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25 Quick-Fire Questions with Cat & Nat

With seven kids between them, Cat & Nat know just how lonely and isolating motherhood can be, so they made it their mission to bring women and moms together. Their rapidly-exploding community of like-minded mamas tune in every day to watch them rewrite the paradigm of “the perfect mom.” With honesty and humor, Cat & Nat dismantle the unrealistic portrayals of motherhood that are often presented on both social and traditional media. With the purpose of supporting, uniting and celebrating women from all walks of life, Cat & Nat shine a witty light on some of the hardest topics in motherhood by delivering real, raw, uncensored content to women and moms from all around the world. What is your idea of the perfect day? If it’s with kids, we love to start the day with a Starbucks coffee. We have morphed over the years to have the exact same order to make life easier. We walk the dogs and let the seven kids play while we do work, make lunch, feed kids and chat. Once the husbands are done with work, they join us for cocktails and dinner. It usually ends in a dance party, and Nat has to leave her...

11 Tasty After-School Snack Recipes

Packaged snacks are great. If you have the bandwidth, spend the weekend working on a few baking projects as a family. The fruits of your labour become a satisfying after-school tummy grumbles. Plus, they're all very delicious. Take note, some double as on-the-go breakfast eats. 

Is full-day kindergarten too much for four-year-olds?

For parents and children, full-day kindergarten means a consistent routine with less juggling for alternative child care, but is it right for kids, parents and teachers alike?

Baby & Child Care Encyclopedia

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Why are there so many September birthdays?

Seriously, there are so many people born in September. Between the 9th and 20th, to be exact.

Astrology for kids: What to expect from Virgo

Born between August 23 and September 22, Virgo is an earth sign that is a sensible perfectionist, hard-working and caring friend. 

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,...

Expecting

What you need to know about gestational diabetes

Are you at risk of developing this condition? Learn how to test for gestational diabetes and how to manage it.

How to save up for a mat leave

Congratulations, you’re having a baby. Now is the time to start squirreling away money for a smooth mat leave. We've got easy tips to help you get started.

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.

Baby

Do Babies Dream? And 10 Other Newborn Questions Answered

Now that your little bundle has arrived, welcome to the baffling world of parenting and searching for answers to random questions for the rest of time. We’ve got the...

Options for Treating Flat-Head Syndrome

Nobody’s head is perfectly symmetrical, but what do you do if your baby’s head is flat on one side? Flat-head syndrome isn't totally uncommon, here's what you need to know.

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.

Toddler

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?

Autism Awareness or Acceptance? Why We Should Shift Our Language

Each year, April 1 marks the start of International Autism Awareness Month. Mayors in many cities around the world raise a symbolic flag, and awareness campaigns are often launched on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. But autism advocacy groups are calling on the public and media outlets to use a different word instead of awareness: acceptance. The idea is that this shift would push the general public to be even more inclusive of people on the autism spectrum. Words Matter Since the early 1970s, autism groups around the world have worked hard to educate schools and workplaces about the signs, symptoms and facts of autism. And while this has been largely successful, the autistic population is still extremely marginalized: Many are under-employed, suffer from depression and often live in poverty. General public “awareness” has had a limited tangible impact on the lives of people living with autism and may have even led to some of the negative stereotypes. A deliberate rebranding, however, aims to achieve specific goals like the following: increased employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum more positive, empowered and diverse portrayals of autism in media and entertainment next-level inclusive classrooms, especially in secondary and post-secondary schools The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) started calling April Autism Acceptance Month in 2011, explaining that, “Acceptance of autism as a natural condition in the human experience is necessary for real dialogue to occur.” Facts to Feelings At three years of age, Avi was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He communicated mostly in three-word phrases and had an extremely active and creative imagination that kept him focused on acting out and repeating animated movies and children’s songs he had memorized. He struggled to socialize with his peers. Several years ago, I facilitated his transition into school in my role as Director of...

40 must-do summer activities

Summer time and the living is easy. Well, maybe not so easy with kids, but hopefully a bit more laidback. Behold, your essential summer activities checklist. (If we could add a checkmark emoji, we would.)

Preschool

5 Ways to Create a Positive Sleep Environment in Your Home

When the kids don't sleep, the parents don't sleep. The math is simple, for all to be well-rested, a positive sleep environment needs to be implemented. We pulled a few tips to get you started.

Expert tips for raising body-positive kids

We spoke to four experts about how to best help kids learn to love themselves. (And if you could use a confidence boost, take a cue from these parents.)

15 kid-friendly picnic recipes

A picnic can be as simple or elaborate as you like. We've sourced our favourite kid-friendly recipes so the whole family can enjoy dining al fresco.

School Age

5 must-have skills for kindergarten success

Help your preschooler transition to all-day learning with these skills.

Medicine Cabinet Go-tos and Giving Medication

Take stock of your medicine cabinet every few months and replace anything that is expired or nearly empty. (You’ll thank yourself in the middle of the night with a sick kid!) Read on for medicine cabinet basics to make sure you have your bases covered.

10 Amazing Indigenous Children’s Books to Add to Your Child’s Library

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, we've rounded up 10 incredible Indigenous children's books about Indigenous culture, by Indigenous authors or acknowledging the Indigenous experience in Canada. With the recent discoveries of unmarked graces at residential school sites across the country, adding these books (and so many others!) to your child's library can help to start the conversation about this part of our country's history, as well as to introduce and celebrate the bright and vibrant cultures of Canada's Indigenous peoples. To learn more about how you can get involved and give back to Indigenous communities, check out Reconciliation Canada, True North Aid and other registered organizations who are focused on providing different kinds of support to Indigenous groups across the country.

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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