Bayview brood Do you think city kids have unique ad­van­tages over those raised else­where? How much in­de­pen­dence do your younger kids have? Do you have many safety con­cerns, es­pe­cially with your daugh­ters?

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The par­ents: Ann Ka­plan Mul­hol­land, ex-Real House­wife of Toronto and CEO of iFi­nance Canada, & Dr. Stephen Mul­hol­land, plas­tic sur­geon Home: De­tached house on The Bri­dle Path Kids: Luke, 28; Ga­bie, 26; Bar­rett, 26; Keaton, 25; Destiny, 20; Rock, 18; Molly,15; & Chase,14 Ann: I know kids who have grown up in more re­mote ar­eas, but it doesn’t seem to be the area as much as the par­ent­ing. I’ve al­ways wanted to raise my chil­dren where they had ac­cess to dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties. We uti­lize the Duke of Ed­in­burgh pro­gram, so they can mea­sure their com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in arts and ath­leti­cism. My younger ones would call me a he­li­copter par­ent, but I do need to know where they are. I think in­de­pen­dence has to be earned and proven. There’s a lot of temp­ta­tions and choices and be­ing keenly aware and work­ing with your kids on hav­ing pa­ram­e­ters and lim­i­ta­tions is im­por­tant. I do have a group of par­ents that are like-minded, and we talk on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. When we do have con­cerns, we meet up and get cof­fee. That is some­thing that I am proac­tive about. There’s a lot of safety talk in our home. I find it fright­en­ing that my 20-year-old daugh­ter has men come up to her, mak­ing ges­tures. Look at what’s come out with #MeToo. I couldn’t help but look at my daugh­ter and think, “Have I done enough to teach her to speak out? Or to be able to as­sess a sit­u­a­tion and say, ‘This is wrong’?” If I don’t talk to them and give them the tools, how can they learn?

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