Dr. Shimi Kang
Dr. Shimi Kang is Harvard trained psychiatrist, award winning researcher, speaker, and #1 Bestselling author of The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self- Motivated Kids (Penguin Books) and The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise a Child Who Knows What They Want and Goes After It (Without Being Told)(Penguin/Randomhouse). She is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kang has helped thousands of people move toward positive behaviors and better health. She is a recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service.

Entries by Dr. Shimi Kang

An Evidence-Based Approach Can Put An End To Bullying

(3) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 10:22 AM

The Roman playwright Terence once said, "I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me."

If everyone shared and behaved according to this empathetic belief, bullying certainly wouldn't be as prevalent as it is. With 14 per cent of U.S. students (PDF) reporting...

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Dolphin Parenting: A Cure For Tiger Moms And Jellyfish Dads

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 2:30 PM

"How can I stop being such a tiger parent for academics and such a jellyfish parent for junk food and video games? I need some balance."

This was a question posed to me by a father in Shanghai where I released the Chinese translation of my book, The Dolphin Parent,...

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How The Wealthy Are Disadvantaged

(7) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 10:16 AM

Some things only money can buy -- better access to education, health care, and security, not to mention iPhones, BMWs and exotic vacations.

However there is one vitally important thing that money cannot buy. There is mounting science of how the wealthy are disadvantaged in one area that may...

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We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:34 PM

Summer, where did you go? It seems like I blinked and all of a sudden your alarm clock free mornings, warm beach days, and carefree weekends were instantly gone.

Now, it's the third week of the back-to-school rush and my kids and I miss you more than ever. From climbing...

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Overcoming Back-to-School Social Anxiety in the Social Media Age

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:22 PM

It's that time of year again. Now that you are back in school thinking about all the classes you've signed up for, what your schedule looks like and feeling stressed about upcoming exams this semester, your phone vibrates. You've just received a Facebook notification that shows a group of your...

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Children With ADHD Are Suffering Because of Lack of Awareness

(13) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 9:29 AM

In the light of the recent incident, where a Deputy of Kentucky Sheriff handcuffed an eight-year old boy diagnosed with ADHD, let us talk about children with ADHD. The incident occurred whereby Deputy Kevin Sumner, working as a school resource officer at Latonia Elementary School in Covington, is been sued...

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Going on Holiday May Save Our Minds and Our Economy

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 7:09 PM

Who killed summer vacation? That's the million dollar question -- literally. Long gone are the days of casually taking a few weeks off with the family to go on a road trip, or jetting off to a remote destination where the real world ceases to exist.

This is the problem...

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The Way You're Talking To Your Teen About Dress Codes Is All Wrong

(5) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 5:54 PM

A couple weeks ago, I was invited by CBC Radio to speak about a rather controversial topic brewing amongst parents and their teens regarding teenage clothing choices. This subject was recently spotlighted after a 17-year-old high school senior in Moncton, New Brunswick, made a statement by wearing a...

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Finding and Keeping Your Mother's Intuition

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 7:45 AM

Have you ever felt that fluttering feeling in your stomach? The kind that rises up into your chest and makes your heart race and even though you couldn't possibly have any idea why you're feeling that way, all you know is that the decision you're about to make feels either...

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Stress Is Wreaking Havoc on Women and Their Bodies

(8) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:05 AM

In honour of April's Stress Awareness month, I wanted to take this time to touch upon a subject that many women of the 21st century are struggling with in silence, day after day, whether they are aware of it or not. During this month, many experts in all fields of...

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Workplace Bullying: A Real Issue That Needs a Real Solution

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Tigertown is a pushing, demanding, and stifling workplace. The hours are long, the management is predatory, the employees are solitary, and there is little community -- definitely no mentors, and no time for fun or collegial bonding. Tigertown is an incubator for an insidiously growing problem: workplace bullying.

Although school-based...

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Overscheduling Your Kids Isn't the Fast-Track to Success it Once Was

(7) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:01 AM

"I know it doesn't feel right but everyone else is doing it." These were the words I said far too often a few years ago when I was a new parent. It seemed to be the only response I could muster up when a well-meaning grandparent or friend (with no...

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Dolphin Teachers and Pod Classrooms: Why Two Fins are Better than One

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Ninety Four percent of employers agree that collaboration is an imperative skill for 21st century job success for new graduates. Even though social bonding is in our human nature, we often forget this truth. I see it all the time -- highly intelligent university and college students who...

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How To Stop Your Kids From Catching Bieber Fever

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Belieb it or not, Justin's behavior can be a big influence on your kids.

I'd be lying if I said a big part of me wasn't happy that my daughter has shown no signs of "Bieber fever". Yet, she's only four years old, so she does have a...

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Turning Brazil's Loss into a Teachable Moment for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 12:12 PM

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you handle the outcome of the game. Turning Brazil's loss into a teachable moment for kids.

In complete shock and dismay, my son stood staggered in front of the television screen. Adorning bright shades of green, yellow and...

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Want Successful Kids? Teach Them Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:56 PM

What are you grateful for today? This is the question I try to ask my three children before I tuck them into bed at night.

When I was younger, my mother established the same bedtime routine. Some nights I was more grateful than others, but the question always challenged...

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How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 8:52 AM

School's Out for Summer, but the Lessons Still Continue: How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

As my husband piles the last piece of luggage into our jam-packed car, I slowly roll call all of my family's travelling necessities in my head. Passports? Check....

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Lessons I Learned in My Dad's Taxi Cab

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:29 AM

If one believes in cultural stereotypes, my birth should have been a day of mourning. I was the fourth girl born to traditional Indian parents. And because I was an overachieving student who started medical school at the age of 19, one may also assume that my immigrant parents were...

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Are You Parenting 'The Dolphin Way'?

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 1:18 PM

Many of the prevalent parenting styles today describe parents that "take over." Whether it is the "Amy Chua-like" Tiger parent pushing piano, the Helicopter parent hovering over homework, the Bubble Wrap parent over-protecting, or the Snow-Plough parent shoving all obstacles out of the way -- all of these models create...

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Thank You to My Dolphin (Not Tiger) Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:44 PM

I just accomplished my childhood dream of becoming an author, but my mom will not be able to read my book. You see my mom never went to school -- not even grade one -- so she can't read well. Because of this, she never hovered over my homework and...

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