Parenting

Photo: iStockphoto The Government of British Columbia has put an end to “birth alerts” — a practice that allows hospital staff to alert child welfare workers that a newborn may be at risk for harm, without informing expectant parents. This practice, which can lead to traumatic child apprehensions soon after delivery, disproportionately impacts Indigenous women.
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Amassing napkins, tea lights and random pieces of glassware (don’t make me explain, just enjoy the options when I’m making you a cocktail) is my standard strategy for trips to Ikea. (That and the staple soft ice cream cone I ravage while raging around the parking lot looking for my car.) 25 best things to
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Illustration: Holly Stapleton When my two kids were little, I felt I had to inhale every moment with them. Every time they tasted something new, every time they fell off a swing—you don’t get those moments back, which meant everything else had to wait so I could be present for them. I resisted pursuing a
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Photo: iStockphoto On our daily 10-minute walk to my son’s school in Toronto’s west end, we pass a number of familiar sights: a couple of small dogs (a Boston terrier named Happ and a chihuahua named Milo); a grubby parkette littered with ancient, sun-bleached toys; the malodorous dumpster behind the seafood shop; the somewhat less
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF VISIT ANNAPOLIS 1. Explore downtown Annapolis Annapolis is Maryland’s capital city, but you’ll quickly discover it’s nothing like Baltimore. The walkable city is easy to maneuver with the kids or hitch a ride on the free Circulator bus, which operates daily and does a loop around the city. On Main Street, you’ll
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Photo: Eric Putz When her daughter started kindergarten, Ann Toohey enrolled at the University of Calgary as an undergraduate student. She was 40. The mom of one already had a liberal arts degree in chemistry, but after two decades of doing various jobs—in cancer research, bike-path development, fundraising and communications—Toohey realized she wanted to work
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Isaac and Gillian explore a new town during a summer day trip. Photo: Jennifer Pinarski “Who can we play with today? Where are we going? What are we doing?” These questions are asked by my five-year-old daughter Gillian and eight-year-old son Isaac as soon as they wake up in the morning. My strict early bedtimes
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Christophe Ledent/iStock 10. Ottawa, Ont. Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,009Percentage of families with children: 45%Percentage of population under age 15: 18%See more stats about Ottawa, Ont. here City of Aurora 9. Aurora, Ont. Average monthly toddler daycare costs: $1,130Percentage of families with children: 57%Percentage of population under age 15: 18%See more stats about Aurora,
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1. Improper car seat installation Did you know that up to 80 percent aren’t installed or used correctly? Before installation, sit down with both your car seat and vehicle manuals. Still unsure? Ask your local fire or police department for information about car seat clinics near you. 2. Using a car seat that has expired
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