Tag: lifestyle


Can’t always get what you want Family / The Good Life

Lately I’ve noticed a phenomenon that, while it is not entirely propagated by my children, is certainly perfected by them. I could put it down to basic word definition confusion, but I think it goes somewhat deeper than that. You see, they seem to be entirely unclear about the difference between the word “can” and “want” and their associated derivatives. Allow me to explain, via...

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What Moms Really Want Family / The Good Life

But it doesn’t have to be all about being a Mom. Moms really want to take the day to celebrate being themselves, but maybe surprisingly, mostly without the kids. So, what’s the perfect gift for busy Moms? “Time”, according to founder and partner of Mabel’s Labels, and mother of six children Julie Cole. “I remember one Mother’s Day when I had three kids and the...

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Private School Primer Family / The Good Life

Even before their children are born, parents start to think about the educational path they will take. In fact, how and where to educate a child is one of the biggest decisions parents make. And while in Ontario the public school system has a strong reputation for a quality education, the private school sector continues to thrive. Andrea Nair, M.A., CCC, Psychotherapist and Parenting Educator...

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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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Kids: Go The F To Sleep Or Get An F Family / Huffington Post

A recent study has concluded that children who get regular sleep perform better in school and have less behavioural problems, than those who didn’t have a set bedtime. The researchers out of University College London saw positive changes in kids’ behaviour when they went from non-regular bedtimes to a scheduled one. Enforcing a bedtime can be tough at the beginning, but there are ways parents...

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Are You Over-scheduling Your Kids? Family / Huffington Post

When I was a kid, like many of my friends I would race home after school so I could change and get outside to play. We used to run from door to door seeing if other kids could also come out to play. You know the word “play,” right? Besides when it’s referencing a video game? We would stop playing only for dinner and homework...

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Are You the Parent? Then You’re the Boss Family / Huffington Post

How democratic parenting is letting us down: a top-ten list. 1) It’s wasting our time. An unusually long amount of time can be spent attempting to explain to subordinates (children) why certain things just “are” (such as bedtimes, dental appointments, nutritious food, etc.) when a simple “Because I said so” takes less than four seconds. Try it. 2) It’s forcing us to redirect our energies....

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Turns Out Canadians Don’t Always Play By The Rules Family / Huffington Post

Canadians are typically known for being polite, apologetic and careful. But when it comes to insurance, a new Leger research study commissioned for PC Insurance, suggests we’re not always following the rules — or playing it safe. While no Canadians would ever admit to driving without car insurance, a quarter of us say we’ve been involved in accidents that we have not reported to our...

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How You’re Still Leaning In, Even if You’re an ‘Opt-Out’ Mom Family / Huffington Post

Ten years ago, the phrase “opting out” became a part of the lexicon, due mostly to a New York Times op-ed piece called “The Opt-Out Revolution,” written by Lisa Belkin about the growing trend of women dropping out of high powered careers in order to stay at home with their families. Flash-forward a decade, and many of these women are finding themselves in a position,...

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