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.
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Samantha Kemp-Jackson is a <a href="http://multiplemayhemmamma.com" rel="nofollow">Parenting writer</a>, podcast host, <a href="http://www.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/parenting-then-and-now/id1248528858?mt=2" rel="nofollow">senior public relations advisor</a> and mother of four including identical twin boys. She has the dubious distinction of having <a href="http://www.multiplemayhemmamma.com/2015/11/toronto-life-feature-experiencing-motherhood-at-a-later-age.html" rel="nofollow">raised kids in four separate decades</a>: the '80's, '90's, '00's, and the '10's. <br> <br> A frequent <a href="http://www.multiplemayhemmamma.com/media" rel="nofollow">media guest and commentator</a>, and also known for her popular "top tips" and advice, her blog also includes reflections on various aspects of parenting, insight and opinion. In 2013, she released an eBook that included the best of her Top 5 and Top 10 tips from her blog. " <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GUJP776/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00GUJP776&linkCode=as2&tag=multmayhmammm-20" rel="nofollow">Meltdown in Aisle 5: Top Parenting Tips From Multiple Mayhem Mamma</a> <br> " can be found on the Amazon store. You can also follow Samantha on <a href="https://plus.google.com/106147739997818202247" rel="nofollow">Google Plus</a>, <a rel="nofollow">YouTube</a>, <a rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>, <a rel="nofollow">Twitter</a>, <a rel="nofollow">Pinterest</a>
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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