#Children

Universal Autism Screening Is Instrumental To Early Diagnosis

Laurie Mawlam | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Laurie Mawlam

Over the years, Autism Canada has talked to thousands of parents and there has been a similar refrain. Early diagnosis didn't happen for their children because too many well-intentioned health practitioners and educators dismissed early red flags and parental concerns in favour of a "wait and see" approach.

What Would You Do If Karla Homolka Was A Parent At Your School?

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

The news broke earlier this week that Karla Homolka has been living in the Quebec community under the name Leanne Bordelais with her three school-age children. Parents from the community are outraged, and perhaps understandably so.

Put Children First In The Fight Against Climate Change

David Morley | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

any of the countries that are the most susceptible to the effects of climate change are also the ones that have the highest number of children as a share of their overall population. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions therefore isn't just about improving the air we breathe. It's about so much more.

Not All Canadian Children Have A Fair Shot In Life

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Inequality limits the potential of children, increasing their risk of poor health, lower earnings and lower skills in adulthood. Affluent nations with wide inequality gaps tend to have fewer children in great health and well-being, so it's not only the most disadvantaged children who suffer the consequences of inequality.

From One Mom To Another: The Gift Of Perspective Is Everything

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

As you gain distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, from this place above the trees you can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, you stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where you've been and where you're going.

Fewer Kids Walk Or Bike To School -- And That Hurts Everyone

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

More than twice as many kids are driven to school these days compared to 25 years ago, and that's having an impact on everyone. In a study released April 5 by Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area's transportation planning agency, researchers found a decline among youth in the use of physically active modes of transportation to commute to school over a 25-year period. And this has huge implications for the future of Toronto.

#TalkToMe: Words Of Wisdom From Working Parents To Their Kids

Zeeshan Hayat | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zeeshan Hayat

Our kids are very talkative, full of energy, but put them in front of a camera and they instantly shied away with a loss for words. This loss of words only lasted a few short seconds, however, until they took the reins of the interview.

World Health Day: Recommit To Improving The Lives Of Children

David Morley | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

Few things matter more to a community, to a country, to a global society, than a child's health. Healthy children grow up to become healthy adults -- people who can create and contribute to the public good. Indeed, improving the health of a child is one of the greatest investments any society can make towards bettering its future.

A Longing More Than Met

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

From my earliest moments as a new mother, I'd longed for my daughter to experience the same enjoyment from reading and falling into a good book that I'd felt in my youth. I pictured us walking in tandem in our mutual appreciation for stories, unpacking plots and characters for each other as we bonded in conversation.

5 Reasons Five-Year-Olds Are Extraordinary

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyce Kominetsky

These wondrous creatures love life. Fully and whole-heartedly. Every morning my daughter wakes up with a smile on her face, ready to conquer the world... At five-years-old, her journey is a blank slate. Each day my daughter's little feet make their mark in this world, and she finds simple joy with every step. Cheers, five-year-old, for living life to the fullest!

Let's Take The 'Kid' Out Of Kidney Disease

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Todd Hauptman

Kidney disease is a serious condition that can affect anyone at any age, including children. Twelve children are on dialysis in B.C., almost 150 with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease and another 50 are in post-transplant care. These numbers may appear small but the impact on their lives is significant.

Tax-Filing Can Be A Money Management Teaching Moment

Jeff Cates | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Jeff Cates

If you're a parent, you may be wondering when your children should start filing their own taxes. Even if they're still too young to take this on themselves, every child can benefit from a simple conversation about income, money management and how taxes come into play.

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.

Why Are Some Siblings So Hateful Towards Each Other?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Siblings can be our best friends or our worst enemies. I've heard of one sibling giving up a kidney for another; being a surrogate for another one's pregnancy, or giving another sibling the down-payment for a house. So what makes one sibling loving and the other hurtful? Mostly, it comes down to what happened during childhood.

The Connection Between Childhood Experiences And Adult Problems

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Every person who's walked through my office door suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship or work problems, low self-esteem or addiction has a history of some type of adversity in their childhood. It's become clear to me by listening to their stories that were it not for these painful events, the person wouldn't be struggling as much as they are, today.

Dolphin Parenting: A Cure For Tiger Moms And Jellyfish Dads

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

Parenting, like life, is about balance. Between independence and rules, work and play. With the authoritative dolphin style of parenting, greater self-confidence, critical thinking, good behaviour and academic performance are all achieved by encouraging collaborative communication that is both firm and flexible.

Today's Kids Could Use A Lesson In Healthy Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Silken Laumann

I think competition is good for us, and is critical to helping us find performances that we didn't know we had. Sometimes I feel we have become so sensitive about not leaving anybody feeling left out that we have all but obliterated competition in our schools, and to a large degree in our workplaces. Nobody gets recognized, and actually nobody feels special.

Co-Parenting Challenges: 7 Ways To Make Your Feelings Work For You

Karen Kristjanson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Karen Kristjanson

Feelings are great, when they're positive. We smile and high-five to share our exuberance. As co-parents after divorce, we're more in the negative territory at first -- anger, sadness, longing. Who wants to feel those? Easier to ignore them, or distract ourselves with a glass of wine or a movie until the feelings go away.

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.

Vancouver's Housing Market Is Driving Away Young Families

Ashley Redmond | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley Redmond

Since I've moved to Vancouver in February of last year I've become accustomed to daily news updates on the real estate market. There are other towns like Squamish that are on the winning end of the housing crisis in Vancouver -- these towns are getting young families that will one day help their town prosper.

Cranberries For Children May Help Ward Off Urinary Troubles

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For many Canadians, no turkey dinner is complete without the addition of cranberry sauce. The tartness from the red berries offers a perfect complement to the rich meal. But beyond these special moments, cranberries have long been thought to be an excellent way to improve health, particularly in the urinary tract.

What I Learned On My Medical Mission To A Jordanian Refugee Camp

Heba Osman | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Heba Osman

I spent over a week in Jordan at the beginning of January, with the Syrian American Medical Society visiting non-profit clinics in Jordan where the Syrian refugees were populated and went into the camp to work in their Medical Centre. I did not know what to expect going into the camp, now termed the fifth largest city in Jordan.

Setting The Conditions For Children's Long-Term Health

Chris Harper | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Chris Harper

As a medical student, I learn plenty about complex management of disease once it's started -- but rarely do we learn about what keeps people well in the first place. Aaron Antonovsky was a medical sociologist with a similar curiosity. Based on three components, his research provides a valuable framework for how we should approach public policy making in the area of health and wellness in Canada.

Top 10 Travel Products For Adventuring Families

Amanda Blakley | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Amanda Blakley

As a seasoned traveller, my wanderlust runs deep (from backpacking to business travel, I have circled the globe numerous times). Now as a mother of two, I am passionate about cultivating and passing along that love of travel to my children by placing an importance on collecting experiences, not things.

How To Deal With Inappropriate Touching

TamilCulture | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Parents
TamilCulture

It is important to make sure that our children are in the know about what forms appropriate and inappropriate touching -- or at the very least know how they can define what's OK and what's not.