Nurture

Photo: Eric Putz When her daughter started kindergarten, Ann Toohey enrolled at the University of Calgary as an undergraduate student. She was 40. The mom of one already had a liberal arts degree in chemistry, but after two decades of doing various jobs—in cancer research, bike-path development, fundraising and communications—Toohey realized she wanted to work
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF VISIT ANNAPOLIS 1. Explore downtown Annapolis Annapolis is Maryland’s capital city, but you’ll quickly discover it’s nothing like Baltimore. The walkable city is easy to maneuver with the kids or hitch a ride on the free Circulator bus, which operates daily and does a loop around the city. On Main Street, you’ll
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Federal elections are usually about families, and how to woo them. But getting parents’ attention? Not so easy. How are you supposed to get a full understanding of each party’s promises if you can barely manage to get the dog fed and the laundry done between shuttling kids to and from daycare and school and
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Photo: iStockphoto The Government of British Columbia has put an end to “birth alerts” — a practice that allows hospital staff to alert child welfare workers that a newborn may be at risk for harm, without informing expectant parents. This practice, which can lead to traumatic child apprehensions soon after delivery, disproportionately impacts Indigenous women.
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Photo: Joanne Loewen After trying for a year to conceive, undergoing a heartbreakingly unsuccessful round of in vitro fertilization and waiting two long years after our initial application to adopt, our two-day-old baby arrived at our home on Christmas Eve. Brought over by his heartbroken young birth parents, he was absolutely beautiful. It was an
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Amassing napkins, tea lights and random pieces of glassware (don’t make me explain, just enjoy the options when I’m making you a cocktail) is my standard strategy for trips to Ikea. (That and the staple soft ice cream cone I ravage while raging around the parking lot looking for my car.) 25 best things to
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Illustration: Holly Stapleton When my two kids were little, I felt I had to inhale every moment with them. Every time they tasted something new, every time they fell off a swing—you don’t get those moments back, which meant everything else had to wait so I could be present for them. I resisted pursuing a
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Photo: iStockphoto On our daily 10-minute walk to my son’s school in Toronto’s west end, we pass a number of familiar sights: a couple of small dogs (a Boston terrier named Happ and a chihuahua named Milo); a grubby parkette littered with ancient, sun-bleached toys; the malodorous dumpster behind the seafood shop; the somewhat less
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