Sun safety and kids (Today’s Parent)

It’s that time of year again when parents line the sunscreen aisle scratching their heads over SPF ratings. Figuring out how best to protect our children from the sun can seem daunting. The market is so saturated with sun-safety products, and there’s conflicting information about how best to keep UV rays at bay. Read story

dreamstimel50397858.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoKids and food allergies (Toronto Star)

Any new parent will likely agree to at least these two universal truths: you want to do what’s best for your kid, and what’s best is often subjective. Most people will tell you just to go with your gut, but what happens when your gut is the problem? This is the conundrum for any parent who has a food allergy or intolerance. They’ll tell you that feeding their own kids can feel like playing Russian roulette… Read more

tumblr_inline_n7h7eb9mLS1sp793hMiscarriage: Life after loss

My miscarriage came to me in a dream. I was at a friend’s house and was in her washroom when suddenly piles of blood came gushing from me. I screamed for my husband and he threw open the door and gasped at the site of so much blood. Then I woke up. As it slowly dawned on me that it was all just a terrible dream I lay back in bed, shaken but relieved. So, SO relieved. Later that day, I would begin to bleed… Read more

vaccineIt’s not about just your child. The case for mandatory vaccinations

Ready for your daily dose of controversy? I believe strongly in childhood vaccinations. Wait, I’m not done. I believe they should be mandatory. I can feel thousands of readers bristling right now. This is a sensitive topic because most of us love our children, and most of us want what is best for them. But that doesn’t mean we are always acting in their best interest. And that’s when the government should step in… (read more)

Pregnant and scale Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?

I’m calling magazines out. Us, People, Star, InTouch: congratulations, you are in the lucrative business of making women feel terrible about themselves. You and your sensational cover stories about celebrity pregnancy weight gain. As if this is news. As if it’s our right to gawk and judge. As if what’s happening to their bodies is unnatural… Read more

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