Nurture

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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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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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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It may take a little digging, but there are serious savings to be had at this discount superstore. Oh, Dollarama. The store with long aisles, bright lighting and jam-packed (but perfectly organized) shelves may seem overwhelming at first glance, but there are serious bargains to be had. Think of shopping at Dollarama as you would
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If our custody schedules align and all of us are at home, I wake up with the kids and make smoothies for breakfast. Into the blender go frozen strawberries, yogourt, a fresh banana and some juice; my beloved Vitamix blends it all into a unified whole.  My household, on the other hand, is far from
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Living within your means, budgeting, and saving for important goals should be discussed openly — and they should be discussed often. In many households, money is a taboo topic. Some parents would rather talk to their kids about sex than money! Many parents say they avoid talking about money with their kids because they don’t
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Meat-free doesn’t have to be a Monday thing. These ready-made proteins taste great and make plant-based eating a no-brainer. With the refresh of Canada’s Food Guide in early 2019, more and more families are now embracing plant-based meat alternatives—and why not? These vegetarian meats taste great and are kinder on the environment. While cooking without
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Men need to be out in the world demanding childcare and support for working parents with the same fervour as mothers. “Sorry, I can’t do that meeting this afternoon,” the nation’s big bankers and lawyers have started saying to their bosses, months after their wives began saying similar things to their own. “I’ve got to
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In June 2018, Carrie Seaton* was paying close to $2,500 a month in child care for her two kids. She and her husband faced a one-and-a-half-hour commute to and from work each day from Mission, BC, to Vancouver, and both had jobs at which late-night meetings were often scheduled at the last minute. They were
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