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Samantha Kemp-Jackson

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Samantha Kemp-Jackson is a Toronto-based writer, podcaster, media commentator and mother of four who focuses on the intersections between parenting, technology and culture.
Parents Travelling With Young Kids Deserve Our Kindness Not

Parents Travelling With Young Kids Deserve Our Kindness Not Mistreatment

It's a terrifying thing, the prospect of boarding a plane with two babies or toddlers, while you are the person who must endure the daggers being stared at you by other travellers who are anticipating mayhem. Two babies (or toddlers) and a non-stop flight to a not-so-local destination do not a perfect scenario make.
04/24/2017 12:58 EDT
Keep Your Hands Off My Kid's

Keep Your Hands Off My Kid's Lunchbox

There's a new trend happening around town and it's one that may be catching on. Consider this my civic duty to spread the word and stop the idiocy of being legislated. That's right -- schools are now trying to tell me what I can and can't put in my kid's lunchbox.
11/07/2016 11:50 EST
It's Time To Bring Back Shop and Home Economics

It's Time To Bring Back Shop and Home Economics Classes

As our lives became more hectic and lifestyles more busy, the traditional model of family also shifted. No longer were women staying at home, living out their lives as "domestic goddesses," and increasing numbers of men were shown to be not particularly handy when it came to making and fixing things, and that was okay. But now, our kids don't have those skills at all. What happened?
08/09/2016 12:32 EDT
Stop Forcing Summer Activities On Your

Stop Forcing Summer Activities On Your Children

"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.
06/27/2016 11:25 EDT
Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties,

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.
03/21/2016 04:10 EDT
10 Ways To Get Publicity For Your Small

10 Ways To Get Publicity For Your Small Business

One of the most challenging things for small business owners to grapple with is how to get publicity for their business. With so much "noise" out there with competitors clamoring for media profile, how does a small business get their voice heard above the din?
01/07/2016 02:43 EST
Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You

Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.
11/12/2015 12:49 EST
Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.
06/14/2015 10:55 EDT
Parents: Help Your Kids Say

Parents: Help Your Kids Say "No!" to the #KylieJennerChallenge

As parents, we have an obligation to counter the messages and images that our children are bombarded with, particularly now. If we don't put a stop to it, we're destined to have a whole generation that is not only insecure, but psychologically scarred as well. Here are some tips to help your tween/teen.
04/27/2015 12:37 EDT
Let's End the Myth of the 'Evil

Let's End the Myth of the 'Evil Twin'

There are no polarities when it comes to twins. No "good" one vs. "bad one;" no angelic child versus evil spawn, no duelling forces, vying for the top spot in their respective categories. There are just kids, warts, scabbed knees and all. Though the mythology and expectation of opposite-minded twin siblings is appealing to some, it is, fortunately, untrue.
02/04/2015 12:53 EST
Eight Tips For Moms Going Back to Work

Eight Tips For Moms Going Back to Work Post-Baby

The return to work will be made less stressful if you know that there's someone there that you can count on for support and a friendly ear. Ideally, it would be someone who can understand and empathize with the demands of being a working parent and in an ideal scenario, it may even be your boss.
01/15/2015 12:47 EST
Don't Make Santa Your Parenting

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?
12/20/2014 02:56 EST
Trick-or-Treating is For Kids.

Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.
10/28/2014 01:07 EDT
5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your

5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your Kid

With recent world events escalating in tandem with the ubiquitous 24/7 news cycle, it's almost impossible for a parent to completely limit the access to information that their children may have. Following are five tips for parents about how to calm their child's fears during these difficult times.
10/27/2014 01:02 EDT
Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.
07/02/2014 08:44 EDT
How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?
06/20/2014 08:43 EDT