Parents want to raise emotionally healthy kids. The key to healthy emotional development in children is helping them recognize different emotions and learn how to handle those emotions in healthy ways. What is NOT healthy is teaching children to avoid certain emotions. For example, there was a time when boys were told not to cry.
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When indoor air quality expert Jeffrey Siegel has a few select family members over for dinner these days there are a couple of extra guests in the room. He adds a few strategically placed air purifiers near the dining table, one next to those who are at the highest risk of being infected with COVID—for
My second child, Edie, was the best baby ever. She slept a lot, and easily. She rarely cried or fussed, and was happy to go anywhere with me, in her baby carrier snuggled against my chest, whether on a subway ride downtown or across the Atlantic for my best friend’s wedding. She truly loved being
After a day of tobogganing, kids will love customizing their own drinks at a DIY hot chocolate station. It’s the perfect family activity to keep you warm and cozy! Hot chocolate bars are the ultimate combination of sweet treat and family activity. Budding baristas can experiment with flavours and toppings, like crushed cookies, candy or
Amidst a pandemic, a pregnancy and a mat leave, I lost touch with myself…and denim fashion. Before entering the mall, I slip on a holiday-themed mask. I’d meant to grab my black one, but I left it on the counter next to the baby formula, so my face has been transformed into Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Whether you’re a doomscroller, a comparer or someone who lives for “likes”, taking a break from social media could make you happier over the holidays. Last year, Olga Kidisevic decided that she didn’t want to spend the holidays scrolling through social media. “I had been really busy at work and I felt like I was addicted
In recent years, women have shared stories of their infertility, miscarriages, postpartum depression and birth trauma. But there is one area of reproductive health that moms are still reluctant to open up about, and that’s abortion. It may surprise you to learn that many of the women who have abortions in Canada—perhaps the majority—are moms. According
Autism – Chelsea talks about finding out her children have autism. Does your child have autism? How did you react to finding out your child was autistic? learn more about autism: http://www.smarterparenting.com/specific-lesson/view/autism-spectrum-disorder
Raelene Dundon will never forget the day she realized it was time to tell her preschool son he was autistic.* When they were visiting her eldest son’s classroom for story time, some of the students noticed that the younger boy seemed similar to their autistic classmate and told Dundon’s eldest that his brother had autism.
The Parenting Junkie asks what marriage advice did you receive? How did your parents model a happy marriage? Or if they didn’t what did they model? If you find yourself asking how to improve your marriage, or looking for healthy marriage tips you may not have had a healthy relationship modeled for you (most of
Winter is here, which means it’s cough season. But not all coughs are the same. In this video, learn about RSV & croup, two respiratory viruses that affect young children and cause distinctive coughs. Dr. Kristen Bruno discusses how you can tell if your child has one of these respiratory infections. Plus, find out what
Having a weekly scheduled hour for myself saved me after my son was born. But we’re not talking yoga class—my me time was intense. While on mat leave, I took my me time seriously. Like, really seriously. Oh, how I looked forward to my rare afternoons off. I’d book my mother-in-law to watch my baby for
Do you feel emotionally or physically burnt out as a parent with young children at home? One of the biggest risks parents face today, is burning out. In this video, I want to share 10 Signs you want to look for that will tell you you’re entering Survival Mode. I’m Avital, aka The Parenting Junkie,
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If schools get shut down again due to a lack of preventative measures by the provincial government, I am going to lose my shit. Earlier this year, I was feeling incredibly optimistic. The end of the pandemic looked like it might actually be in sight, as vaccines were rolled out across the country more quickly
I dreaded bedtime with my seven- and five-year-old daughters. Specifically, nagging to get them in the bath. Followed by breaking up naked dance parties and begging them to put on their pajamas. Then, haggling over which books to read and how many. More negotiating over who got a turn to sit on my lap and
“I just want to be small and cute like them,” she says, looking at her classmates, and my heart breaks. Like many big babies, our daughter entered the world through a door, and not a tunnel. An emergency C-section culminated in a kind of obstetrical puppet show as the doc held a long, pink, squalling
The ‘Frozen’ star is the latest celeb to admit that she only throws her kids in the tub when they absolutely need it. When Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher joined Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast last week, the couple caused a stink after admitting to not bathing their kids, Wyatt, 6, and Dimitri, 4, all
My mom doted on me and my sisters endlessly when we were kids. Her life revolved around us. I have very little sense of who she was as a person outside of being my mom. I’m immeasurably grateful for how singularly devoted she was, but her dedication has created an unexpected tension in my own