Teenagers

Teens And Teeth Whitening: What You Should Know

Anaida Deti | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Anaida Deti

Teenagers deal with all sorts of pressures and self esteems issues, and their appearance are high on that list; so, what do you do when they say their smile isn't as bright and white as they want it to be? As parents, we strive to help our kids feel better about themselves; but before you buy those whitening strips or make that teeth whitening appointment, you should sink your teeth into the facts, first.

Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"

Are Teens Reading? Should They Be?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

It's not unusual to find a group of teenagers sitting quietly, all of them with their heads looking down, shoulders slumped, as they silently tap away at their smartphones. Many of them are texting each other (some sitting right across from them), catching up on social media or watching YouTube videos.

Look Out For 'Friends' Who Exploit Your Teen's Insecurities

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Throughout the teen years, vulnerabilities crop up. That, in turn, makes them susceptible to controlling friends. To identify negative relationships your teen needs to clearly understand the attributes of possessiveness, isolation and jealousy. These are strategies used by others to control a person.

Understanding Healthy Boundaries Is Important For Adolescent Relationships

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

For parents, the healthy relationship boundaries talk is a topic that can be revisited many times during the teen years. They need to understand what it means to have boundaries. Take the time with your teen to explain emotional and physical personal space, dealing with privacy, and what to do when someone crosses a boundary.

Getting Teens To Understand The Dangers Of Texting While Driving

Neil Seeman | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Online counter-marketing succeeds only if teens tell other teens how ridiculously uncool and unsafe it is to text or speak into a phone while driving. Yet the dominant form of teenage communication is texting. This poses a public policy conundrum: how best do we change teen behaviour?

How To Manage Your Kids' Halloween Candy

Anaida Deti | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Anaida Deti

It may just be a sweet coincidence that October is both Dental Hygiene Month and Halloween but with Halloween just around the corner, your little ghosts and goblins are eager to hit the candy jackpot. But what else can be spookier than creepy crawlies and witches? Rotting teeth from too much sugar and dental plaque.

The Reality Of Cyber Abuse

Susie Williams | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Susie Williams

Technology plays a large part in the lives of everyone; it's where we communicate, learn, express ourselves and spend much of our leisure time, but what does it look like when the primary medium we use for these things becomes corrupted with hate and abuse?

I Know You Will Make It Through Your Struggle With Depression

Brittany Krystantos | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Brittany Krystantos

I get your feelings. You feel so unimportant. Like nothing you do is right. You feel like you're judged for something you can't change. You feel like you can't trust anyone, even your parents of all people. You are told you're too young to make a difference, and I disagree completely!

To Every Kid Who Feels Like They Don't Measure Up: You Are Enough

Ian Warner | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Living
Ian Warner

The feeling of not being enough is a lie that many of us end up believing at some point. It can send us on a dangerous chase to find external things to make us feel satisfied, but there is no such thing. If we can't find happiness within, we will never be able to find it externally.

Learning To Communicate With Your Teen

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Teens need to feel connected to their parents if they're going to open up to them, but it's harder these days for teens to connect. Social media makes it easier to be isolated and disconnected from parents and peers, as teens can opt to plug in to their technology and stay plugged in, rather than build real-life relationships.

Cyberbullying Hurts Even More For Teens Facing Mental Illness

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Everyone is struggling and the cure isn't going to come from a Google suggestion. The conversations we are having now are important, especially when talking to teens about Internet use. For the teens that struggle with mental illness, however, this conversation is potentially life saving.

What It Takes To Raise A Teenager

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Parents need to walk that fine line between allowing their teens to fail and make mistakes, so that they can learn from these experiences, and keeping them from being self-destructive or self-defeating. It's important that teens see that their actions have consequences and learn from their own experiences what works for them and what doesn't work. The parents' role is to make sure that the consequences to their teen aren't so severe that there's no coming back.

Teens Need Hugs (Even If They're Totally Over Them)

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

"A hug is like a boomerang. You get it back right away." This is true 90 per cent of the time. But 10 per cent of the time, it's not true -- especially when you're trying to hug a reluctant teen as you drop them off at their friend's house or at school, and even sometimes when you're alone in the house with them.

