Nudging Canadians Towards A Healthier, Happier Lifestyle

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Andreas Souvaliotis

"Nudge theory" is quickly becoming a favourite among policy makers around the world. Nowhere has it been tested more extensively than in Britain, where the work of a national nudge unit has been so effective, and has generated such amazing savings for the government, that the unit was recently spun off as a private business!

7 Easy Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Dive into a Dreaded Task

Renate Reimann | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Living
Renate Reimann

Procrastination can have many causes. From everyday postponements to time management issues to fear or even perfectionism, the reasons for delay undermine our energy for what needs to get done. The important thing is to get past this self-defeating behaviour that keeps you from diving into the task at hand.

5 Fun Fall Activities For Your Special Needs Child

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

By keeping our kids back from activities, we don't only do them harm by not exposing them to different experiences, we also deprive ourselves and the rest of our family from good, old-fashioned family fun. I used to be one of those overprotective parents when it came to my special needs son. Not anymore. I have to say that our adventures as a family have gotten better for the most part.

Change Your Self-Perception, Change Your Self-Image

Collette Gee | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

How an individual perceives him/herself is either a real or distorted view of who they believe they really are, not always who they actually are, or how others see them for that matter. People either develop a positive or a negative self-image based upon their perception of a past experience or event. Therefore, an individual's strengths and weaknesses are a direct manifestation of how a person evaluates themselves.

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

How to Become Your Own Olympian

Jane Dummer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Passion and hard work are recurring themes when you ask people how they achieve their success. Supporting your inner champion with an optimistic mindset is also key. As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia it's a great time to reflect on your own fitness and nutrition goals and aspirations.

Civility at Work Is Over, But Productivity Is Through the Roof!

r/ally | Posted 12.11.2013 | Canada Business

We may be institutionalizing rudeness, but increasingly it's the only productive way to work. Time to get past our misgivings about being rude and determine the proper etiquette of managing multiple conversations, on multiple devices all at once.

Losing Weight is Not a "Behaviour" in the Way That Quitting Smoking Is

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

Let me explain: When I tell patients to stop smoking, they know exactly what to do, namely to stop putting a cigarette in their mouth and inhaling its smoke. That's a behaviour they can change. When they stop smoking they have "successfully" changed a behaviour -- that's behaviour change, end of story.

Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.

The 10 Mom Types That You'll Find at the Park

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Moms at the park playing with their kids are a common sight in most neighborhoods. Not surprisingly then, is it any wonder that there are as many different types of moms at the park as there are days of the week? Read on and you'll find that you'll likely recognize at least a few of these parents at your local playground.

This World Health Day Bring the Right Message at the Right Time

Marion Roche | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

April 7 is World Health Day, a celebration of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Sometimes in our day-to-day public health work, the way we deliver messages can create more obstacles than we realize. Changing behaviour does not come easily to anyone and a behaviour change project requires great insight into people's lives to understand the barriers to change.

Fair vs. Equal: How do Families Decide Who Gets What?

Kathy Reich | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kathy Reich

Growing up I remember my mother carefully cutting the pie we were about to enjoy for dessert in precisely equal portions served on plates exactly the same size for all. Even upon the setting of the dessert in front of each of us kids, there was always the fleeting scan of each set of eyes around the table to make sure that no one was getting an "unfairly" larger portion.