Parenting

How I taught my daughter about inclusion

How I taught my daughter about inclusion

My four-year-old daughter thinks everyone is her friend. Not just the older girls in the neighbourhood, whose heels she follows around endlessly like a little puppy — everyone. Her “swim buddies” at the pool, who she just met, the kids at the playground, even teenagers […]

4 important things to do once baby arrives

4 important things to do once baby arrives

Life can be one big blur of diaper changes and spit-up once your baby finally arrives. And when you’re just trying to survive the day, it’s hard to think about the essential things you need now that you’re officially a family. Here’s a handy to-do […]

How I keep my sanity as a stay-at-home mom

How I keep my sanity as a stay-at-home mom

Transitioning from my daily corporate gig to a full-fledged baby raiser has certainly been an eye opener to say the least. It’s been a little over two years since I traded in my blazers for baby bottles, and while I don’t miss the daily grind […]

3 tips for your trip to the pumpkin patch

3 tips for your trip to the pumpkin patch

October is pumpkin picking time. If you’re heading to the patch this weekend, here are three things you can do to create a great experience for you and your family. Pick the right patch It’s not all about the pumpkin these days. Most families heading to the […]

5 ways to wind your kids down from summer vacation

5 ways to wind your kids down from summer vacation

There’s a funny thing that happens when summer hits. Our kids’ bedtimes slip later and later into the night, bath time is replaced by a few laps around the kiddie pool, and measuring sugar intake, well, that just doesn’t happen, does it? Is it any […]

Children & nightmares: 6 ways to stop scary dreams

Children & nightmares: 6 ways to stop scary dreams

As a child, I was terrified to go to bed at night. My parents were great parents, but didn’t always censor what I saw on television. I watched what they watched, which were shows such as Unsolved Mysteries and movies like Fire In The Sky. […]

The moment you decided to try for a baby

The moment you decided to try for a baby

Do you remember it? The moment you decided to finally start trying? Maybe it came to you one day as you fawned over a newborn, their tiny fingers wrapped around yours, confirming your parenthood destiny. You rushed home to your partner, closed the shades and […]

Why is it so hard to make mom friends?

Why is it so hard to make mom friends?

When my brother and I were little, our parents would take us camping with their friends and their children, all of whom were boys. Every summer, I found myself squirming out of headlocks and sitting around the fire while a symphony of armpit honking echoed throughout […]

5 skills kids develop through music

5 skills kids develop through music

It’s long been said that music soothes the soul, and for kids, a great tune can do much more. Research shows that musical education helps children develop fine motor skills, ignite creativity and enhance socialization. And a study from McMaster University shows that it’s never too […]

For the frill of it

For the frill of it

Most three-year-olds fall asleep next to their favourite stuffed animal. My daughter? A mound of satin, tulle and lace. Gangly stockings hang on a nearby chair, her sparkly ballerina flats tucked neatly under her bed like a pair of slippers. A nighttime ritual to ensure the quickest route into her […]