Myths Debunked About Only Children

Myths About Only Children Debunked
Only children get a bad rap. They are often perceived as selfish, spoiled, anxious, socially inept and lonely. And my profession, psychology, may be partly to blame for these negative stereotypes.

When Should My Child Start Speaking?

When Should My Child Start Speaking?
Children develop at varying rates in all sorts of ways, from when they take their first steps to when they understand that their own perspective might be different to someone else’s.

Is Using Cannabis In Front Of Children Harmful?

Is Using Cannabis In Front Of Children Harmful?
Public health agencies are warning parents about using cannabis in the presence of their children. However, parents who use cannabis say that it makes them more empathetic, more patient and more caring towards their young ones

Kindness Is A Skill That Can Be Learned: Why Kindness Matters Most

Kindness Is A Skill That Can Be Learned: Why Kindness Matters Most
Instead of being the coolest kid in the room, how about being the kindest? Once a child understands the im­portance of their actions, good deeds, and the joy of helping others, kindness becomes fun and is highly contagious. What’s wonderful about kindness is that it is a skill that can be learned.

6 Ways To Establish A Productive Homework Routine

6 Ways To Establish A Productive Homework Routine
Homework. Whether you’re a fifth-grader or a freshman in college, the mere thought of homework can be overwhelming. And actually doing homework can be quite difficult. But homework doesn’t have to be something a student dreads.

How To Talk To Your Teenagers About Drugs

How To Talk To Your Teenagers About Drugs
The UK has seen a sharp increase in teenage drug use in the last few years: the NHS reports that 37% of 15-year-olds have used drugs, and that deaths resulting from drug use are at their highest since records began in 1993

Why We Need To Data-Proof Our Kids

Why We Need To Data-proof Are Kids
Google recently agreed to pay a US$170 million fine for illegally gathering children’s personal data on YouTube without parental consent, which is a violation under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The Fear of Saying "I Love You"

The Fear of Saying "I Love You"
What is it about saying, flat out, 'I love you' to our children that has been shunned by many and may still constitute a taboo among middle-aged parents today? Novels, movies, indeed most cultures invest 'I love you' with strong erotic content. The deep, romantic, feeling-tone of the phrase reinforces the taboo...

Children's Lies Are Deceptively Complex

Children's Lies Are Deceptively Complex
Parents are often concerned when they observe their child telling lies. However, lie-telling can give us a window into understanding children’s social and cognitive development.

How To Talk To Your Children About Sexual Consent

How To Talk To Your Children About Sexual Consent
Parents and caregivers often wait until their children are older to talk about sexual consent. And many parents often leave “the sex talk” altogether – hoping that schools will do it instead.

Dr. Spock's Timeless Lessons In Parenting


The book ignited a revolution, breaking free from conventional wisdom that said children required schedules, discipline and little affection.

What Makes You A Mature Adult?

What Makes You A Mature Adult?
With decisions to make every day, small and big, of momentary and far-reaching consequence, people who become parents put themselves on a fast track towards adulthood. They are responsible for the life of a little one now and so they move up in the ranks of generations.

Teens Who Spend Hours On Social Media Report These Behaviors

Teens Who Spend Hours On Social Media Report These Behaviors
Teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to report high levels of behaviors that may indicate mental health problems compared to adolescents who do not use social media at all, according to a new study.

5 Ways To Help Your Kids Sleep Better

5 Ways To Help Your Kids Sleep Better
Though it’s not easy, it is possible to change the poor sleep habits of children in preschool and elementary school, experts say.

How To Get Preschoolers Ready To Learn Math

How To Get Preschoolers Ready To Learn Math
If you’re a parent of a preschooler, you might be wondering how you can help set your child up for success once they enter kindergarten.

A Life Worth Living... Without Regrets

A Life Worth Living... Without Regrets
The American software consultant I interviewed told me about an exercise he did ages ago that has stayed with him his whole life. The participants in the workshop he was in were asked to write their own eulogy, then deliver it to the class, speaking about how they wanted to be remembered.

The Facts on US Children and Teens Killed By Firearms

The Facts on US Children and Teens Killed By Firearms
Injury is the leading cause of death for U.S. children and adolescents, accounting for over 60% of all deaths in this group. Firearms are the second leading cause of death among U.S. children and adolescents, after car crashes. Firearm deaths occur at a rate over three times higher than drownings.

Learning To Teach Mindfulness To Children Can Help Reduce Your Own Stress

Learning To Teach Mindfulness To Children Can Help Reduce Your Own Stress
As the use of mindfulness has increased globally, its importance in education has also been recognised. Though it is not yet on any curriculum, it is being used in schools around the world to improve pupils’ well-being, mental health, social and emotional learning, concentration and cognition.

Is It Safe To Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

Is It Safe To Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?
Is it safe to drink alcohol and breastfeed? As physicians, we have always cautioned patients not to. As mothers, we look forward to the occasional glass of wine.

7 Favorite Books For Connecting With Your Preschooler

7 Favorite Books For Connecting With Your Preschooler
A preschooler’s day is a world of adventure fuelled by an unbridled imagination. Sparked by curiosity, they set out to discover anything and everything new while sharing about their discoveries.

Why Is Personalized Learning So Controversial?

Why Is Personalized Learning So Controversial?
The term “personalized learning” is becoming more common. Indeed, 39 states mention personalized learning in their school improvement plans, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Not only are states legislating personalized learning, but philanthropists are funding it and, in some cases, families are pushing back against it.

Asking For What You Want: Did You Really Say That???

Wait! What Did You Just Say???
Many parents today will tell you that they're not getting what they want from their children. Quite a few parents have actually thrown in the towel. By contrast... we believe that many frustrating and seemingly insurmountable problems actually have simple, easy to understand causes, as well as equally simple and easy to understand solutions.

Want To Breastfeed? These 5 Things Will Make It Easier

More than 90% of Australian women start breastfeeding soon after the birth of their baby, but only 15% are exclusively breastfeeding at six months, despite national and international recommendations.

7 Ways To Build Your Child's Vocabulary

7 Ways To Build Your Child's Vocabulary

If you want your child to have a rich and fulfilling life, one of the best things you can do is help build your child’s vocabulary.

What Does It Mean To Be A Good Father To Your Son?

What Does It Mean To Be A Good Father To Your Son?

What does it mean to be a “good father?” While playing catch as a form of father-son bonding can be a good thing, it is necessary to challenge our idealized concepts of fatherhood gleaned from popular culture and Hallmark-style greeting cards.

Mothers Explain How They Navigated Work And Childcare

Mothers Explain How They Navigated Work And Childcare

Over the past few decades of Australian life, government policies have gradually offered more support to working mothers, particularly through childcare subsidies and parental leave.

How To Stop Kids From Cutting Themselves

How To Stop Kids From Cutting Themselves

I recently worked a shift in the emergency room at a Toronto-area hospital and was asked to see a 12-year-old boy who had cut himself for the first time, on his wrist.

Why Parents Should Think Twice About Tracking Apps For Their Kids

Why Parents Should Think Twice About Tracking Apps For Their Kids

The use of self-tracking and personal surveillance technologies has grown considerably over the last decade. There are now apps to monitor people’s movement, health, mindfulness, sleep, eating habits and even sexual activity.

What To Do If Your Teenager Watches Violent Video

What To Do If Your Teenager Watches Violent Video

The world is still reeling in the aftermath of the horrific shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack has also raised a number of side issues, including the ethics of broadcasting the live stream of the attack, which was later shared on other platforms.

What To Teach Your Children For A Safer World

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Around 80% of secondary school students who had classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who had not attended such classes.

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