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Parents How-To

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.
I love new year's resolutions. There is something powerful about scratching out one old period of time and making room for what's ahead. Pick one. Say it to yourself in the mirror when you wake up and just before going to bed and try to act on your resolution at least one time during the day.
What can parents do in the December holidays to stop the trends that their teens and young adults seem to wallow in and offer these children a chance to turn their lives around in the new year?
A teenage client of mine calls it "the cereal effect." The less he would do during the summer, the more soggy his brain became. The more he engaged in stimulating summer activities, the more "crisp" his brain was when he hit the school season.
"Son, no matter what you think you'll do for a living, you'll end up a professional waiter," my father told me. Funny as that may sound, somehow he was right. I wait for piano lessons to be done; I wait for soccer to be finished; I wait at the dentist; I wait at the mall; I wait in the car; I wait and I wait and I wait.
Growing boys eat a lot. I know I'm not telling you anything new here, especially if you already have a boy over age eight living in your house. So, how does one keep these growing boys well fed? I've discovered it's all in a little thing called hash. The legal kind of course.
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?
Schools should be a safe haven for all students. A place where children can exchange ideas, learn, play and create memories that will last a lifetime. We all have a role in the school system to ensure that they do exactly that.
There's a video going around of a baby who's using the hand gestures you'd use on an iPad when leafing through a magazine. This video kind of pissed me off. The baby doesn't understand how pages work because her parents have never showed her a book before.
Our kids have been with us for so long, day and night, and we miss them. They may have been the focus of our lives. The irony is, we try very hard to be good parents and to raise smart, savvy, caring kids, but if we do, we'll raise them to be independent.