Tag: raising independent kids


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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Parents, Step Back So Your Child Can Solve Their Own Problem Be The Boss / Family / Parents Canada

On a recent media trip to Panorama, B.C., I had the opportunity to interview Kimberly Joines, who competes at the World Cup level on the Canadian Paralympic Ski Team, and who is heading to Sochi, Russia for the Paralympic Winter Games in March, following the Olympic Winter Games in February. Kimberly is a “Sit Skier”, meaning she skis down the hill (at record speed, naturally)...

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Lean In? How about Fall Down? Family / Huffington Post

Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, is encouraging women to “Lean In” to their careers, with her book of the same name. Essentially she is tackling the age-old dilemma of how women should compete in a “man’s world.” She argues that unless women approach a relentless pursuit of success at the office, we will never be able to achieve equality at home, both in...

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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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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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Hallelujah — The Kids Are at CAMP!! Family / Huffington Post

My two youngest children are away at camp, and this reprieve from the usual melee that goes on at my house has allowed me to reflect on those things that kids do, and that use up equal measures of time and patience in ways you wouldn’t realize unless you had kids, and then suddenly they were gone. Allow me to explain: • Being grateful when...

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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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Parenting: The Ultimate Workout Family / Huffington Post

The holiday season is mere weeks away and our ambitions to fit into that cute sleeveless little black dress gain strength. But who has time or energy to work out? Good news, moms: it turns out you already are working out. As a public service, I just wanted to remind you of all of the exercising you’re already doing. • The Toddler Squat: If you...

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Baby Butt-lers Family / Huffington Post

There’s a new industry that has emerged as an offshoot of one of the oldest professions in the world. It’s dirty, often takes place late at night, behind closed doors, and creates controversy in terms of what’s really right and what’s really wrong. That’s right: parenthood. But fear no longer, because today it is recognized that just because you actually are a parent doesn’t mean...

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