Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.
Samantha Kemp-Jackson, aka “Multiple Mayhem Mamma,” is a successful parenting writer, media commentator and podcaster. As a regular staple on the Canadian media landscape, Sam has appeared on a variety of broadcast, online and print media outlets including The Canadian Press, Reuters, CTV and CBC Radio & News, among many others. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star among others and her straightforward perspective on parenting has made her a frequent interview subject on outlets including Global News, Maclean’s, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and many other local and national outlets. Sam can also be found providing opinion as a regular weekly panelist on CTV News Channel’s “Behind the Headlines” segment with Beverly Thompson. For a more detailed overview of her broadcast and online media interviews, visit her media page, on her blog at here.
Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?
03/27/2014 12:20 EDT
While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.
02/13/2014 05:19 EST
If your kids see you jostling to get the best shot of the most mundane moments of life, just so that you can post a picture of it on your Instagram account, they'll follow suit. If you post inappropriate images or comments on social media, the will be seen by your children, guaranteed. Limit and moderate your own social media activity.
12/13/2013 05:43 EST
The festive season, not surprisingly, can be one that causes anxiety for many of us who are trying to balance parenting along with all of the other responsibilities. The good news is that there are ways for parents to alleviate the stresses that are a very real part of the holidays. By following the tips below, you can survive the festive season with the kids -- and even enjoy them as well.
12/03/2013 08:47 EST
Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. The decision of the school board to cave in to these demands is political correctness on steroids.
10/29/2013 05:12 EDT
I'm against kids "winning" at all costs. This refers to the growing trend of letting all kids win and telling them that "everyone's a winner." Everyone is not a winner. That's why we have the designations of "winners" and "losers." Someone has to lose. It's not pretty, but that's life.
10/21/2013 12:30 EDT
It's a brave new world in which we're living and digital technology has upped the ante in the parenting realm. As parents of younger children as well as tweens and adolescents, we have to take the digital world seriously. Our children's safety is at stake.
10/07/2013 01:02 EDT
There are parenting methods that are known to be detrimental if not downright damaging to a child. Try doing these and you'll more or less guarantee that your child will grow up to be a person who, let's say, won't be the most well-liked or respected in their social circle.
10/01/2013 05:48 EDT
Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.
09/23/2013 12:27 EDT
Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?
09/05/2013 09:03 EDT
The thought of school with "big kids," teachers and the vast unknown of "school" is overwhelming and downright frightening for the uninitiated. It's equally as stressful for the parents as well. Luckily there are tips and strategies that moms and dads can use to get through to make their child's first day and first week of learning a positive one.
08/19/2013 05:08 EDT
I recently went shopping for back to school clothes with my three young kids in tow. As insane as it may seem to take your kids along with you while picking out clothes for the season, it actually makes things easier and more efficient as you're able to size things on the spot. As the first day of school looms, here are some proven tips for back to school shopping with kids.
08/12/2013 05:39 EDT
Cursive, and all of its inherent benefits, provides us a link to our past, connectivity within our present and a portal to our future. For these and so many other reasons, cursive is a skill that must remain within our schools and our cultural realm.
08/06/2013 12:14 EDT
School's out and the kids are antsy. Is it any wonder that parents worry about their children getting into trouble during the dog days of summer? Whether they're playing outside in the backyard, headi...
07/24/2013 12:04 EDT
The soaring mercury often brings out the worst in us, and children are particularly susceptible to the heat. Depending on how high temperatures climb, kids can become extremely irritable and can experience heat stoke, if we're not careful. To this end, here are five simple ways to beat the heat with the kids this summer.
07/19/2013 12:16 EDT
Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.
07/09/2013 12:29 EDT
For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.
07/05/2013 12:00 EDT
I've come up with some ways to mitigate the madness and make the impromptu visit by unexpected guests occur without you having to crawl into a hole from embarrassment. Following are some simple tips on how to clean your house in 15 minutes or less.
06/30/2013 11:12 EDT
Children need to look up to their parents and have some degree of reverence and respect for them in order to truly take home the lessons that their mothers and fathers try so hard to teach them. For this and many other reasons, I won't be revealing my deepest, darkest feelings to my elementary-school aged child any time soon.
06/25/2013 12:24 EDT
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