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Over the weekend, my son was snuggled up on my lap — at 8 years old he can still fold himself up and into the crook of my armpit, which is something I treasure. And these days (OK, all days), there’s a discernible ache at the thought of him literally growing out of sitting on my lap. (Suffice it to say, I don’t find Munsch’s book I’ll Love You Forever so creepy anymore.)
That said, he’s also old enough to begin experiencing self-esteem issues revolving around his body and what he looks like. ...
Oh, the dreaded S-E-X talk! When does one begin talking about it with their kids? How do we approach it? What do we include? How on earth? Well, when my kids were smaller, I would wonder about this now and then, but not all that much, as I was was just a tad bit busy with keeping them alive and placing one foot in front of the other.
But now, through their own development and curiosity and of course, the unavoidable influence of media and ‘entertainment,' my kids have questions, and the mythi...
As Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Turtle Island, of this land, we have been tasked with an important challenge put before us by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. But what does this look like for parents? What can we teach our kids, our friends, our extended family members, our colleagues and our neighbours about being allies? Or, if you’re an Indigenous parent, what can we teach kids about rising above past and present oppression and standing tall in their Native Pri...
As a mom, one of the powerful teaching tools I have is rooted in harvesting concepts found within Indigenous traditions. In fact, sharing stories of cultural belief systems and traditions has proven to enrich our lives.
As an Indigenous parent, I envisage the faces of those born and unborn — the future of the next Seven Generations — when making decisions and taking action based on those decisions. One of those decisions is teaching my family to care for and protect the earth, something that ...
What do you do when your kid is anxious, tired, stressed out or about to blow a gasket? Do we help them monitor and regulate their emotions and therefore their behaviours?
We sure do, because little kids have a whole lot of emotions to figure out, and exploring confusing feelings in dynamic and often complex environments at school and at home isn’t easy.
While developing emotional intelligence (EQ) and social and emotional learning (SEL) is not a unique challenge to this generation of kids, a...
If you know where to look, there has been a noticeable reclamation for Indigenous storytellers. Notably, it's visible through technology and modern forms of online gaming, comic books, animation and transmedia. And while content for “mature audiences” is definitely on the rise, I was still able to find plenty of action for kids! These Indigenous and FNMI (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) creators hail from across Turtle Island, and are aiming to eliminate negative stereotypes of Indigenous peo...
Before actually having any children, in my dreamy idea of maternal life, I postulated about all that I would and wouldn’t be with so much certainty. And if I’m being really honest, these ideals I had concocted in my brain were a direct product of the judgement I established towards parents who I saw doing some of the exact things I said I’d never do.
So to all of the would-be, could-be, expecting and newbie parents out there: check yo’self.
And to all of those whom I thought I could do it “be...
Whether you’re putting together cards for classmates with your kids, or sharing a few with friends and family, these printables are a fun and interactive way to bring back some simplicity into yet another Pinteresty, candy-filled and budget-crushing holiday.
So, if you’re looking for an alternative to the pharmacy variety — and find yourselves particularly smitten with these adorable hipster llamas — download this free printable to cut out and colour at home.
Depending on the age of your kids...
We're a multicultural family focused on revitalizing and sustaining a kinship that's rooted in Indigenous-based traditions and practices. But we also find ourselves living alongside colonial perspectives and expectations, which would be enough to make anyone a little — or a lot — perplexed.
These are the hurdles we live with every day, but I know the struggle is real no matter who you are or where on the parenting spectrum you fall.
The truth is, we all get exasperated and frustrated and maxe...
“Yayah, what are they called in our language?” asks the children on the first page of A Day with Yayah, pointing to trees and plants while on a family gathering excursion. This radiant picture book, from Nicola I. Campbell and Julie Flett, is a story of Indigenous language reclamation. There’s also an emphasis on how the characters connect to the healing power of the earth, the wisdom of their elders, and pride in their heritage to guide them.
Campbell, the 2009 TD Canadian Children’s Literat...
By Selena Mills
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Let me preface by stating that I don’t believe politeness and having good manners to be mutually exclusive. As parents, we hope to teach our kids to be polite. But what does that really look like? To many, it means to smile, to speak quietly, and dole out hugs when asked. To walk, not run, to eat all of the food served up and agree, even when we disagree. The message is clear: If, as parents, we don’t comply with the flow of societal expectations i...
What if in your search for special gifts, unique and carefully made, you could also support worthy causes close to home? This roundup features ten Indigenous businesses that are giving back to their communities and inspiring social good. Their support extends year-round, not just during the holidays. Peruse their offerings and think outside the box, each one offers an array of quality gift ideas to suit everyone's needs, personal style and taste.
10% of the profits from these...