Janice Biehn

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Janice Biehn is the Communications Coordinator for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (pwrdf.org), part of the Anglican Church of Canada. Instead of writing about families in Canada, she now writes about families in vulnerable parts of the world working to improve their access to quality healthcare, nutritious food or clean water. She has been married to Craig Douglas for 27 years and they have two daughters, Katie, 23 and Gabbie, 21.

Put a little zip in your parenting

This past weekend my family spent the day together at an adventure park traveling through the treetops in harnesses and zip lines. Our daughters, 15 and 12, feature themselves as daredevils and enjoy these types of physical challenges. My husband and I are not ones to stand on the...

Find your balance with ParentsCanada

In our upcoming May issue, our behaviour expert Michael Weiss talks about the Tiger Mom phenomenon. This authoritarian style of parenting is by no means new (if anything, it’s old), but it has a new currency with the release of Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. ...

Does your child have affluenza?

Growing up on the edge of a native reserve in British Columbia, Calvin Helin witnessed first-hand the effects of government handouts. “My father was a hereditary chief and his family opted out of the Indian Act. He rejected welfare. But I had cousins who grew up on reserve and...

Signs of Spring

There are many exciting signs that spring is in the air, with summer just around the corner. Melting snow, buds waking up. But none is more thrilling to me than the lengthening day. At the end of the work day, I am greeted with daylight. It happens every year,...

Get a Health Tune-Up

As we dot the last “i” and cross the last “t” on our Family Health issue, in stores in early March, the subject of wellness weighs heavily on my mind. I’m 43. In the last 20 years I’ve quietly gained about 40 pounds – let’s call it pregnancy weight that...

Thoughts from Janice – February 2011

We’ve been trying something new in our house – Family Member of the Day. I think I stole the idea from a movie, but rest assured, our family has put our own spin on it. Here’s how it works. While sitting around the dinner table or before bed slouched in front...

January 2011

I recently heard a procrastination expert talking on the radio about the folly of New Year’s Resolutions. The holidays are the worst time to try and change old patterns, he argued. Why set goals for yourself during the time of year that, for many, can be stressful and wrapped...

Celebrate the holidays with our Food Issue

Who does the cooking in your house? Both my husband and I love to eat and entertain, but after a few years of marriage, it became clear that he cared more about what went on the plate than I did. If it were up to me, we would eat...

When is a Hot Dog not a Hot Dog?

FRANK TALK When is a hot dog not a hot dog? When it doesn’t include nitrates, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Father of two and Toronto entrepreneur Matthew von Teichman found that out the hard way when his company, Life Choices, began the packaging approval process for its...

Make Time For Play

There’s an old poem by Thomas Hood about November that paints the 11th month as a fairly gloomy one. Here’s a snippet: “No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” Talk about depressing. My birthday is in November, so it’s always been my favourite...