Children

Where Are All the Midwives in Canada?

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

Part of the cause is that Canada was one of a handful of countries (and the only Western industrialized nation) not to have any provisions for midwifery care prior to 1993. In the last 20 years, there has been growth in the profession, but only modest.

Makes Me Wonder: Nature Firsts

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

I have a lot of faith in curiosity and wonder, believing in their ability to inspire across disciplines and across all ages. When it comes to the na...

I Remember the Day I Met My Parents

Steve Marchand | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Steve Marchand

I remember the exact day I met my parents. Not many people can say that. It was on my 10th birthday. February 23, 1979, to be precise. Danielle, the Social Worker in charge of my case since I had become an orphan four years earlier, drove me to a restaurant where she introduced me to a nice young couple. Today however, after a long and intense look into my past, the scene that took place some 35 years ago is a comforting memory not only because it coincides with the real beginning of my life, but because it also serves as a reminder of all that had to happen in the years before that meeting.

7 Steps to Helping Your Children Manage Anxiety

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Anxiety is the number one mental health concern for children. Our children are growing up in a highly anxious world, surrounded by a massive amount of stimulation and information. Here are some practical and important tips to assist you with grounding your children in this anxious world, and helping them develop their self regulation capabilities.

Rumours Of 'Gay Injection' Infect B.C. Election

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Burnaby's municipal election is getting heated with rumours that one party is circulating a "fact" that a new gay serum will be injected into children...

The Gift of Radio for Children Facing Ebola

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I feel so encouraged that radio is providing comfort to children in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. In partnership with the country's government, World Vision is helping children continue their schooling by broadcasting educational programs for kids hunkered down at home.

Will Canada Focus on Stopping Child Violence?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Although the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child specifies that every child, everywhere, has the right to survive, grow and be protected from all forms of violence, a new report by UNICEF of 190 countries shows that emotional, physical, and sexual violence is "ever present" in children's lives.

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Ottawa Shooting

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

A young reserve solider was shot and killed in our capital city of Ottawa by a gunman. Most of us are still reeling from this news and trying to make sense of what has happened today. But we also need to respond to our young people and help them understand what has occurred. There is much we will need to understand and process around this horrific event, but here are some tips to help you talk with your children right here and right now.

The Kind of Love That Is Never Really 'Enough'

Lori Gard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I shouldn't feel this way. But I do. Inadequate. In spite of my best efforts and in spite of all I do. In spite of all I say and all I strive to b...

What My Child With Autism Has Taught Me

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

It was an ordinary summer day. People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary that day too. Just another family, managing the hectic jumble of kids' lessons, bills, our careers, endless streams of birthday parties, too little sleep and the occasional date night out. But it was all shattered with a single word: autism.

Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey's fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned that it could trigger one of her seizures. I was overcome with pride and appreciation for the caring, supportive community we have created in partnership with the school administration.

Dysfunctional Divorce Leads to Dysfunctional Children

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Feldstein

What divorcing spouses and partners don't realize is there are very real consequences of dysfunctional divorce that affect mental, emotional, and developmental well-being and behaviour of children. The effects of divorce trauma become more pronounced the longer a divorce drags on. And two or five years in the life of a child is a huge percentage of time.

Helping Kids Understand the Gift of Food This Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's no question that my kids are grateful for the festive food on the table -- an exciting change from our usual meals at home. But like many Canadian children, they have no sense of what it means to be hungry for more than an hour or so.

What Most People Don't Know About 'Deadbeat Parents' and Child Support

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Feldstein

A CBC investigation yesterday uncovered that 'deadbeat parents' in Canada collectively owe more than $3.7B in support. As a divorce lawyer for 20 years, it struck me that there is a lack of knowledge of how court-ordered support payments work. Here are three things to think about and two actions that you can take which should help Canadians understand spousal and child support a bit better, help you understand why the divorce support payments situation is such a mess, and help explain why it is not even worse.

Why I'm Glad To Be a Helicopter Parent

Lori Gard | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As a mother, I have struggled with being labelled at times. Even so recently as last week, I denounced myself in conversation with my husband as being a helicopter parent, feeling defensive about my level of involvement in our children's lives. As a mom, I find myself consistently teaching, mentoring, coaching and loving our four.

What I Really Want To Tell You About Pregnancy

Vicki Murphy | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

I'm torn because my family always comes first, but I also have these ideas and opportunities and the iron is hot and I'm not getting any younger and this is my time, bitch. I'm riddled with guilt just typing that, because society and my upbringing and all that bullshit has programmed me to believe I'm a mother now, so I'm supposed to sacrifice my own dreams for everyone else's. But I'm determined to try my best to fuck that noise and do it all, even if I don't do any of it perfectly. I'd rather live with failure than regret.

Child Poverty Is a Canadian Problem

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

This isn't just an American problem. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian children are growing up without enough. Low-income children, especially minorities and aboriginals, are growing up at an increased risk of preventable diseases -- diseases both classically medical and mental health related that arise as a result of their early living conditions and will affect us all. These numbers don't simply represent difficult childhoods; they mark a huge group of Canadians who are growing up without the supportive environments they need to develop into healthy adults.

Back to School: How to Create a Healthy Lunch

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Step one is figuring out what makes up a healthy lunch. A good place to start is the Canada Food Guide, says Deborah O'Connor, a professor in the department of nutritional sciences at U of T and a researcher in the Centre for Child Nutrition, Health and Development.

How the U.N. Exists in Thunder Bay

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

No more hockey. No more swimming lessons. For 15,000 Thunder Bay families living in poverty, the proposed funding cuts in 2005 meant the end of the only affordable sports and recreation programs available to their children. The council debate was rancorous. The motion looked ready to pass. Then one councillor rose to remind his colleagues of their promise to the city's young: the Children's Charter.

Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.

How Do You Know If a School Backpack Is Too Heavy?

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Backpacks can vary greatly in size, and Cameron also says it's a balance between finding one large enough without overwhelming the person wearing it. As well, the pack should be worn in line with the hip bones rather than being higher up the back or lower down on the buttocks.

Are Schools Breaking Up Friends?

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

On the first day of school when the class list was posted, I was shocked to discover that my son had absolutely zero former classmates in his class. None. Not one. Across the playground, there were quite a few other kids in tears after discovering that their best or closest friends would not be in their new class, either.

Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing Field

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

As kids head back to school, hoping to make this year's sports teams, University of Toronto public health professor and family doctor Ross Upshur is calling for stronger action to prevent sports-related concussion in children and youth.

10 Tips To Move Families Out of B.C. Teachers' Strike Limbo

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

Blame generally does not help resolve issues, and it is a poor platform to negotiate from regardless of the issue. Blame is not going to help us get our children back in school, nor is it going to assist us in dealing with the reality that is about to hit.

Why Your Husband Should Get a Vasectomy

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

Men, just remember that a vasectomy won't stop you from pitching a tent. It simply means that when the volcano erupts, the lava won't flow and the villagers won't have to run for their lives. Why not man up and undergo a routine procedure that you won't even feel or remember, one that's along the lines of your circumcision (if you had one, and if you didn't, then along the lines of your first routine infant vaccination)?