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Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Freelance writer

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