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About Bullying: Don’t wait for it to get better, make it better

by Jeremy Dias

I go to a different school to talk about bullying almost every single day of the school year and there is one group of people that sends me a ton of emails. I’m not talking about youth; they Facebook and tweet. I’m talking about parents. And the number one question I get is this: What can I do to prevent my child from being bullied? Continue reading

Are They The Boss of You? Find Out!

by Kathy Buckworth

Quiz time for all you frazzled Mommies out there! This fun quiz will let you know who's really in charge and who needs a well deserved Mommy-moment (hint – you all do).

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Are you a #zombiemom

Join the club and call yourself a #zombiemom. They may sometimes feel semi-comatose, and get their own days and nights mixed up, but #zombiemoms are alive, hungry for adult company, and meeting regularly in the netherworld of Twitter. Continue reading

At Home with Amanda Forrest

Home is ‘The Compound’ for TV personality and design expert Amanda Forrest, her partner and nine kids … plus the horse and the puppy. You’re apt to take a second look at the striking woman who may be behind you … Continue reading

At Home with Katherine Dines

When Katherine Dines opens the red-painted door to her Nepean home, the welcome is gracious and warm. “Come in, come in,” she says. “The water’s hot for tea. Would you like some?” Petite, pretty and animated, the media personality has … Continue reading

Avoiding the Pampered Child Syndrome

By Dr. Maggie Mamen
We live in a child-centered society where children’s wants and demands are increasingly being given priority over marital or family harmony, financial considerations, parental sanity, common courtesy, quiet enjoyment, respect and common sense…

Dr. Maggie Mamen is an Ottawa-based clinical psychologist and the author of The Pampered Child Syndrome: How to Recognize It, How to Manage It, and How to Avoid It www.pamperedchildsyndrome.ca

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Baby’s on the Way. Now What?

“We’re pregnant!” It’s an emotionally charged phrase, isn’t it? It’s also a time for decisions about your life ahead. Continue reading

Back to School: The Next Big Holiday Season?

By Crystal McLeod

It is most definitely that time of year: Back to School!  The evidence is everywhere – on TV, the radio, in stores, newspapers, flyers, magazines … It’s as though the kids’ return to class has become the next holiday! Continue reading

Be an Effective Work-from-Home Mom

By Emily Schmidt

During the past 15 years, working from home has become more and more commonplace. Why? For up to 90 percent of moms, a desire to spend more time with the kids is the number one reason to work from home… Continue reading

Boston, Rehtaeh and Sergeant Desjourdy

By: Pam Dillon

Do you talk about news at your dinner table? At mine, everything’s part of the conversation. Continue reading

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CECCE – Your Kids can be Fully Bilingual

Want your kids to be fluently bilingual, and to have the advantages that come along with being able to communicate in both Canada’s official languages? They can. Continue reading

Celebrating Parenthood

By Cathy Lumsden Now’s the perfect time to pat yourself on the back for all the amazing things you do with and for your children. It’s typical to discuss the sleepless nights, the worry and stress, and the hopes and … Continue reading

Changing how parents talk to their kids about sport

Mom and dad? What you say in the car after the game or practice has a big impact on your kid and his or her future in sport. #theRideHome Continue reading

Children’s book helps teach about diversity and inclusivity

The Barefoot Book of Children takes us on a global trek to realize – despite our different clothes, homes and languages – we are more alike than different. Continue reading

Choosing to Stay Home

by: Nina Potvin-www.ottawavalleymoms.com

I am really glad I chose to stay home with my kids. As they grow older, I am truly appreciating the time I get to spend with them each week, no matter how tough it gets some days! Continue reading

Clashing Over Your Kids

Eight (Scary) Reasons to Stop Fighting Over Parenting Issues

Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba says being on different “parenting pages” is highly detrimental to your kids, your marriage, and your own mental health Continue reading

Continuing Education, Guaranteed

Welcome, Mom and Dad, to Your New School Year

As long as your kids are students, from JK to Grade 12, you’re right there with them

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Don’t Miss Early Years Expo

If you’ve got little ones or you’re planning to have little ones, don’t miss the Early Years Expo Saturday, May 4, at South Fallingbrook Community Centre in Orléans Continue reading

Embrace Your Teen’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

  As a parent you want what’s best for your children. For decades, parents have taught their kids that to have a successful life they need to study hard, go to post-secondary school and get a good paying job. But … Continue reading

Enough is Enough

Is your child too busy?
by: Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT

Whether it’s after school sports, other extra-curricular activities, or holiday schedules, it’s easy to overbook children and teens. All of the things your child participates in are important. So how do you know when you’ve passed the tipping point and your child is too busy? Continue reading

Equality in parenting?

