Father says people with disabilities should be offered support to have children, not dissuaded from doing it

Shane and Brenda Haddad always knew they'd be great parents; what they needed to fight was society's expectations of what was possible for people with intellectual disabilities. 

Mother had to regain confidence in caring for children after the suicide of her son

Amanda Smytaniuk is honest about the challenge of reestablishing her role as mother to her other children after her 15-year-old son's suicide.

Redefining 'provider': 4 fathers reflect on parenting in a different age

Like every parent, these dads had to decide what aspects of parenting they wanted to adopt from their own fathers, and which to veer from.

Beyond babysitting: When grandparents take on primary care roles for their grandchildren

When people imagine their retirements, they may picture days in the garden or travelling the world. But many retired grandparents are taking on the responsibility of being active childcare for their grandchildren in their golden years.

Throwing everything into co-parenting after divorce

Nearly 40 per cent of Canadian marriages end in divorce and many people struggle to co-parent in a healthy fashion after splitting. This instalment of the Beautiful Mess parenting series offers wisdom from a Regina family doing it well.

Love not blood: Unconventional family shows it's the mutual support — not the makeup — that makes a difference

An 18 month old boy in Saskatoon was in a dire situation. He needed to find a family in Saskatchewan or risk deportation to Singapore. Meet the people who stepped up to build a family around this little boy.

Mom says best thing you can do for your kids is take care of yourself

Beautiful Mess is a series that aims to glean wisdom from parents in challenging situations. Jessie Dishaw has premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which she describes as "PMS on steriods" as it comes with moments of extreme rage. She says prioritizing her own mental health is key to her being a good parent.

Embracing life with 2 children who are 'predictably unpredictable'

Beautiful Mess is a series that aims to glean wisdom from parents in challenging situations. Kim and Steve Weiss have two children with Fragile X syndrome. The couple has learned to let go, push themselves out of their comfort zone, and meet their children where they are.

Avoiding the 'unrealistic bubble': How to support a child through suffering

This series is an attempt to share some of the wisdom CBC producer Nichole Huck has sought out in an effort to be a better parent. It starts by tackling one of the hardest things a parent can do: watch a child experiencing emotional and physical pain and suffering.


'A beautiful mess:' Freezing rain, snow create 2 different views of Ottawa

Travelling has not been a fun experience in Ottawa over the last two days. Those picturesque photos, though.