Amy Bell

Amy Bell is a digital contributor to CBC. She can be heard weekdays on The Early Edition as the traffic and weather reporter and parenting columnist.

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Bless this mess: Kids shouldn't worry about how they look, and neither should their parents

Do stained shirts and bed-head drive you crazy? Maybe parents should embrace the messy side of childhood and let our kids look that way.
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Kids may go to school to learn the ABCs, but we shouldn't be grading them with letters

Letter grades are becoming a thing of the past in B.C. schools, which are looking to evaluate students in a more modern way.
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Beyond Pink and Blue: How crossing the gender line in friendship can benefit kids

Some say cats and dogs can never be friends — and neither can men and women. But does the gender divide have to come between childhood pals?
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Learning to let go of your teen, so they can learn themselves

It's important for teenagers to gain independence. But how can parents make sure they spread their wings safely?
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Beat the January blues by getting cosy and 'koselig' outdoors with the family

You've heard of hygge, but could koselig be the cure for the post-holiday winter blues?
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As you deck the halls, are the walls closing in? It may be time to ditch the stressful seasonal traditions

It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's also the time of year when I lose my mind trying to make sure that everything is perfect while performing great feats of organization and child-wrangling.
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Shed the guilt, there's no such thing as perfect parenting

From breastfeeding to basketball teams — many parents feel they are constantly failing to measure up. But is there a way to absolve ourselves from the parental pangs of guilt?
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Dealing with death: How to help kids after the loss of a loved one

Death is an inevitable part of life, and one that parents and their children will eventually face. Whether it's a close relative, a friendly neighbour or intimate friend, the pain and sadness can be hard for everyone to process - especially kids who are experiencing grief for the first time.
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How can you mend your child's broken heart?

That first big breakup is tough — for kids and their parents. But can parents do anything to help a broken heart?
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Pets and kids: Are you ready to add a fur baby to the family?

Raising kids can sometimes feel like running a zoo. But bringing pets into the family can be beneficial for everyone.
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Can kids save the world? With a little help, yes

Once the protest ends, how do we make sure kids stay committed to the environment?
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How kids and parents are losing sleep over the sleepover

In an age of helicopter parents and anxious children, are people over the sleepover?
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Have kids, will travel: Get ready for takeoff with children in tow

Travelling with kids can come with some baggage. How do you make sure it's smooth sailing when you take off with the children in tow?
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Feel the burn: What to do when parenting pushes you to the edge?

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world. So how can you make sure that raising kids doesn't bring you down?
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How to get your kids off the screen and on the trail to embrace the great outdoors

Spending time outside isn't always easy, but it's always worth the effort. Just don't forget to pack the snacks!