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Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Writer, Media Commentator and Podcaster

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.
Seven Ways Technology Is Affecting Our

Seven Ways Technology Is Affecting Our Children

Not only are we enamored with the ability to send and receive information in a digital format, but our children are equally smitten. I hear more and more parents bemoaning the fact that they're not able to retrieve their iPad or laptop from their young child who is busy surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. Here are the top seven ways that digital technology has affected our children -- the good and the bad.
07/05/2012 07:39 EDT
I Was a City Slicker Humbled By The

I Was a City Slicker Humbled By The Rockies

My family and I are city slickers, that's a fact. We love the life that living in the downtown core affords us. People say that "back to nature" is the way to go if you want to get a real perspective on life. Hogwash, I thought... until now. My motor-mouth and city swagger was at once shot down by the scene before me. I had been humbled by the mountains.
06/25/2012 05:05 EDT

"Daddy Daycare" and Other Misconceptions

You can't babysit your own kids. That's fairly obvious. At least in the case of women, or so it seems. Apparently those in possession of the double-X chromosome are the only ones that are the true "parents" of their children; men are merely "caregivers," if you believed a recent census.
05/24/2012 04:54 EDT
Top 5 Myths About Twins Alamy

Top 5 Myths About Twins Debunked

Being a parent of multiples means putting up with many questions and even more misconceptions. It's not surprising that people are interested in what it's like to have twins, raise them, parent them and live with them. It's evident that as much as people would like to know about twins, triplets and other multiples, there are a lot of misconceptions about them. Accordingly, here are the top five myths debunked.
05/17/2012 03:40 EDT
Tips for Surviving the Dreaded alamy

Tips for Surviving the Dreaded Playdate

Having kids means having playdates -- events for which there are no guidelines, and a lot of potential problems. Here are some basic rules for making it through a playdate with your bases covered, the little ones happy and best of all: your sanity.
05/08/2012 04:45 EDT
Top 10 Travel Terms for Alamy

Top 10 Travel Terms for Parents

Paris has given way to Pull-Ups and Annapurna has been replaced by Anbesol. The reality of your life now revolves around coping with the challenges of vacationing with the little ones in tow. To this end, here is a guide for parents that offers clarification about what some of the most commonly used travel terms really mean.
04/25/2012 10:56 EDT
Loot Bag Larceny and Other Parenting alamy

Loot Bag Larceny and Other Parenting Perks

Surreptitious subterfuge is part and parcel of being a parent. Stealing candies from babies is just one of the many things that we parents do in our quest to equal the playing field and "get ours."
04/05/2012 09:41 EDT

"Are We There Yet?": How to Travel With Children

The mere thought of boarding an airplane with a young child -- or two -- strikes fear and anxiety into the hearts of parents everywhere. The perceived stress of air travel with potentially apoplectic children at 30,000 feet does not invoke a happy and stress-free mental picture.
03/08/2012 04:27 EST
I Hate My Kid's New alamy

I Hate My Kid's New Friend

In an ideal world, your child would choose the nicest, most polite, smartest and best-behaved kid to be her new best friend. Wouldn't that be just dandy? Well, you've probably figured out that this utopian parenting fantasy is just that -- an unrealistic dream that has likely never occurred in the history of human kind.
01/24/2012 09:49 EST
That Guy Beside You Could be a

That Guy Beside You Could be a Spy

The news this week that a member of the Canadian Armed Forces was allegedly passing along classified information to a foreign entity is unsettling at best. As troubling as our national security is the realization that evil may indeed lurk amongst us. How well do you know your neighbour?
01/19/2012 12:22 EST
Great Expectations: Children and the Culture of alamy

Great Expectations: Children and the Culture of Entitlement

With growing frequency, our kids are starting to expect what's coming to them -- and more. We live in a world of "stuff," whether it's toys, electronic gadgets or items of clothing. Given that we live in an extremely consumerist society, are we really surprised?
01/16/2012 10:00 EST
Why I'm Sleeping Through New Year's Alamy

Why I'm Sleeping Through New Year's Eve

Revelry and late-night partying do not go well with early-rising children and the never-ending responsibilities inherent in parenting. That being said, there is still a tinge of envy when watching the youthful, unencumbered revelers plan for the big night.
12/30/2011 11:45 EST
The New Bigotry Against

The New Bigotry Against Babies

Kids can be difficult at times and definitely tiring. They can also be loud and unreasonable and in some instances, completely intolerable. Funnily, so can many adults. And yet they're allowed to dine at most establishments with impunity.
12/09/2011 09:16 EST
Why Do We Care if Kate Middleton Is PA

Why Do We Care if Kate Middleton Is Pregnant?

On the outset, Canadians maintain our collective independence from Britain, but on some level do we perhaps feel a tinge of envy that we've lost out on the revelry that comes with having an incumbent king -- or queen?
12/01/2011 09:36 EST
The Parent Trap: Why You'll Never Be the Perfect Mom or alamy

The Parent Trap: Why You'll Never Be the Perfect Mom or Dad

The fact of the matter is, perfection -- particularly in the area of parenting -- is impossible. There is no simple guidebook that will ease the way through the difficult baby years on up to the trials of adolescence. What is that expression about a road paved with good intentions?
11/18/2011 09:03 EST