Playtime is just plain fun, and it’s also an essential way to keep minds and bodies active and thriving. As the warm weather hits and school ends, it’s the perfect time for families to explore and rediscover activities, games and toys, all while building those all-important developmental skills. School’s out but that doesn’t mean the
As a kid, I was jealous of my non-Indigenous peers whose families had the luxury of not being touched by this traumatic history. When the news broke that 215 babies were buried on the ancestral lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, on the grounds of a former residential school, a lot of disturbing
It’s not that I’ve given up, it’s just that’OK. Maybe I’ve kind of given up. I like to think I was a diligent parent when my kids were tiny. I spent my pregnancies researching and preparing for their babyhoods. Their carefully-curated newborn outfits were meticulously washed in baby-friendly detergent. Guests were greeted with hand sanitizer
When Chrystia Freeland revealed the Liberal government’s 2021 budget, which included an ambitious five-year plan for improving child care costs and access across the country, it was met with equal parts excitement and skepticism. After all, Canadians have heard this before, especially those of us who pay exorbitant daycare fees in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
It was about four or five months into the pandemic when Lisa Francis’s* eight-year-old daughter started getting sleepover invites from another family. Francis, who lives in Orillia, Ont., had been diligently following public health guidance, so she said no. “And the other mom said, ’Oh, right, you’re still doing the whole pandemic thing,’” Francis recalls.
Fighting with your partner after baby is almost a certainty, but there are ways to ease the hate. I asked Elana Sures, a Vancouver-based clinical counsellor in private practice, about this Google search. When she stopped laughing, she said that, yes, this is very, very normal (phew). “Having a child is one of the first
When the pandemic arrived last March, Puneeta Sandhu McBryan had just given birth to her first child, a boy. As she locked down and contemplated the future, the popular narrative was that a lot of couples stuck at home would use their free time to make sourdough loaves’and babies. Sandhu McBryan, who lives in Edmonton,
When we slowly emerged from the familiar fog of new parenthood, it occurred to me that I longed for the person my wife was before she was a mother. About a year after our son was born, my wife, Akiko, and I vowed that we would have a date night every month. It was the
If you’ve been avoiding the deep clean, these hacks from @gocleanco’s Sarah McAllister will make it a whole lot easier. “My level of clean is a little bit… different,” says Sarah McAllister, laughing into the phone. That is to say it’s spotless, thorough and’as the Go Clean Co founder’s 1.5 million Instagram followers would attest’totally
With variants spreading more easily, whole families are coming down with coronavirus. If you know a family that is sick with COVID, here’s what they need most. Note: Please check your provincial and regional guidelines regarding essential outings and consider delivery when possible. It’s hard to ignore the sad fact that COVID numbers are once