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My 17-Year-Old is Addicted to Video Games!

Dear AdviceMama, Our family is trapped in video game hell. My son is 17, and the gaming is out of control. It has ruined our relationship, turning him into someone I don't even know who uses language that I can't believe is coming from him. ...
I've long believed that we don't understand how addictive video games can be to some people.

My 14 Year Old is Awful to Her Younger Sister!

Dear AdviceMama, My 14-year-old is always angry with her 11-year-old sister. She is also rude with me. She is very caring to others, especially little children, and is a good friend at school. It is hard for my younger daughter to watch he...
It's painful to watch anyone treat our child unkindly, but it's doubly difficult when one of our own children is inflicting the damage.

Passing on Perfection: Why Being a 'Good Enough' Parent Is Great

Yesterday morning, I got home after my 5:30 a.m. boot camp to find my husband of 16 years had locked one of the cats in the closet, and she had pooped in his favorite carry-on bag. Neither of the children was up, and the bath I ask him to draw...You can try to be perfect, but please cut yourself some slack.

My Preschooler's Whining Is Making Me Crazy!

Dear AdviceMama, I have a 4-year-old son. What do you recommend when he whines? It drives me crazy, but when I try to get him to stop, he just does it more! Signed, Driven Crazy Mom Dear Driven Crazy Mom, I feel for you. While par...
A child's plaintive, repetitive whimpers can make even the most easy-going parents lose their patience.

My Teen's Grades are Dropping and College is Around the Corner!

Dear AdviceMama, My teenage son's grades have been going downhill all year. His last report card was all Ds, a few Cs and one A. The main reason seems to be that he doesn't study enough and has been missing assignments. If I say anything to ...
My teenage son's grades have been going downhill all year and college is around the corner, what should I do?

Computer and Video Games Make My Boys Forget Homework and Even Dinner!

Dear AdviceMama, Once my sons are on the computer or video game, I can't get them to come to dinner or do their homework. They say they aren't hungry, or that they have to use the computer to do their homework. What can I do? Signed, Tec...
Can't get your kids to unplug? Take a look at your own tech behavior.

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...

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