Preparing children to handle emergencies alone

Children only become knowledgeable about handling crises and problems by being given a chance to practice when there is no crisis. The more you prepare your child for the many what ifs that can come up, the more confident your child will be about knowing what to do should one occur.

Where do you keep your critical files?

Day to day, we usually don’t have to access our critical files. But when we do need them, it’s important to have current, accurate information available. With that in mind, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) has introduced the Virtual Shoebox, an interactive tool created to help people track important personal, family and financial documents.

Build a positive relationship

Strategies for making your bond as a couple closer and stronger. You've both got jobs to do, a household to run, and maybe even children to raise. So the time you spend alone together is limited. How can busy partners build a sound, lasting relationship in such a high-speed world? A loving relationship needs careful attention and constant nurturing. But it's easy to lose sight of that when you're racing through the day, trying to meet so many other demands.

Considerations after the death of a family member

When the death of a family member occurs, it is necessary to gather documentation, to notify the appropriate organizations, to apply for the various benefits, and to finalize the estate. The following checklist can help you with these processes.

Homeowner's spring checklist

Spring is a good time for homeowners to take inventory of all their home maintenance and improvement projects. This checklist can help you get a handle on what needs to be done.

Organizing your financial records and emergency forms

Would someone be able to find your important papers during a crisis, if you became ill, injured, or incapacitated? It's a good idea to make sure a trusted family member or friend knows where to find your personal documents. It's an even better idea if a trusted family member or friend is familiar with your financial assets and obligations. Organizing this information in advance can save time and frustration (and possibly a lot of money) later.

Letting go but staying involved in your young adolescent’s life

As the parent of a young adolescent, you know the importance of continuing to guide and protect your child. At the same time, you need to let your child take bigger strides toward independence. It can feel like a constant push and pull with children this age – knowing when to step back and when to be involved. The following information can help you navigate this time as your child matures and becomes more independent.

Building your child’s self-esteem

Self-esteem, or the ability to feel good about ourselves, is essential if we are to be happy and successful. Children need to have a sense of their own worth to be able to respond well to life’s many challenges. Experiences throughout childhood shape self-esteem. Parents, friends, relatives, teachers, peers, caregivers, other adults, and the media all have an influence on a child’s self- esteem.

Water safety

Despite safety and educational campaigns, drowning remains the third leading cause of accidental death among Canadians under 60 years of age. Boating activities represent more than 30 percent of all drowning deaths. In fact, more than 60 percent of all drowning deaths in Canada occur during recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, or boating.

Fraud prevention

Every year, millions of people in Canada and around the world fall victim to scam artists. Recently, these criminals have been posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). They say they’re collecting outstanding tax debts, but their goal is to steal banking information and deplete their victims’ accounts. You’ve worked hard for your money. We don’t want you to lose it so we’re sharing this information from the CRA to help protect you against fraud.

Dealing with your biggest worries as a parent

It's natural to feel concerned about your child when you hear news reports about tragedies that involve kids – from abductions to accidents to abuse. Worrying about all the bad things that could possibly happen won't help, and letting go of some worries may have big benefits for your child.

Planning a family vacation

Planning ahead, making airfare arrangements, packing essentials, safety tips, staying within your budget, travelling by car, having fun as a family