Parenting

Trying to stick to a plant-based diet this holiday? It is possible to be festive while skipping out on the meat and dairy. Holiday brunches, festive sweets and so many treats don’t have to derail your plan to eat plant-based this year. These new meat- and dairy-free essentials deliver all the right flavours of the
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As wave after wave of the pandemic pummels our world, working women have felt the sand rushing away from under their feet. Here, three women tell Chatelaine about the stresses of balancing paid work with domestic responsibilities. Photo: Courtesy of Rowena Alivio Rowena Alivio, 48, Vancouver I started working as a dealer at the Parq Casino in
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Jennifer Pinarski asks other parents for advice on how to talk to young children about the significance of Remembrance Day. Peace is when you smile at someone and make the world a tiny bit brighter Peace is when you hear a baby laugh, or give a hug to the hurt— Excerpt from a poem by
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Not all play is equal, experts say. Here are five “open-ended” ways to encourage kids to engage in creative, imaginative playtime “Play is vital for development. Play is a biological necessity,” says Carol Reid, a former professor and namesake of the Carol Reid Early Childhood Education Resource Centre. You’ve probably noticed that preschoolers love to
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With Halloween fast approaching, I realized I’m more than a little behind on the kids’ costume prep. I’m terrible at Halloween. This is supposed to be the fun part, right? Spooky decorations, cool costumes, and candy overload. How could any parent fail at Halloween? I always start out with the best of intentions. This year,
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After enduring every adoptive parent’s nightmare, Tom Motyka and his wife, Michelle, finally got a happy ending. After trying for a year to conceive, undergoing a heartbreakingly unsuccessful round of in vitro fertilization and waiting two long years after our initial application to adopt, our two-day-old baby arrived at our home on Christmas Eve. Brought
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At some point in late spring, I looked at my kitchen table and realized that between the crafts, laptops, leftovers (and at some point even a Tupperware of tadpoles) this space had become the centre of my family’s life. It no longer gets cleaned for potlucks or wine dates with friends—it’s become an intensely communal
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The Parenting Junkie shows how to set boundaries with family. Some family dynamics can be harmful to children and therefore setting boundaries with family is important. When you learn how to set boundaries you can feel more comfortable attending family gatherings. Setting boundaries with parents especially setting boundaries with your parents can sometimes feel more
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Making a sign, showing up and taking a stand for your beliefs is one way to show your kids and your community what anti-racism work looks like. When George Floyd’s senseless murder was broadcast around the world, Tara Watts, a Toronto-area single mother of three, was watching. With a 10-year-old daughter and two sons, ages
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