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Do kids and weddings mix?

Do kids and weddings mix?

I’m getting married, as you know. But there’s one issue that keeps cropping up: what do we do with our kids? This wasn’t an issue the first time around—I didn’t have any kids then. Now that I’m getting married for a second time, I’m in a different position. Kids don’t typically get the chance to…

I'm graduating from school and I'm 37

Two years ago I began a Masters degree. I was 35, divorced, had two kids and hadn’t been a student in nearly 15 years. Back then, I’m not sure I owned a cell phone, and a notebook was literally a book filled with blank pages rather than a computer. So much had changed since I’d…

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How to help a bedwetter

How to help a bedwetter

If your older child wets the bed you’re probably in panic mode. Overnight camp is weeks away and you don’t want your school-aged child to be anxious about whether or not they’ll have an accident. According to experts, 90 percent of children think they’re the only ones who wet the bed, but this is hardly…

Where to Buy Fidget Spinners & Fidget Cubes in Canada

Trying to find out where to buy fidget spinners in Canada? We put together a list of stores and sites that sell fidget cubes, fidget spinners and other toys available now or on pre-order. These handy little gadgets can help you or your kids stay focused and relive stress or boredom. They're also used to…

Believing in your kids helps them read

New research published in the Child and Family Blog suggests that children read better if their parents believe in their abilities. The study found that parents who don't think their children are good readers tend to make less of an effort to help them read. Instead, they believe their child's skills are fixed and that…

​Grandparents might be a health hazard

New research has found that grandparents may inadvertently be putting their grandchildren's health at risk. Despite their experience and wisdom, certain parenting practices have evolved since their own children were little, and some of their beliefs may be outdated. For instance, the study found that 44 percent of the grandparents surveyed errantly believed that "ice…

Kids' Clothing From $10.19 Shipped @ Bench Canada

Bench Canada has 40% off site wide right now during their Family & Friends Event. That means you can take an extra 40% off sale items, and kids' clothes start at $10.19 with the additional discount. Not to mention that shipping and handling is included for free with no minimum spend. Click here to shop…

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How to find a babysitter

How to find a babysitter

I have a good thing going with my current babysitter. My kids love her, I love her, and she knows their routine. She is there whenever I need her and when I get home, she tells me how easy and good they were. I stare at her in wonder. But now that it's mid-May, I'm…

How much caffeine is too much?

My kids like the taste of coffee. If I'm having decaf, I'll let them have a sip. But after one 16-year-old in South Carolina died this week from a "caffeine-induced cardiac event," I'm feeling a little shaky myself. I can't even imagine how devastated his family must be feeling. I had no idea caffeine could…

The best Mother's Day gesture of all

The morning of Mother's Day I heard my kids in the kitchen at 6.30 a.m. Normally they aren't allowed out of bed until 7 a.m., but in my sleepy haze I realized it was Mother's Day and didn't say a word. I just listened. I could hear their fervent whispering. Something being chopped. Then the…

Canadian Tire To Begin Home Delivery

Shopping online at Canadian Tire currently involves picking up your order at the store. But thankfully that is soon to change. Canadian Tire will be introducing home delivery by the end of 2017. Click here to check out @ Canadian Tire online Until recently, Canadian Tire focuses more in store shopping, but has offered online…

Cleaning kids' ears can be dangerous

Do you clean your kids ears with cotton swabs? I make a point of doing it from time to time. It sounds gross, but we like seeing how much wax comes out of their ears. Some days, it's actually quite fascinating. And since their ears tend to be waxy, cleaning them seemed to be a…

Parents are saying "no" to helmets

I bought my son a pair of Heelys—the shoes with built-in wheels. I've seen other kids zooming through airports and shopping malls in them and figured they would be easy to use. At the same time, they do have wheels. And there are YouTube instructional videos, which means there must be a method to using…

Best Gift Card Promotions in Canada 2017

We have put together a mega list of the best gift card promotions you can find in Canada. There are few things more satisfying than scoring the perfect gift card deal, especially when it includes freebies like a night out at the movies, or more. We will be working on this list so you never…

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I'm getting married...again

I'm getting married...again

It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I just got engaged. An engagement is exciting at the best of times, but for me—a divorced single mom—it's even more poignant. There were times after my divorce I thought I was unworthy of love. I thought I'd never find it again. Without even realizing it, I'd feel…

​When your child wants a Snapchat account

My kids are in Grades 1 and 2 and when they're on the iPad, I mostly worry about how much time they're spending playing games and watching YouTube sports highlights. There's already debate among parents about how much screen time is too much, and it's easy to feel embarrassed if your rules around technology aren't…

Best Student Bank Accounts Canada

How do you choose the best student bank account in Canada, you ask? Whenever I am making a decision, I like to list off my priorities and figure out who will deliver on what I actually need. When it comes to banking -- is it discounts that I want? A few perks? It turns out…

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Using the Bank of Mom and Dad

Using the Bank of Mom and Dad

When I was in high school, I worked at a bagel restaurant to save up for university, travelling and to have some spending money. But my parents remained a big help until I got my first real job and moved out of my family home. That marked the beginning of adulthood and I wanted to…

40% Off Site Wide & Mother’s Day Tote $35 @ The Body Shop

The Body Shop pulled me in with their "ROCK IT LIKE A MOTHER" Mother's Day bags and kept my interest with the amount of stuff included for $35 AND the 40% off site wide sale! Click here to check out all the Mother's Day Bag goodies Mother's Day bags are available for $35 with any…

​Do you use cell phones to spy on your kids?

There's no question that giving your child a cell phone can be a great way to keep them safe. You can check on them whenever you want, and they can call you when they arrive home safely or need your help. Perhaps that's part of the reason we're giving kids cell phones at a younger…