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If your kid is a runner like mine, you know the tension headache that can result from repeatedly swivelling your head to make sure they’re still by your side and haven’t run off and disappeared into a crowd. Our son Lucas, from the moment it occurred to him his legs could get him places, made it his mission to explore every detail of his environment.

It made no difference if the object of his curiosity was in the direction we were headed or not; if he wanted it, he ran for it. And yes, sometimes he slipped right out of sight.

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My son asked me last night what I was going to be writing about today. I’d just been reading this piece in the New York Times about how parents can raise empathetic children, and it had struck a chord with me. As a parent, I desperately want to raise my son to be the sort of person who steps up when others are in need, but is that something I can truly influence?

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You might think the best book to read to your young child is one they’ll love. One that, when you close the final page, makes them shout, “Again, again!” One that, before you even say, “Go pick out a bedtime book,” is already in their hand and waving in front of your face, an old and familiar friend.

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Parenting through the toddler years can sometimes feel less like a rewarding experience and more like waking up and going into battle every day. We’ve written a lot about toddlers this year, and as we wrap up 2018, it feels like a good time to revisit and collect all our favourite toddler posts into one spot.

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Why do your children need “Hamilton” in their lives? It’s true that the musical — a biopic of U.S founding father Alexander Hamilton — is almost three hours long and tackles a variety of adult themes: war, government, sex, deceit, murder. It’s also, however, a great entry point into American history.

While it may not be our history - the music and depth this music has is more than enough to be entertained and indulge in the history.

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Giving your kid swimming lessons is a smart move, but you can't just relax the moment he passes all his safety tests. It's one thing for a child to be a proficient swimmer in a pool (and even then, he's not drown-proof), but open water is a whole different beast. A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide gives some alarming findings, which you should take note of if your family will be hanging out near a lake, river or ocean this summer.

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Around the time my son turned 13, he started spending more time away from our home. School activities kept him busy after school, and he and his buddies would take turns hanging out in basements to play video games on the weekends.

In the last two years, most of his time spent away has been spent supervised by teachers or other parents, but as he crossed over to being a full-fledged teen, he developed a social life right along with a heavy case of acne.