For many people, becoming parents can put a strain on their relationship—all of a sudden, this little cute bundle sucks up all of the time, energy and attention new Moms and Dads have to give. Adjusting to the caregiver role can leave very little in the tank for anything else, which has the potential to kick connection and intimacy further down the priority list. But this is just one issue couples face when it comes to evolving together in a relationship—and the pandemic has unfortunately put a spotlight on this—so we spoke to Toronto-based psychotherapist Kat Kova about how couples can reconnect, sexless relationships and more.
ParentsCanada: Let’s start with the pandemic, because it’s on so many people’s minds. How can couples make time for each other right now, despite having so many other stressors and possibly very little alone time?
Kat Kova: We definitely don’t have to just wait for the pandemic to be over to make time for each other. But we do have to acknowledge how difficult this time is for everyone. People just don’t have as much energy. They’re consumed by fear of the future, fear of getting sick. They don’t have access to their support systems...
With the ShiShu Creations Baby Coverall Bib, you'll no longer have to worry about a messy, wet baby. You'll never be nervous about stains and spills on your little one’s outfits after they’ve finished eating.
As an influential voice in the body confidence space, Sarah Nicole Landry (aka The Birds Papaya) brings people together by sharing honestly about her journey of divorce, self-worth, living beyond your body and love. We caught up with the super-popular influencer to ask 25 rapid-fire questions about her career, parenting, her role models and more.
What is your idea of the perfect day?
This is where the ambivert (both extrovert and introvert) in me comes out, because I'd love to spend half the day with family and friends doing something where you can dress up and enjoy fancy cocktails..and then the...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.)
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.