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Illustration: Anoosha Syed 1. Keep all toxic cleaning supplies and other chemical-based products out of reach in top drawers and shelves. 2. Use the back burners and turn the handles of pots and pans inward so that no one can grab them. You can also buy knob covers and stove guards that prevent toddlers from
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Photo: Courtesy of Janine Cole One Saturday morning last fall, my marriage ended before I even had a chance to finish my coffee. Our three kids were clearing the table—an onslaught of nine-year-olds were arriving any minute for my daughter’s book club. As our kids stacked breakfast dishes in the kitchen, my husband, Mike, looked
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The risk of your kid doing a stupid dare is no longer limited to peer pressure at school. Any child with access to social media can be exposed to these sometimes gross, sometimes dangerous challenges that are trending online on platforms like YouTube and TikTok. Childish (and sometimes harmful) dares are nothing new. For instance, “bloody
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Photo: iStockphoto Parenting is hard work—you both deserve a break to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and each other. Don’t let L-O-V-E fall by the wayside just because you’re stuck at home with the kids. Here are seven ways to get creative with your Valentine’s Day plans: 1. Do a day date Play hooky or take the day off so you
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Photo: Erik Putz “We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility. Adults keep saying: ‘we owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to
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Photo: @watermeloneggrolls via Instagram Back-to-back pregnancies mean putting your head down and pushing through another round of diapers and sleep deprivation. Or you could experience life on the other side for a year or two before plunging back into baby land… Pros of having kids close in age —You’re done with the baby gear faster
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Photo: iStockPhoto Growing up, I had a clear vision of the life I wanted to build: a successful career, a comfortable home, a loving husband and four beautiful kids—ideally two boys and two girls—all close in age, spaced out in perfect little every-other-year gaps. I imagined they’d inherit big brown eyes from my side of
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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 meat isn’t impossible, we get that it can be time-consuming. So, here are some great packaged options you can stash
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The author on a hike. Photo: Courtesy of Mary Pembleton “How’d your mom die?” Time stilled a little. This question from my precocious five-year-old, a child already versed in the inner workings of procreation, who’d interrogated me relentlessly about God and evolution and sewage processing at the tender age of three, would, I knew, blossom
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Photo: iStockphoto Kimberly Noble, a neuroscientist and pediatrician at Columbia University, clicked a remote on a TED Talks stage in New York last January and a screen beside her displayed what looked like a craggy, grey leftover snowbank. The image was an average of the brains of 1,099 children and adolescents she and her collaborators studied for
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Photo: Courtesy of istock The average Canadian household wastes 140 kilograms of food each year—roughly $1,100 worth. But unlike many other environmental issues, controlling how much food we throw out is completely within our control. Bob Blumer, Food Network host and ambassador for both Love Food, Hate Waste and Second Harvest, shares tips for reducing
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Photo: Erik Putz It’s easy to just shut the door and pretend your playroom isn’t a dumping ground for every birthday present, party loot bag and art experiment. While lots of toys can be passed on or resold, here’s what to do with the stuff that usually ends up in the trash. 1. Tiny toy
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“Breakfast Television” news anchor and co-host of the podcast “Moms in the Middle” Melanie Ng, with her son Josh and colleague Dina Pugliese. All photos courtesy of Melanie Ng Someone once referred to me as a “supermom.” I think they were under the impression that I had perfected the juggling act that is full-time work
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Got #FridgeGoals? With over 35,000 posts on Instagram for inspiration (and back-to-school just around the corner,) there’s no better time to get organized. “Your fridge is one of the hardest working spots in your home. But when it’s cluttered, it can also be the most stressful!” says Sarah Gunn, a Canadian design and lifestyle expert.
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Photo: iStockphoto Making your family better, stronger, more harmonious may not require a complete overhaul, but rather a few strategic tweaks. Here’s a roundup of the resolutions you and your family should make now to ensure a fabulous 2019! 1. Hold family meetings. Give everyone in the family—including the kids—an opportunity to be heard. Provide the
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