Astrid Van Den Broek

Astrid Van Den Broek is a Toronto-based freelance writer, mother of two and frequent contributor to ParentsCanada.

The benefits of sharing a bedroom

For many parents, each child having his or her own bedroom is ideal. But sometimes it’s not possible, nor even preferable. Don’t sweat it. There are lots of benefits to bunking together.

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

What does Earth Day mean to you? We asked parents to share how they celebrate the day.

Turn these 6 nasty hygiene habits into good ones

Teaching hygiene to your kids may seem like a losing battle, but here are ways to deal with the worst offenders.

Dealing with mean girls

Here’s some Mean Girl Management 101 for you and your daughter.

Six ways to get your child ready for middle school

It’s a big leap from elementary school to junior high school.

6 Reasons Moms Should Play Team Sports

Weary of warrior posing? Bored with boot camping? Restless with running? Maybe trying a team sport is one way to get your mama mojo back.

School advice from parents who have been there, done that

Ever get the feeling that parents of older children know the secrets to school success? We poured them a coffee and asked them to spill the beans.

When’s the best age to tackle some big kid milestones

While parenting manuals walk us through those early infant milestones such as when to introduce solids or start toilet training, some of the more nuanced ones are harder to gauge. So we asked the experts for sound advice on when to go for it.

Does going back to school make financial sense for you?

Look at going back to school as an investment, and make sure it will pay off.

What’s your stance on circumcision?

Two moms and an expert weigh in.