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January 8, 2022
Social Media Hid My Secret Life As a Drunk Mom

A glass of wine in hand, I'd scroll through my social media page and see the happiness I shared with the world. I'd also wonder how long I was going to lie to myself about my drinking is a problem. By the third glass, those thoughts stopped and I'd continue to scroll and pour, scroll […]

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May 8, 2021
What is the best way to explain death to a child?

The popularity of bestselling memoirs such as When Breath Becomes Air and The Bright Hour, both meditations on death by authors who died young, suggest that death is a topic many of us like to think about (while alone, reading silently) – yet, it is still a subject many of us are woefully bad at […]

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August 1, 2018
How Family Ties Help Moms Unbind From Addiction

Ashleigh Rider panicked when she returned to her townhouse one afternoon to find the business card of a child protection services worker stuck in the jamb of her front door. She had feared this might happen, but she was also tired of the guilt and shame she felt for using alcohol, crystal meth and opiates.

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July 19, 2018
Violent Video Games Can Encourage Learning

Four times a week, 13-year-old Evan Spencer and his buddies rush to their Xboxes to play Call of Duty, the violent, popular sniper game set in the Second World War. While some of his friends shoot enemies long after they're down, or spray bullets indiscriminately, Evan does not.

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June 30, 2018
Physical Activity, Sleeping Habits for Children

How much screen time is too much for kids ages four and under? How much physical activity should they be getting? How much sleep should they get? Trying to figure out the answers is enough to make parents' heads spin.

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May 21, 2018
Why kids’ behaviour may be worse than ever − and how to fix it

Raising children is a joy, except when it’s absolutely maddening. And it may be more frustrating today than it’s ever been, says Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of the new book The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – And What to Do About It. We spoke to Lewis about […]

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May 11, 2018
Top 10 Signs Your Teen May Be Using Drugs

No parent, especially an enlightened, modern parent, wants to accuse their teen of using drugs or drinking. And some parent may feel inclined to sweep odd behaviour under the rug, rather than confront their child and ‘be the bad guy’.

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April 21, 2018
Parent Cheat Sheet : The Internet Slang Dictionary

Have no idea what your kids are saying when they type  TTYL, BBFN, LMK, or TMSIDK? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of us parents feel the same way. It’s like your kids are texting or writing in a foreign language, one designed specifically to keep you out of the loop.

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April 6, 2018
Confessions of a Luddite Mom

Confessions of a luddite mom: or, how my secret weapon has taught me well Okay, okay, I know I’m mixing metaphors or what have you in my title, but you trying living with a Smug Teen. It’s hard out there when your knowledge of technology reaches its limits with knowing how to program the VCR […]

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January 5, 2018
Facebook Privacy - Important News Every Teen Must Know

If you didn’t already have enough reasons to caution your teens on ‘think first, post second‘, here’s another for you: Facebook posts as far back as 7 years can be used as part of a background check for job applicants. Yes, you read right. The US Federal Trade Commission tells us that legally, Social Intelligence Corp (a […]

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