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Extending parental leave to 18 months is not the solution

Parents are swooning over the possibility of a parental leave increase from 12 months to 18 months, but what many don’t realize is that a longer leave does not equate to more money from the government.

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Unprepared parents are sulking as a soggy Spring Break approaches

There was a time when the words “Spring Break” conjured up images of college kids in a drunken stupor, partying it up in Daytona Beach, flashing their boobs and jostling their junk in hopes of making a cameo on MTV’s live broadcast of the Floridian festivities.

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Home Alone: How Young Is Too Young?

When I mention to parents of younger children that I sometimes leave my nine-year-old daughter home alone, they often react like Kevin McCallister in the movie Home Alone - their jaws drop, their hands slap their cheeks, and a deep and horrifying shriek bursts from their lips.

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Snow days have parents in a flurry of panic

Whether they work from home, or are office-dwelling nine-to-fivers, parents can be thrust into a flurry of panic when snow days occur - and it’s not just because of the cancelled classes and risky roads.

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Grades don’t determine your child’s worth

I recently chatted with a top chef in San Diego, who shared with me her arduous journey from daydreamer, to line cook, to executive chef for a top restaurant - despite the wishes of her traditional Indian family.

There’s no shame in 'sharenting'

There are three types of parents in the world of “sharenting” (sharing photos and details of your children online).

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Stop nagging and let your boys wear shorts In winter

Kids go through all sorts of wardrobe woes as they grow from toddler to teen. When my oldest was two, she would only wear dresses. Frocks were in, pants were out. Anything with tags elicited an immediate tantrum. Anything blue set her off. Every morning was a drawn-out, full-blown battle as I persistently persuaded her to put on her snow boots, or

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Don’t just buy presents, be present

In these last days leading up to Christmas, I’ve been running around in a panic, trying to collect last-minute Christmas gifts for my children while keeping up with my work. The parental stress is at an all-time high and the bah-humbug feelings are creeping in as the clock ticks down to the biggest day of the year.

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It’s ok to be the ‘mean mom’

“Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere…” If you have children, you’ve likely chanted this little ditty in a singsong voice while ushering your toddler around the house, playfully encouraging them to tidy up their toys.

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Adopted children aren’t second best

I was watching one of my weekly go-to shows the other night, when it came out that one of the lead characters was an adoptee.

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Sorry parents, work-life balance doesn’t exist

When I was working in a full-time office job, I envied people who worked from home. I assumed that they lived the epitome of a balanced life, with their time perfectly split between work and family.

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It’s time to stop the parenting double standard

I witness it on a daily basis - in real life and online. A dad does his daughter’s hair in a neat ponytail, and the video goes viral on YouTube. A perky pops pushes his son on a swing and onlookers swoon, deeming him to be “SUCH a great dad.”

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Today's Halloween costumes have gone too far

When I was growing up, Halloween costumes were homemade, age-appropriate, silly, and simple. My friends and I would dress up as bed sheet ghosts, wretched witches, or playful pumpkins - our costumes made of fabrics found in our closets or at local thrift shops.