Tempting Teen Taste Buds: 15 Family-Friendly Recipes

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Our dedication to family mealtime remains strong and that's why we've come up with these delicious family-friendly recipes, foolproof recipes that not only answer the question, "What's for dinner?" but also help you serve it up in a quick and easy way.

3 Things You Need To Know About Generation Z

Mary Donohue | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

If you are hiring summer students, have teenagers slouching around the house, or you are a forward-thinking CEO, you are spending some time thinking about Gen Z. The follow-on generation to the Millennials is something of an unknown to most. The biggest question: how they are going to perform in the workforce?

How To Disaster-Proof Your Rental Against Kids, Pets And More

YPNextHome | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

Sometimes preventing damage is easy, but there are a few circumstances that have less obvious preventative measures. Here's how to avoid a few overlooked problems that could cause harm to your rental unit.

Marijuana's Pro-Psychotic Effects May Put Teens At Risk

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

There is no single cause for schizophrenia. THC alone is not responsible, but there is an abundance of evidence that THC can provoke an earlier onset of schizophrenia by up to six years. There is also solid evidence to suggest a causal link between THC and schizophrenia.

The Youth Of Attawapiskat Have Solutions To Fighting Suicide Crisis

Silken Laumann | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

The biggest complaint I hear from teenagers is that we don't take them seriously. The teens of Attawapiskat have made a list of what they have in their community, their community and social assets if you will. Things like a gym, a Healing Lodge, and a school. They have also made another list: 'What we need.' Notice the list was not titled what we want. Need. These children need a Fitness Centre; it was the first thing on their list. The second was a Track and Field facility. More Sports, a Youth Camp and a clean Swimming Pool. We need to listen now, and give them what they need before it's too late.

Canada's Drug Policy Failed Me As A Teenage Heroin Addict

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Impact
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Over the five years I spent seeking treatment, my family and I encountered a seemingly endless series of obstacles -- from programs that couldn't accommodate me, to waiting lists that lasted much longer than my desire to get clean -- all of which combined to feel like the treatment system was designed for me to fail.

Moms And Dads, Teach Consent Along With The Birds and Bees

Jessica Holmes | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Jessica Holmes

I know this makes you uncomfortable to talk about. I sure don't want to hear it, either. But I need to. You're the people I trust most, and my first line of defence against regrettable or unwanted sexual encounters. Don't limit the sex talk to periods and how babies are made. Tell me EVERYTHING!

I Bought My 12-Year-Old A Smartphone And We've Never Been Closer

Lianne Castelino | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

She carefully peeled back that final strip of birthday wrapping paper to reveal an iPhone. She was absolutely overcome. One thing I didn't give much thought to with this purchase and what has become a happy cellphone circumstance is getting to know my daughter even more -- thanks to texting.

The Stabbing At My Teen's High School Didn't Have To Happen

Jo-Anne Craine | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Jo-Anne Craine

I got a text from my teen at 8:52 yesterday morning. It was that text; the one you read about in news reports that usually come from the U.S. It doesn't come from one of your own children. The ones you promised yourself you would always protect. "Lockdown at school," then "Someone pulled a knife." Not much to go on, but enough to send that infamous chill down your spine. I wasn't far from school, so I raced over, my muddy dog still in the back seat, dreading what I knew I would find.

You Don't Deserve To Be Abused, And Other Things To Tell My Daughter

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Deborah Fulsang

This news story is a sickening one: Talk of women being allegedly blindsided with punches to the head in the name of foreplay, of them allegedly bashed against cement walls, of courageous women agreeing to press sexual-assault charges only to be ridiculed on the witness stand. What, on earth, do I tell my intelligent and social-justice-minded daughter about this?

How To Talk To Your Teen About Sexting

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

At Kids Help Phone, hundreds of kids contact us each year about sexting. Most teens make contact because they're feeling pressure to sext, or someone has shared a sext without their consent. A very large proportion of the calls are initiated after teens have already taken a sexting action and they're in crisis mode, or in desperate need of advice.