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How to Make Mother’s Day Every Day Family / Huffington Post

“Because every day is Kids Day,” we all wisely counsel our children when they ask why there is a special day for Mom, and a special day for Dad, but not for them. While this isn’t technically true, the sentiment behind it infers that kids are inherently rewarded every day just by virtue of the fact that they are kids, free from the stressors of...

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Hey Kids: Shut up and Eat Family / Huffington Post

Visit a local bookstore and you’ll see that the cookbook section is filled with several variations of the theme of “Deceptive Cooking.” Loosely defined, parents are apparently being told to disguise good, nutritional food in fun and exciting ways, in order to convince their fussy eaters to switch over from “bad food” (for example breaded, greasy pre-formed objects which require plum sauce), and instead eat...

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Simplify Your Life in Six Steps Family / Huffington Post

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius Despite Confucius’ wisdom, it can be hard to bring things back to the basics in our increasingly complex world. We Google everything, research endless possibilities, find everything we need with a few taps of the keyboard, and we’re dealing with new information coming at us 24 hours a day, seven days a...

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The Supernanny Is More Like a Substitute Mommy Family / Huffington Post

Self-proclaimed “SuperNanny” Jo Frost has recently released a book, in which she explains how to keep toddlers from running and ruining the lives of parents, and basic instructional advice about how to avoid complete meltdowns in public. Theirs, not yours, apparently. She comes at the angle of disciplining children seemingly better and smarter than any parent. After all, what do parents know? Besides our own...

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Spring Cleaning’s Not Just For Moms: How to Get the Kids Involved Family / Huffington Post

It’s been a long, cold winter, and for the first time in a long time, some of us are actually looking forward to spring cleaning…mostly because it has the word “spring” in it. And although spring cleaning is a great way to herald in the new season, traditionally the bulk of the chores fall on mom (or dad). My advice? Spread the chores around by...

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Who Has a More Satisfying Life: Parents or the Childfree? Family / Huffington Post

If you’re reading my column, chances are, you have kids. You may even be reading this while hiding in your washroom or as a way to avoid eye contact with that overzealous PTA mom across a coffee shop. That’s what people with kids sometimes do, unlike their seemingly carefree childless pals. But while this might make us crazy, are we OK with it? Apparently so....

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Huffington Post / Travel

The French Alps are on many avid skiers “bucket lists”, but the expectation that the price is prohibitive prevents many from even exploring the possibility. Extra costs for lift tickets and lessons can escalate quickly. But in Valmorel France, the all-inclusive Club Med ski resort makes managing the cost easier than ever. The concept of the “all-inclusive” resort gained huge popularity in 2001 when Club...

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Family / Huffington Post

“The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don’t have to pay taxes, naturally, no one wants to live any other way.” ― Judith Martin This quote, from Judith Martin, better known as “Miss Manners” exemplifies the best parts of living like a teenager. But when I was a...

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Comedian Kathy Buckworth on surviving the indoors Family / Huffington Post

The family that plays together stays together. At least that’s my reworking of the expression. But as we literally weather one of the coldest winters we’ve had in years, I’m starting to think it’s more like the family that plays together and doesn’t try to lock another family member out in the freezing cold, is the one that survives. With four kids, we do play...

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All I Want For Christmas Is to Stay on Budget Family / Huffington Post

‘Tis the season to be stressed out, falalalala lalalala yikes. While Christmas brings a lot of happiness to families, it can also be a frantic time, and the biggest causes of stress (according to a recent Leger survey conducted for PCFinancial) are associated with gifts; the buying and the giving. Fourty-one per cent of Canadians surveyed listed budget one of their top sources of holiday...

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