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As a parent, it’s ok to ask for help

Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, taking the time to call in your village is a must. Here’s why.

Astrology for kids: What to expect from Aquarius

Born between January 20 and February 18, Aquarius is vibrant, bubbly, curious, intelligent, a friend to all and progressive. 

5 Ways to Help Kids with COVID-19 Anxiety

Every day, there are new developments and updates in the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for suggestions to help kids to process information and handle their anxiety in these difficult and unsettling times.

Baby & Child Care Encyclopedia – Read it Now!

This resource is created in partnership with Canadian health care experts, to give you so much of the important info you need...

Annual Guide for New Parents – Read it Now!

ParentsCanada - Annual Guide for New Parents   If you’re expecting a new addition (or if you’ve just welcomed...


Quick and Easy Blueberry Bagel with Lemon Ricotta

Quick and easy to prepare, this is a tasty, easy treat for…well, whenever. And just in time for National Bagel Day on January 15! The creamy combination of fresh flavours on a blueberry bagel makes it a delicious choice for breakfast, snack time or even as dessert. 1 blueberry bagel (such as Dempster’s Signature Blueberry Bagel) 1/3 cup (75 mL) ricotta cheese 1 tsp (5 mL) honey 1/2 tsp (2 mL) lemon zest Split and toast the bagel to your desired level of golden. Stir together ricotta, honey and lemon zest. Spread lemon ricotta over both halves of the bagel. Tips: For a more...

Do I need a routine for my baby?

Everyone wants to know when your baby eats, sleeps and poops. Don’t let schedules and lists stress you out.

Tips To Treating Fevers

My six-year-old daughter had a fever that would come down with Tylenol but then kept going back up after the medication wore off. What’s going on?


Everything You Need To Know About Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

For women who have previously given birth by caesarean, the option of attempting a vaginal birth for future pregnancies is becoming more commonly used. Here's the lowdown on vaginal birth after caesarean, or VBAC.

Do Vasectomy Reversals Really Work?

A vasectomy is often approached as a permanent birth control solution, and most of the time, it is. But what happens if circumstances change and a man ultimately regrets his decision to get snipped? To learn more and get some answers about vasectomy reversals, we spoke to Dr. Premal Patel, a urologist who specializes in male infertility, microsurgery and sexual medicine at the University of Manitoba. In basic terms, how does a vasectomy work? “The basic idea of a vasectomy is to stop the flow of sperm from the testicle,” Dr. Patel explains. “The vas, which transports sperm from the testicle, is blocked to stop this.” “It does take time for the system to clear out, which is why the doctor performing the procedure requires the patient to perform a semen study to confirm there is no sperm present—or very low quantities of non-moving sperm—at around 2 to 3 months from the procedure.” This means providing a sperm sample and waiting for lab results to confirm that the procedure was a success—and until then, using another method of birth control. “It is important to know that a vasectomy does not cause immediate sterility, and you can get someone pregnant!” How common are vasectomies? Roughly 55,000...

20+ Essential Items for a New Baby

Expecting a new addition? Congratulations! Overwhelmed by the amount of gear you need to buy? We get it. And we’ve got you. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite baby basics to help get you ready to welcome your little one. Read on for 20+ essential items you’ll need in the first year.


What to Expect When Your Baby Starts Talking

Much like taking those first steps, kids will say their first words in their own time. That first sweet, intelligible word will likely show up between nine and 12 months, with a few more words to follow in the months after.

Astrology for kids: What to expect from Pisces

Born between February 19 and March 20, Pisces are water signs that are known for their caring hearts and kindness. Full of imagination and always willing to help, Pisces will always champion for the underdog. 

How Dads Are Updating The Script On Fatherhood

It wasn't so long ago that fatherhood had a straight-up Don Draper mentality. Now, more and more dads are flipping the script on their expected roles, taking paternity leave, being stay-at-home dads and pushing away breadwinner expectations.

5 Things To Know About Diaper Rash (And How To Deal With It)

Dealing with diaper rash is one of the first tasks new parents master (because it comes with a lot of on-the-job training) but a raw, red case of diaper rash can quickly cause a crisis of confidence. Here’s some info to ease your conscience and help you soothe your baby’s skin.


How To Promote Positive Mental Health At Every Age

We take our kids for regular physicals and make sure their vaccinations are up to date. How can we inoculate them against mental health problems, too?

Are You Ready To Balance a Second Child?

A second child is a lot more work than your first. There's cost, time and energy, read on if you've got baby on the brain.

Will swearing in front of my kids %#$* them up?

Deputy editor Lisa Van De Geyn speaks to a child psychologist and potty-mouth parents (*raises hand*) to answer this %#$&*@% question.

Photo Essay: What Does Fall Look Like?

It turns out kids aren't always opposed to doing homework, if the assignment is to capture the beauty in fall. Over Thanksgiving weekend, we asked three families to take snaps of autumn in all its glory, as they see it, and the pictures we got back...well, scroll to see for yourselves. Thanks to Claire and Emmett Hunter, Abby and Declan Jackson, and Alexis McEachern for sharing their budding photography talents.


Wash your hands with The Wiggles

Scrub those hands nice and clean and have some fun while you're at it. The Wiggles will help you to get it done.

Meningitis B: A Survivor’s Story

Meningitis B can be hard to spot in its early stages. Read on for one young woman’s battle with the disease, the symptoms to watch for and the importance of vaccination.

10 Creative Ways to Show Kindness As a Family

The calendar is now full of random celebration days—you probably see them crop up on social media. Some of them are funny, some are...

When should I take my child to the eye doctor?

The world is a wondrous place—a rainbow of colours and a myriad of shapes, with new faces and places at every turn. Most of us assume our kids are seeing the world perfectly. But how can we tell for sure?

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Five Tips to Help Your Kid (and You!) Learn Code

We asked teachers from across Canada for advice on how parents can help kids learn code. Here are five tips from those in the know.

Teaching Kids How To Not Spread Germs

Kids love to share, well, everything. But when it comes to germs, keep'em to yourself! That's easier said than done. We have tips to help.

In a digital world, here’s how to keep kids safer online

By Dr. Elka Walsh, National Learning and Skills Lead, Microsoft Canada risks Every October, we recognize Cyber Security Awareness Month, a time to learn about the benefits of being cyber safe and practicing good cyber security habits to keep ourselves, our children and our devices protected on the internet. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Life Happens Online” acknowledging that over the last two years much of our lives have gone digital. Technology has enabled us to connect with family and friends, find new sources of entertainment and continue pursuing career and education goals but it’s also created more opportunities for exposure to online threats.  For years, kids have grown up in environments where elements of their understanding and learning have been derived from the internet. Using the computer to complete homework, develop presentations or chat with friends and classmates is no strange concept to them. With so many more things shifting online because of the pandemic including their education, it is important for parents and teachers to create safer online environments for kids. At Microsoft, we want to help kids thrive at home or in class with all the...

Help kids learn to cope with stress

Kids get anxious. Hard stop. But news flash: cortisol (some, anyway) isn’t only inevitable, it’s good for everyone. It’s all about healthy ways to deal.

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