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The crucial cost of cutting free play for kids

On a recent visit to the small Texas town of Amarillo, I attended the World Championship Ranch Rodeo - a global gathering of the nation’s best working ranch cowboys. As I strolled through the sea of competitors and their families, something stood out for me when it came to the children that the ranchers had in tow: none of the kids had phones in th

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Are PD days productive or totally pointless?

They catch me by surprise - every time. I’ll be scrolling through my jam-packed iPhone calendar to review our schedule for the upcoming week, when my eyes will suddenly fall on the words that most parents dread: PD day.

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Don’t get spooked by teen trick-or-treaters

There’s nothing more annoying than opening your door at 10 p.m. on Halloween night to find a group of shifty teens on your doorstep, dressed in street clothes and coaxing for candy. But while the late-night, lackadaisical loot-luring is less than appealing, it certainly isn’t worth implementing a preventative law as a result.

Saien Puelma, lower right, 5, reacts as her uncle Alex Puelma, right, of Chile, confronts an alt-right protester who was surrounded by police officers for his safety after getting into a scuffle with anti-racism protesters during rallies at City Hall in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday August 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Protest proudly, but leave your little ones at home

It wasn’t until the recent anti-racism rally in Vancouver that I more carefully considered how much I wanted to tell to my young children about all that is happening in the world, and whether or not it would be worthwhile to involve them in the events that ensue as a result.

Honoree Taylor Swift (L) accepts the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award from Andrea Swift onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for dcp)

A lesson all parents can learn from Taylor Swift’s mom

When I worked in a bar during my college years, it wasn’t uncommon for inebriated imbeciles to grope my rear, or comment on my cleavage as I tried to wiggle past their overly-crowded tables to place their orders.

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Our gender biases are killing the bond between boys

Last year my son decided to take a hip hop class. He showed up to each class bursting with enthusiasm, and when the day came to perform on stage with his peers, he danced with confidence.

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Getting rid of soothers totally sucks (but they’re still worth it)

It started as a knotted rag dipped in honey in the early 1900s, and was later patented as a baby comforter comprised of a latex tip and a plastic shield and ring, created by a New York company called Binky Baby Products (a brand name that eventually evolved into a generic term for the scandalous suckers).

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Don’t sweat the summer months, working parents

Kids running barefoot through grassy meadows and sandy beaches, with dirt on their faces and half-dead butterflies clasped between their tiny hands. Streaks of red Freezie dye colouring the corners of their mouths as they giggle and play with their pals until dusk. Schedules have been tossed and boredom banished because there’s plenty to do when yo