Tag: family


Why Can I Recharge My Gadgets But Not Myself? Family / Huffington Post

As a mother of four children, at any given time there are a multitude of electronic units recharging themselves in my house. Between BlackBerrys, iPhones, hand held gaming units, video cameras, digital cameras, toothbrushes, and the occasional ill-advised noisy toy, our outlets are jam packed with cords leading to devices we had no idea we needed before we acquired them. Sort of like children, I...

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Seven Ways to Survive Baby’s First Christmas Family / Huffington Post

Like most holiday seasons, many families are planning on multi-generational get-togethers, particularly if there is a “baby’s first Christmas” to celebrate. But having a new baby around at Christmas can be as stressful as it is wonderful. Try to keep things nice, and not naughty by following this tips: • Prepare to have the baby’s schedule changed up just a bit, but try to keep...

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Are Kids Today More Expensive? Family / Huffington Post

Two of my kids have Post-it notes stuck to the fridge which read “Money Mom Owes Me.” The irony of this is not lost when I’ve known that the average cost of raising a child in Canada is approximately $300,000. That’s for one child. As the volume of children go up, the cost per child drops, presumably because of some shared expenses and hand me...

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Teaching Your Kids Mobile Manners Family / Huffington Post

According to a new study by President’s Choice Services Inc., 48 per cent of Canadian parents with children aged 11 and over now let their kids carry a cell phone. The majority of Canadians (52 per cent) felt somewhere between the ages of 13 to 16 was an appropriate age to give a child a mobile device, compared to the 31 per cent of Canadians...

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Don’t Be a Lilly Dipper — How to Get Ahead Family / Huffington Post

My son recently returned from spending a month away at camp, and was regaling me with stories of rugged outdoor activities, pranking counselors, and a much anticipated overnight canoe trip. “It was good”, he said “Especially when the guy that was a Lilly Dipper fell in.” “A Lilly Dipper? What’s that?” I asked. “It’s when you just dip the paddle in and skim the surface...

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What They Don’t Teach in Babysitting 101 Family / Huffington Post

Like many 12-year-olds, my daughter recently completed her babysitting course, which in theory will enable her to venture forth into the world of watching other people’s children with insight, knowledge and experience. However, after having reviewed the course materials and grilling her on the information that was shared, I do believe that as a mother of four I should share some vital facts which seem...

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Canadian Living: Online / Family

It’s painful, messy, labour intensive and stressful. No, its not childbirth, but getting through the holiday season when you have children. You may have heard that Christmas is really all about children. It is. It’s all about them. They’ll tell you so themselves. It is very easy to get swept up in the consumerism and overzealousness of the holiday period, in the eternal quest to...

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