Opinion: Kids Feeling Peer Pressure? Sorry, Your One-Liners Aren't Going to Help

Forget being individuals. Kids just want to belong. Illustration by Dori Hartley One of the perks of being responsible and caring parents is that we are granted unlimited access to a wealth of phrases I like to call "The Parental Bag o...Kids don’t want to be special amongst their peers; they want to belong. So, maybe it's time to change up your advice.

They're Baaaack! How to Avoid a Holiday Clash When the Kids Come Home From College

Joseph Shrand's kids, from left to right, Becca, Jason, Sophie and Galen, will be home for the holidays. Credit: Dr. Joseph Shrand
Joseph Shrand may be dreaming of a postcard perfect white Christmas, but he knows from the Ghos...
Hey, Ma! I'm home from college for winter break. Can I have the car? And the remote? Maybe a pizza? Thanks! Going out now! Be home at bar close!

My 4-Year-Old Granddaughter is Becoming a Bully ... Just Like Her Mom!

Dear AdviceMama, My 4-year-old granddaughter is the victim of my daughter's yelling, profanity and name-calling if she doesn't listen. They live in my home, so I am a constant witness. My granddaughter is now becoming the class bully in preschool....The number one most powerful influence on our children's behavior is how we ourselves behave. Gently offer to help your daughter find healthier ways to handle her child when she doesn't listen.

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau Dishes on Motherhood

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has a lot going on. When she's not relaying the latest entertainment scoop as etalk's Quebec correspondent, she's busy keeping up with her 2-year-old son, Xavier, and 10-month-old daughter, Ella-Grace. She's also the wi...

The Best Parenting Advice Kathy Buckworth Ever Received...

Kathy Buckworth is a Mississauga, Ontario humourist, author, blogger and (extremely busy) mother of four children: Nicholas, 7, Bridget, 10, Alexander, 16 and Victoria, 18. She has penned four books about the joys and annoyances of parenting, includi...

Kids Watching TV All Day - How Bad?

Had any bad-parent moments lately, where you end up looking around for your Worst Parent Award while wondering just how much you've damaged your child? If your answer is no, check out Links We Love for some amazing Mommy Blog links! If you're saying ...

Daily Dish - Let the games continue

The best parenting advice I've ever heard is also the simplest: play with your kids as long as they will let you....

Would you hire a parenting coach?

I don't know about you, but there are times I wish I had access to an expert on the ins and outs of child rearing. But of course, there is no such thing as an 'expert', right? Wrong. There are schools where you can earn a certificate declaring you to...

What advice would you give a new parent?

I recently attended a baby shower for a first-time mother. After the oohing and aahing over the mom-to-be's belly, we all grabbed a plate of snacks and sat down to watch her open her gifts. Before she opened each gift, the giver was asked to impart a...

Is too much advice undermining parents?

If you Google "parenting advice", you will get almost 6 million hits. There are a lot of 'experts' out there who would happily tell you what you need to do in order to be a better parent and raise better kids. We all want to be the best parents we ca...

Where do you go for parenting advice?

This morning I was stirring my coffee, Nolan propped heavily on one hip, when Nolan gave me his now-trademark face slap. "No, Nolan!" I said, and I put him down on the ground. He started crying. "What are you doing?" Rob asked, watching Nolan grapple...

Parents want concrete support, not parenting lessons

An article online at Society Today suggested that the British government plans to spend more money on advice that may not be welcomed by parents, who are more interested in concrete services than in parenting classes. The comments, based on a survey ...


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