Reading Time: 4 minutes The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced parents to make a number of challenging decisions, and most recently, the predicament as to whether or not they should vaccinate their child. These decisions become more difficult still when it comes to parents who share the duties and responsibilities of raising their child though they are separated or divorced, and no longer live together.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The impact of this past year has been different for everyone. But there are common threads among many of us: we felt more stressed, more anxious and we became more sedentary. A study released in April 2021, found that Canadian adults who were struggling with stress and anxiety related to the pandemic were less likely to engage in physical activity
Reading Time: 7 minutes Excerpted from When Women Rise: Everyday Practices to Strengthen Your Mind, Body, and Soul by Dr. Michele Kambolis
Reading Time: 4 minutes e-sponsored child care in Canada, has launched the first child care partnership for women engaging in recovery at EHN Canada’s Edgewood Treatment Centre, a mental health and addiction treatment facility in Nanaimo, B.C
Reading Time: 4 minutes If my first maternity leave challenged me, my second maternity leave rocked me to the core.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Health Canada has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, the department announced Friday. The announcement means that elementary school children will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Previously, only kids aged 12 and up were eligible.
Reading Time: 4 minutes I remember Halloween vividly as a child. It was like Christmas on steroids. A magical...
Reading Time: 5 minutes This generation of parents has become so much more aware of the importance of our...
Reading Time: 3 minutes t’s been a challenging two years for many families, and there has been an increase in and mental health disorders in children and adults as they navigate an entirely unknown way of life. Prior to the pandemic, 1 in 5 Canadians experienced a mental health disorder or anxiety this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. As someone who has experienced anxiety for most of her life, I recognize the importance of offering my children support and skills to help them cope with mental health.
Reading Time: 5 minutes There have also been notable increases in eating disorders in boys, particularly in athletes. It is estimated that 1 in 3 individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder is male. This percentage may actually be much higher as eating disorders in boys & men can present differently than girls and their behaviours may be seen as normal (or even healthy) by adults in their life. Consequently eating disorders in boys and men are often underdiagnosed.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Let’s get real: sneezing when you pee and painful intercourse are not usually topics that...
Reading Time: 7 minutes September is known as a very stressful month for parents and kids, so let’s make a plan to reduce the stressors and lower the anxiety in your home. Here are 10 tips to help your children get over it.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Did you know, many people live their daily lives without enough iron in their system, and perhaps they don’t even know it? Having low ferritin (protein that stores iron) levels is fairly common, in fact, studies have shown that up to 25% of the world’s population suffers from low iron and that up to 8% of Canadian women have low iron stores.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Summer gets really busy for many families with lots of activities like day-camps, time at the pool or beach, and road trips. These activities leave kids especially hungry and asking for extra snacks, and it can be hard to keep up with their appetites! Here are some healthier snack ideas.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Extreme heat, and heat related illnesses, are especially dangerous for infants and young children. Here are some tips from Health Canada to manage in the heat.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Yoga for children and teens is similar to yoga for adults in that it is a personal and collective experience offering us an opportunity to go within, and encourages us to find deeper connection within ourselves for more fulfilling connection with others. The word yoga means ‘to unite.’
Reading Time: 4 minutes At some point all children will ingest refined sugar, but putting it off for as long as possible should be every parent’s goal. In fact, a recent study by the USDA suggests that refined sugars are so harmful to the development of children, they should be completely avoided before the age of two. Some doctors and scientists argue that children’s developing bodies are much more vulnerable to the dangers of sugar in comparison to adults leaving them more exposed to a number of lifelong health conditions. In addition, research shows that the more we consume sugar, the more we crave it, and children are no exception. One of the problems of modern society is that refined sugars are often hidden in our foods and masked with healthy nicknames, making it difficult for parents to really know how much sugar they’re giving their kids. From honey to agave nectar, here are some of the most notable sugar monikers lurking in your pantry.
Reading Time: 5 minutes According to statistics from the Canadian Pediatric Society, 33,000 school-age children (5-18 years old) in Canada have Type 1 Diabetes, and there are several thousands under the age of 5. How can you identify diabetes? What can you do to support your children?
Reading Time: 7 minutes Urinary Tract Infections, better known as UTIs, is something that many women (approximately 60%) and some men, have experienced in their lifetime. Did you know that even children can get them?
Reading Time: 6 minutes What is a neuro-parent? It is a term we coined to get you thinking differently about your role as a parent to a child with special needs. It embodies the same qualities as a typical parent while encouraging you to look at your child through a new lens: that of your child’s neurology. As you begin to focus on what is possible, let’s explore five productive ways to look at your child and help him or her.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Technology is here to stay and will prove to be one of the most important tools in your child’s life. Parents must be careful not to villainize technology. By painting excessive screen time in a negative light or punishing your child for spending too much time on their device, this does not deter them away from using technology. Instead, this villainization eventually transfers to them in the form of guilt and shame.
Reading Time: 5 minutes If your children are suffering from dry hands that are itchy, red, and starting to crack then you need to take action right away to prevent them from getting any worse. Here are some tips to help you treat your children’s dry hands this Winter.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Since schools reopened in September, VCH has not recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among school-aged children relative to other groups. Those aged 5-17 years of age accounted for 6 per cent of VCH’s COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, despite representing 10 per cent of VCH’s population. Evidence shows children are less likely to get infected with COVID-19, and less likely to experience severe symptoms if infected.
Reading Time: 2 minutes By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all events and social gatherings are suspended until Feb 5, 2021. Here are some ways to fill the time.
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