Children

Attention Parents: Mother Nature Needs Us

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Given the state of the world and the tasks of the next generation, our survival depends on how we parent our children right now. We need to focus on the values we are encouraging for our children, and questioning whether or not our individual actions are helping our kids become the environmental stewards the world desperately needs.

Easter Isn't Christmas - Slow Down With the Gifts

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

It wasn't always this way. My oldest was shocked to discover that all Laura Ingalls got for Christmas one year was a rag doll, an orange, a piece of candy and some socks. My daughters' eyes pop out of their heads when their Granny tells them that when she was a little girl, Santa brought an apple, an orange and one toy for each child in her large family.

Why Making Mistakes Is Good For Your Kids

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Children who are exclusively rewarded for right answers or who are shunned or punished for making mistakes may become afraid of trying new things. Children are more open to learning and more willing to try harder when they are praised and rewarded for their efforts, not their results.

This Doctor Treats Poverty Like a Disease

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Trudy Lieberman

What would you think if your doctor handed you a prescription that recommended filing your tax returns or applying for food or income benefit programs instead of the usual medicines for high blood pressure or diabetes? You'd probably say the physician was nuts. Tax refunds? Food? What do they have to do with making you healthier?

Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

Stuart Shanker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Shanker

When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.

Why Family-Focused Policies Are Good for Everyone

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

On every metric, children from disadvantaged homes face greater challenges to success than their more privileged peers. As a result, they do worse in school, get poorer paying jobs and suffer disproportionately from violence, addiction and mental health issues.

Disney Cage Match: Frozen vs. Brave vs. Tangled

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I feel like it's time to put the modern Disney tale fight to an end. Let's take Frozen, Brave and Tangled, and gauge them component by component to ge...

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

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.27.2014 | 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?

Are Hovering Parents Breeding Narcissistic Kids?

BabyPost | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
BabyPost

A new study suggests that because we played outside, away from our parents' sight, we were likely a generation of fewer narcissists. That's because, according to the study, free play breeds empathy and lack of it removes a valuable learning opportunity for children to care about what other children think and feel.

What World Water Day Really Means

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

We don't think much about water here in Canada - just turn on the tap and out it pours! But around the world, clean water is more elusive. It can mean...

When Teachers Choose Love

Lori Gard | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It's almost recess and I am urging the children to put away their snacks so as to ready for the recess bell. The students start slowly stowing their l...

Is There Room For Big Oil In Alberta Classrooms?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

"It's time that the Alberta government realizes that what's good for the oil industry isn't what's good for the rest of Alberta and especially not our children. While oil may run our cars for now it shouldn't run our government or our schools. Ever."

Why I Feel Sad For Kids Watching TV Today

Jentzen Michael Shea | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada
Jentzen Michael Shea

TV back then wasn't just about learning to count, the colours and the alphabet. It wasn't about adults in leotards clapping ridiculous patterns at children or household items that live under the sea. TV shows of the 80s taught us manners, etiquette and moral lessons. They taught us to read. A set of fraternal twins taught us to solve problems with science -- and it was cool.

Why I Work to Keep Smokestacks Away From Schoolyards

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

I was raised on a dairy farm in Belledune, a small community on New Brunswick's North Shore. By the time I showed up to school in the fall of 1968, the schoolhouse was bordered by a smelter on one side and a fertilizer plant on the other. I started hearing a little voice inside me saying, "Do something!"

When Discipline Is Sandwiched in Love

Lori Gard | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

You know those kinds of days. Another long day in a stream of long days. More issues to deal with, more meetings to be had. More testing to be done, m...

Stop Comparing Girls to Boys and Just Love Your Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What even is this steaming plate of garbage on my computer screen right now? By the time my girls are adults, society (with no help from you, apparently) will hopefully have come farther in allowing fluidity in gender roles, more lenient maternity and paternity leaves, women will make the same as men, and even now, even now, you're right, we can be intelligent and efficient and be mothers.

Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.

Parents, Remember You Are Your Child's Number One Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Teach your children well -- teach them about life and love and joy and sorrow. Teach them to be honest and kind. Teach them to be thoughtful and generous. Teach your children to care for others. Let your own life be the living textbook that your children read. May it be among the most inspiring books they ever open!

Canada Must Act to Stop Child Marriages Now

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians should know that early and forced marriage is not just an issue of developing countries. For example, recently there were 100 documented cases in Ontario, involving young girls who left Canada and were forced to marry. We need real action, an area where this government often stumbles badly.

Teaching My Son Not to Say "Girly"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

What you're saying to your son when you say "that's girly" is: Stop acting like a girl, because being a girl is bad. You're also saying: You're a boy, and boys are supposed to act a certain way. (That's a whole other can of worms.)

Our Bully Government Fails Children At Risk

Doug O'Halloran | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
Doug O'Halloran

We're talking about children. 741 children. Let's be frank about this situation and call these deaths what they are: unnecessary, preventable, and shameful. To say that no child in a potentially dangerous situation of which our government is aware should ever come to harm is probably unfair. Borrowing a glib, but perhaps apt saying, "things happen." We cannot control the outcomes of every situation of which we're aware.

What I Learned From My 'Cute' Parenting Moment

Lori Gard | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I just had a moment. Until I turn 40, I will not refer to such as a senior's moment. No, this was merely a parenting moment. A realization. As in one ...

Eating Healthy Made Easy... Every Day

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Be consistent for at least 3 weeks. It takes about that long for new habits for be formed and if you tell yourself "it's only 3 weeks" you'll feel so amazing when the 3 weeks is up chances are you won't go back to old habits. Be sure to control portion size of meals, and incorporate fibre and protein rich foods which will help you to feel full.

Overcoming My Fear of Second Hand Clothing

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

After we moved to Canada, money was still tight for my family. Hand-me-downs from friends were the new threat. Some of them fit okay, but colour was a whole other issue. Much of the light clothing had taken on a grayish tint, from being washed too often with the darks. Most of the dark clothing was faded. But I've overcome that stigma to embrace the many benefits of second hand clothing.

What I Want for Christmas: No More Hungry Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

At this time of year, when many Canadians are about to make a child's Christmas a little brighter, a senior federal Minister had to apologize for inse...