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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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Myths and Truths About Being Canadian Family / Huffington Post

There are many stereotypes about Canadians. If you are Canadian, and you just read that sentence out loud, you probably just hit one of them when you undoubtedly said “aboot.” Am I right? Actually, as a Canadian, I’d have to say, no, I’m not right. I’ve yet to meet a Canadian who does that, yet that particular impression persists. So what can I tell you...

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European and French flags wave in the wind at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on June 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS Family / Huffington Post

I think North American women are ready to put up an “arret” sign against the recent barrage of books by French femmes who are writing about how they drink champagne, eat foie gras and don’t get fat; bring up beautifully behaved children simply by setting out a few non-negotiable ground rules, get those same children to eat anything (only at prescribed times), and how they...

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Reasons to Have a Dinner Party (Hint: They’re Not Just for Guests!) Family / Huffington Post

I had a dinner party this weekend. It was a Hunger Games themed dinner party which may or may not have included a “Pin the Arrow on Katniss’s Face” competition. But not all dinner parties have to be that fancy. At my house, inviting people over for dinner works for me on several interesting and often unexpected levels. 1. I have to clean my house....

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The “No Internet” Punishment: Online Rules for Out of Line Kids Family / Huffington Post

I’ve always believed in the parenting principle of finding out what your kids like the most… and then taking it away from them as a form of punishment. The thing is, kids are very transparent, or “authentic” in today’s social media terminology. They simply cannot hide when there is a toy they really love, a friend they prefer over all others, or an activity they...

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Tiger Mom vs. Lager Mom Family / Huffington Post

A recent book about the phenomenon of “Tiger Moms” caused quite a stir in the parenting community. I’m not going to name it, because then you might buy her book instead of mine, and frankly, I think she’s doing okay. And it would just prove that HER mother was right, if she’s more successful than me. Basically the premise of the book is that the...

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Zombie Moms: Losing Sleep Over Kids at Any Age Family / Huffington Post

The huge on-line success of the book Go the F**k to Sleep is due mainly to one thing: Every single parent in the world has uttered these words, either in their inside or outside voice. From the string of sleepless nights a newborn delivers the minute they come home from the hospital, through scary school age nightmares about The Grinch, to the awakening sounds of...

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Happy, Who’s Happy? Family / Huffington Post

A recent report has suggested that family “fun” is anything but, indicating that finding personal happiness through the act of having children is a tad… overrated, and concluding that in fact children can bring the level of “happy” down, not increase it. I don’t really think this will come to a surprise to many people — oh, sure there are some great times to be...

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Teenagers vs. Toddlers: Which Are Worse? Family / Huffington Post

I recently engaged in a debate online with other parents about whether they thought the teen years or the toddler years were harder to survive. Depending on the age of your children, opinions vary, although I think that parents of toddlers who nod and say, “I hear teens are worse” don’t really believe anything could be difficult than the perilous parenting of a tippy and...

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