The breaking down of barriers to men’s lockers rooms happened for women in 1975. Yet today we find that fathers are not given access to change rooms for their daughters. Equality in modern parenting has a way to go. Continue reading

Ever Feel Like an ATM on Wheels?

The Prosperity Factor for Canadian Kids, by Kelley Keehn, helps parents teach youngsters about money so they can become financially fit. 

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Family Reset

Helping Parents Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle for Kids with Weight Issues

Worried about your child’s weight and health? There are reasons parents are uneasy. Loads of kids — nearly one in three in Ontario — are dealing with excess weight or obesity, meaning they’re at a higher risk for medical problems, bullying, self-esteem issues and depression. Continue reading

Family Smarts

It’s that time of year… Summer’s coming, the temperature’s rising, the kids are outside, and the water beckons

Heather Cameron writes about water safety and much more Continue reading

Fight against childhood obesity starts at home

Childhood obesity is becoming a major concern in our community. Parents and public health professionals are wondering what can be done to curb this alarming trend. Continue reading

Finding Balance

by Chris Reed

Parenting is a tricky business. Just when you think you’ve found the answer to something, in comes a curveball to muck it all up. Continue reading

Focus Programs zero in on engaging students

How’s this for creative thinking? The Ottawa Catholic School Board has put on its institutional thinking cap to come up with some pretty compelling and positive options to appeal to different types of learners. Continue reading

Fun with…Kids in the Capital

Ottawa and its surrounding area has a wealth of family-friendly things to do, but how do you know if they are appropriate for your children? Find out at Kids in the Capital (www.kidsinthecapital.ca)

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Fussy Eaters

Whether it’s a control issue, a taste issue or the influence of peers when a child starts to go to school or eat meals at a friend’s house, fussy eating is a challenge for most parents at some point in their child’s early years. Continue reading

Gluten Free Utopia

Do you or somebody in your family need to live a gluten-free lifestyle? Then you don’t want to miss Gluten Free Utopia. Slated for Saturday, April 5, at the National Library and Archives, 395 Wellington Street, it will showcase more than 50 regional vendors specializing in all things gluten-free. Continue reading

Help Your Kids Learn Healthy Habits

You are the most influential role model in your children’s lives. Use this responsibility as motivation to develop healthier habits for yourself and them. Continue reading

How Screen Time Affects Young Children

As exposure to digital media increases, so have concerns about how screen time affects young children and families. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

How to Hug a Porcupine

Book Helps you Tackle the Oh-So-Prickly Tween Years Continue reading

Informed Choice about Circumcision

What’s new in the world of babies? Plenty! In an updated statement, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) continues to recommend against the routine circumcision of newborn males. Recent evidence about the potential benefit of circumcision in preventing urinary tract infections … Continue reading

Instant Kids

Say hello to jam hands and a plushie avalanche

by Jordan Danger

What happens to kid-free individuals who meet, fall in love and forge relationships with single parents? We develop a bewildering condition called Instant Kids. Continue reading

Is texting KPC (keeping parents clueless)?

By: Pat Ross

Should you want to stay connected with your kids and understand how they communicate, it’s wise to begin researching — and texting — RN (right now). Continue reading

It Takes a Community to Raise a Child

Have you ever heard the expression, “It takes a community to raise a child?” Before having our son, I heard it a lot from friends and family. I shrugged it off not realizing how much this would play a role … Continue reading

It’s My Potty

Relax. Your child. will. not. start high school while still in diapers. Although parents sometimes lament that dry undies—day and night—might never come about, sooner or later youngsters are ready, willing and able to do their own toileting. Continue reading

Join the 2012 Breastfeeding Challenge!

On Saturday September 29 at 11a.m., mothers and babies will gather at sites across Ottawa and around the world for a friendly competition to see who can set the record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time. Continue reading

Keeping Fit While Having Fun This Winter!

