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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...

Teaching Kids to Get Along

When it comes to kids’ battles, I consider those fighting words. When parents or teachers leave kids alone to figure things out, what happens is a playroom or playground version of ‘survival of the fittest’. The dominant child, the one who’s stronger in a relationship, learns that force wins....

Staying Friends with Your Ex

1. Take time to grieve the losses. Allow yourself to mourn the loss, especially if the split is recent. Even the most civilized of separations require a time of reflection. 2. Stay on the porch. Don’t go into your ex’s new home and keep him or her out of yours....

Financial Smarts for Kids

Most parents understand that teaching basic money skills means putting a certain amount of money in the kids’ hands and letting them choose what they do with it. The idea is that kids will learn how to manage money simply by having some money of their own. But if you’ve...

Natalie Mac Master and Donnell Leahy: Fiddling With Parenthood

When Celtic musician and international recording star Natalie Mac Master and virtuoso fiddler, Donnell Leahy of the band Leahy, toured together this year, they packed more than their fiddles. They took their family – 22-month-old Mary Frances Rose and three-month-old Michael – on the road with them. Natalie and...

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. ...

Stand-up Parenting

  PARENTSCANADA: Did it bother you to be replaced (by Penelope Corrin) at Air Farce during your mat. leave? JESSICA: It absolutely didn’t bother me, until in came this very beautiful, thin, funny woman and I saw both of us together in the mirror. And there I was – giant! I was nine...

Making Better Home Videos

Gear Up Why is it that people hate to watch home movies? Let's be honest; most people really stink at using a camcorder. Anyone can pick up a camera and turn it on, but with the right tools and a little know-how, you, too, can have Oscar-calibre home movies. Make sure...

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