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Should kids have more freedom?

Honestly, parents were way more chill decades ago. As kids we hung out under the sun, not always under our parents’ watchful eyes. Is summer the season of supervision, or should we let our kids roam until the streetlights come on?

Episode 45 – June 24 – Prenatal Health

From the moment the second line appears, pregnancy is an overwhelming experience. This week we're talking all about prenatal health. Dr. Hinal Sheth joins us to help address some of the most common pregnancy questions and concerns.

How to Teach Your Kids to Use Inclusive Language

Making sure children have the right words to express themselves and respect the identities of others is a priority now more than ever.

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Keep healthy snacks within reach

Janice Biehn, editor of ParentsCanada magazine, talks suggest how to make healthy snacks available for your child.

What’s on Netflix Canada this July

Netflix is ready to show off this summer with a ton of original content. Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitter's Club gets a new spin and so does Unsolved Mysteries. Remember that one? There's well-loved shows back for their new seasons and new movies to curl up and enjoy as a family.

How to teach racial acceptance

Canada’s growing diversity should mean racism is a thing of the past, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. What can parents do to promote acceptance of all colours, cultures and creeds? QUITE A BIT.

8 Parenting Myths Debunked

You've heard them before. Things like "pacifiers are bad" or "you won't sleep again." Dr. Dina sheds some light on eight age-old parenting misconceptions.

Expecting

Why do I have bright red cheeks during pregnancy?

There are a lot of reasons why you might experience red, rosy cheeks during your pregnancy.

Can I Eat Sushi While Pregnant?

There's so many things to avoid during pregnancy, but do you really need to quit sushi, too? We asked a doctor to weigh in.

10 pretty floral baby names

We've got pretty floral baby names that might be a good pick (see what we did there?) for your sweet babe.

Baby

Newborn milestones and development

You've waited nine months for your newborn and you don't know what to expect. Ease your fears by reading how your newborn will develop.

How to babyproof your home

While it's not possible to make your home completely baby-proof, there are lots of things you can do to make it as safe as possible.

What to Do if Your Baby is Tongue Tied

Often tongue tie may persist without immediately noticeable symptoms. However, as your child grows, it may affect speech, oral hygiene (due to not being able to use the tongue to clear debris from the teeth and gums), licking movements (like moistening the lips) or even playing an instrument.

Is there a ‘normal’ weight for babies?

It’s not that simple, says Dr. Dina Kulik, a mom, pediatrician and Emergency Medicine Physician at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Toddler

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.

5 Ways to Help Kids Stay Connected During Physical Distancing

We’ve rounded up five from-a-distance ways to help your rugrats stay connected. Together apart, y’know?

What to Do if Your Toddler Isn’t Talking Yet

Toddlers can be tough to understand – but when does that become a problem?

How to curb a fussy eater

Got a picky eater on your hands? Registered dietitian Jill Wallace offers the tips to ensure mealtime goes off without a hitch.

Preschool

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.)

What Not to Say to a Single Parent During COVID

When my marriage fell apart 18 months ago, I felt a lot of big things: grief, grief and more grief, fear, relief,...

Making the Most of It: Celebrations in Isolation

Even in physical distancing, there we will always be life events to acknowledge. So how can we celebrate while remaining physically distant? We've got the goods!

Talking To Kids Who Feel Too Old For Booster Seats

If your child is fighting back to ditch the booster and sit upfront prematurely, you’re going to need to put on the brakes. Here’s how.

School Age

Raising body-positive kids (in a not-so-body-positive world)

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.)

Growing pains 101: 5 fast facts

From a vague ache to the potential for serious discomfort, growing pains come in all shapes and sizes. It’s hard to see your child suffering, especially when there’s no physical booboo to cover with a superhero bandage, but here are five quick facts to help you ease their worries (and your own!).

Parents, Let Yourselves Off the Hook for Screen Time

It's easy to worry about how much time your kiddo spends in front of the television, tablet or computer during physical distancing. One expert tells us why you shouldn't overthink it.

These Education Apps Have Extended Their Free Trials

As much of the country continues to learn from home, we’re all looking for ways to engage our kids in something other than YouTube and TikTok (well, that’s my house at least. If I have to watch another compilation of people dressed up as Teen Titans characters, I’m going to lose it). And while my kids’ awesome teachers have been sending so many great lessons and activities, I have grown frustrated trying to figure out what other apps and sites might entice Sophie, 8, and Juliette, 5, to spend screen time on skill development. That’s why I was delighted to hear that many educational app developers have extended their free trial timelines, to give families a chance to really sink their teeth in and find programs and games that work for them. With help from our friends the App Store, we’ve compiled a quick list below. (Please note: Just type the app name into Search wherever you purchase your apps! They are available for both Apple and android devices.) Preschool/Kindergarten Hungry Caterpillar Playschool: Colourful, interactive lessons for kids aged five and under in spelling, math, problem solving,...

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