By Nina Potvin www.ottawavalleymoms.com

Don’t get me wrong, it would be great to cuddle up by the fire some days, but it would be more rewarding after draining some of the kids’ energy on outside activities. Continue reading

Leading the Way with Music

The Leading Note Foundation Hits a High Note in Ottawa, by Bringing the Joy of Music to All Children

Story and photo by Iris Winston

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Lessons of the season

By: Pam Dillon
The annual Christmas holiday serves up a feast of teachable moments outside the classroom. Besides the concerts, crafts and activities at school, valuable learning opportunities pop up in the community and right within the family. Continue reading

Let There Be Light | Help available for moms struggling with postpartum depression

“There is hope. You can get through this, with or without medication or therapy. It does get better.” Dee Gemme, Ottawa mom. Continue reading

Life Lessons with a Vacuum Cleaner

The Value of Chores — and Some Tips on How to Get Them Done
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Lunch Evolution

By Alan Viau

Making nutritious school lunches the kids will eat is a challenge. The solution involves whatever they can or will eat, as long as it’s healthy. However, what they decide to put into their lunch bags might surprise you! Continue reading

March Break and spring fun in the city

The countdown is on for March Break. In just days, students will be off school for a week. YIKES! What are you going to do? Just because they get a break, it doesn’t mean you do. Continue reading

Memories and Milestones

by: Nina Potvin
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Mental Health is a Community Issue

By Amanda Jetté Knox

Nine-year-old Maya suffers from an anxiety disorder, one of the most common mental illnesses faced by Canadians. “She has good days and bad days,” explains her mother. “But school is a trigger for her. Continue reading

Mom, Please Send Money

Is your kid coming home from college or university for Thanksgiving weekend? It’s a good opportunity to talk, again, about money and budgeting. Continue reading

Mom’s Family Desk Planner

All You Really Need is Two More Sets of Hands and Another 24 Hours in the Day, Right?

Well, since you can’t have that, how about a little extra organizational help instead? Continue reading

New Guide for Green Parenting

Want to go green? A new book says it will not only help save the planet and help protect your child’s health, it will also result in a happier family life. Continue reading

New sleep guideline says back is best for baby

“A lot of myths and misunderstanding about the best way to position a baby still exist, and we hope this guideline will lay the debate to rest,” says nurse practitioner Elyse Maindonald, who led the panel of experts that created the guideline. Continue reading

No Letting Go of LEGO

By Alan Viau
There are only a handful of toys that were around when I was a kid and that my kids and today’s kids still enjoy. One toy is a product that has won “Toy of the Century” honours twice – LEGO. Continue reading

Ottawa Families: This One Inspires

Setting An Example For Life As Ashe Mukasa grows up, he’ll have the know-how to chase his dreams and the work ethic to achieve them. His parents will have taught him that. by Andrea Cranfield Helen Muleme surveyed her living … Continue reading

Parent Exiting a Helicopter

by Pam Dillon At a dorm room on a distant campus, I left my youngest 10 days, six hours, 22 minutes and 32 seconds ago. After helping him unpack the 43 odd T-shirts, buying him a fan at Canadian Tire … Continue reading

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Parenting a Child With Autism

by Kathleen O’Grady   It was an ordinary summer day.  People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary … Continue reading

Pirate Adventures

by Stephen Johnson

Did you know pirates ply their trade on the Rideau River?  Before you sell the cottage or give up the boat, these pirates are friendly.  They sail out of Mooney’s Bay and go by the name Pirate Adventures. Continue reading

Play Dates – Do You Intervene?

by: Tricia Duggan, Ottawa Valley Moms

I came across an article today titled “When to Mediate a Playdate”. It really hit close to home, as I went through a phase were I was avoiding play groups at all costs.   As the kids got older, I found the play dates became more and more difficult, and I was left feeling frustrated. Continue reading

Plus One: Adapting to a Bigger Brood

by Alyssa Delle Palme

When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, the first thing I did was buy my firstborn, Henry, a big brother T-shirt. I was thrilled to be expecting again and I wanted my son to feel special and share in my excitement. It took me by surprise when I suddenly started to feel guilty about my pregnancy. Continue reading

Potential? Unlimited

by Tammy Culhane

There are well-traveled paths to success for post-secondary students with disabilities.

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Potty Time?

Before you start in on the potty project, you may want to look for these signs that your child is ready to go. Continue reading

Power Struggles

Who’s In Charge Here Anyway?

