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A Dad Shares 15 Parenting Secrets

All advice should be taken with a grain of salt, although experience is a great teacher. My parents passed some thoughts on to me while others were learned along the way. Maybe some of them will be useful to you. 1 Teach your children to make eye contact with the...

Grandma’s View: Say Thanks to Grandma

I HAVE A FEW LITTLE CONCEITS when it comes to wooing my grandchildren. I unashamedly admit that I want them to want to be with me. I want their faces to light up when they see me. I want them to occasionally phone – just to keep in touch...

The Push to Get Physical in School

I believe our schools, communities and each of us as parents need to teach the whole child – mind, body and spirit. As adults, many of us don’t really understand how much our physical health affects our mental clarity, energy and outlook. In our work culture, we tend to...

I Don’t Like My Friends’ Kids

It’s not that my own kids are models of behaviour – particularly the oldest during her punk phase – but at least I can intervene when it’s my own darling scarfing up the shrimp puffs I spent hours preparing for my guests. And no, I don’t find it precious...

21 Ways to be a Better Divorced Dad

Even if you don’t have joint custody, move close to where your children live. You need to be available when unforeseen circumstances arise. Talk to your children, either in person or on the telephone every day. ...

You’re The Expert: Same-Sex Parenting

Our ParentsCanada national survey on same-sex parenting found Canadian parents across the country comfortable about the rights of same-sex partners to have families. Of those parents surveyed, 79 percent accepted that gay or lesbian couples have the right to parent children. Fully 95 percent said that they would not...

Same Sex Parenting

Anna And Sylvie, Montreal Mothers To Two Year Old Sacha Having two moms or two dads isnt unusual. According to 2001 Census, the first in Canadian history to collect data same-sex families, there were 34,200 same-sex common couples in Canada. Out of that number, 15 percent of lesbian couples and...

The Mommy Wars

The right to choose to be a full-time mom or a career mom was supposedly settled in the 70's and 80's. Now the issue is a battlefield again as champions of both sides come out swinging. The reason: a growing number of highly educated and successful women are picking...

Raising Davis: Thoughts from a Working Mom

6:05 A.M: I'M OFF and in the lead. Following Davis dad, Paul, I head for the shower, hoping Davis will give us a 20-minute head start. 6:20 a.m. All bets are off. Davis is up. There are lunches to pack, breakfast to be made, clean clothes to pack for...

Raising Mary: Thoughts from a Stay-at-Home Mom

It was late in the afternoon and with the sunlight already bleeding from the sky, I knew I had to get out of the house. My fourteen-month-old and I were sick of each other. There were a few hours before her bedtime and my husband wouldn't be home from...

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