Join family relationship experts Alyson Schafer and Cathy Lumsden to learn how to shift from conflict to cooperation. (It can happen!) Continue reading

Put a Lid On It

By: Pat Ross

Kids across the city are itching to hit the road on bikes, skateboards, in-line skates and scooters. As soon as the streets are clear of snow, their wheels will be in motion. But what about their helmets? Continue reading

Radio Flyer EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike

The EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike™ is designed to fold in one easy step so you can store or take it anywhere. This 4 in 1 trike is a great grow-with-me trike offering the many features and  fun for kids 9 months to 5 years. Continue reading

Raising Ms. And Mr. Fixit

By Alan Viau

I was useless. When I was first married, my wife asked me to fix something around the house and I was terrified to do so. Not only did I not know what to do, I didn’t even know which tool to use. I vowed that my kids would not grow up this way. Continue reading


by Alan Viau

You want your kids to become successful adults. I certainly encouraged mine to be the best they could become in their chosen fields. But what approaches have proven to be winning strategies for success? Continue reading

Shift the focus to healthy behaviours

By: Barb Duncan

Are you worried about the size of your children? The latest report from Statistics Canada shows about a third of Canadian kids are overweight or obese. That fact has parents wondering what to do, since excess weight in childhood can lead to a host of health issues. Continue reading

Should Toddlers Be Exposed to Technology?

By Kathy Lane
Technology in the hands of a toddler can be like handing the world’s nuclear codes over to North Korea. You don’t know what they’re going to do with it or if you’ll ever get it back. Continue reading

Sick Health Policy

Why are Ottawa’s recreation facilities and hospitals contributing to obesity?
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Slumber Tricks

By Allison Davis

Whoever made up the phrase “sleep like a baby” obviously got lucky. The truth is that most babies don’t sleep through the night. In fact, many toddlers don’t either. Here are some ways to help you out. Continue reading

Solving Those Math Homework Problems

Worried about supporting your kids to do their math homework?  You’re not alone. Last night, the parents of kids at Navan’s Heritage Public School went back to math class. Say what? Continue reading

Stop Doping Our Kids!

By Alan Viau
“He just needs to settle down.” That’s the statement I saw most often on my son’s report card! They couldn’t handle my active son. The teachers even suggested that he might have ADHD and that drugs might help. Continue reading

Stressed Out

The signs were subtle. One day Jen Pilon glanced down and noticed her daughter Sara had been chewing her nails. This was new. Not wanting to draw attention to it, mom didn’t comment. Instead, she filed this development in her brain’s What’s Up? department for future reference. Continue reading

Taking Leaps and Learning From Your Children

    by Chris Read  “Go ahead, jump! I promise I will catch you.” She heard the words she wanted to hear and took the four-foot leap off the water trampoline and into my arms like the brave kid I … Continue reading

Taking Some You Time

By: Nina Potvin www.ottawavalleymoms.com

As we start the New year, and resolutions begin to appear, one thing to consider is are you taking enough time for you? Continue reading

Teens Behind the Wheel in Winter

Teaching your teen to drive can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times, but throw in our winter weather and you might be tempted to hide your car keys.
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Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad with Sesame Peanut Dressing

The other day I bought an awesome new kitchen gadget: the OXO Julienne Peeler (available at The Bay for $10.99). It works like a regular peeler, but the blade is serrated to form long, skinny strips of whatever you’re peeling. Continue reading

The Connected Family

by Kathy Buckworth
Trying to power up when your batteries are dead

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Through the Jungle Carrying Sticks

In honour of Father’s Day, we’re presenting a lovely story by one of our favourite dads: Chris Read. It’s called Through the Jungle Carrying Sticks. Continue reading

U of Ottawa, the Oscars and Us

It’s one of those days that, as a mom, I’m scared.

As a mom of boys at the edge of adulthood, I’m gathering my words for a family meeting after school. It’s a meeting about Ottawa U, the Oscars and Us. Continue reading

Watching the Oscars and Parenting Boys

I made a not-so-rookie parenting mistake Sunday: I let enthusiasm and sparkle-lust get in the way of logic. Continue reading

WHOOSH! Cooking Lesson Up in Flames

It was what they call one of those “teachable moments.” I looked over at my son, just a couple of feet away, as the wok he was holding burst into flames.  WHOOSH! Continue reading

Work-Life Balance: Making It Happen

It’s far too easy to spread yourself thin with job and family obligations. Work-life balance can be an exhausting juggling act that, at times, may seem impossible without leaving yourself in the dust. Sometimes you need to recharge so you can keep doing … Continue reading

WW KD (What Would Kathy Do)?

Humourist and parenting author Kathy Buckworth’s latest offering, I Am So The Boss of You, is a smart mom’s guide to taking charge of the family. Continue reading