BC Parent News

BC Parent News

BC Parent News

pandemic
Pandemic Parenting: What Happens If We Can’t Agree On Whether Or Not To Vaccinate Our Child?

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.

healthier
4 Tried and Tested: Tips From a Do-It-All Mom to Get Moving and Live Healthier

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

stress
Stress Is a Feminist Issue

Reading Time: 7 minutes
Excerpted from When Women Rise: Everyday Practices to Strengthen Your Mind, Body, and Soul by Dr. Michele Kambolis

edgewood
Kids & Company Launches Canada’s First Child Care Facility for Women Recovering From Addiction With Edgewood Treatment Centre

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

maternity
Canada’s First Maternity Leave Program Invests in Mothers

Reading Time: 4 minutes
If my first maternity leave challenged me, my second maternity leave rocked me to the core.

vaccine
Canada approves Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11

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.

candy
Amazing Strategies To Deal With Teaching Kids About Halloween Candy

Reading Time: 4 minutes
I remember Halloween vividly as a child. It was like Christmas on steroids. A magical...

health
5 powerful things you can do to boost your child's mental health

Reading Time: 5 minutes
This generation of parents has become so much more aware of the importance of our...

anxiety
5 Tips for Combating Anxiety Empathetically and Effectively

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.

body image
Body Image For Boys: The Forgotten Ones

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.

image of Pelvic region
Pelvic Floor Health: the low-down

Reading Time: 7 minutes
Let’s get real: sneezing when you pee and painful intercourse are not usually topics that...

anxiety
10 Helpful Tips For You and Your Child with Back-To-School Anxiety

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.

tired mom
Feeling tired? Increase your energy levels by choosing the right Iron Supplement

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.

snacks
Healthier Options for Summer Snacks On-the-Go

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.

Keep children cool! Protect your child from extreme heat
Keep children cool! Protect your child from extreme heat

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.

yoga
Yoga for children and teens

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.’

sugar
4 Types of Sugar Commonly Found in Children’s Snacks

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.

diabetes
Diabetes in Children - Parenting Tips for Family Wellness

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?

UTIs
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and your family

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?

neuro-parent
Becoming a Neuro-Parent: 5 Ways to Shift Your Thinking to Help Your Child with Special Needs Thrive

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.

screen time
Avoid Villainizing Screen Time in Your Household

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.

dry hands
5 Tips to Treat Your Children's Dry Hands This Winter

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.

transmission
Excellent update from VCH - Low COVID-19 transmission in schools

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.

restrictions
BC restrictions extended until Feb 5, 2021

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.

Filter by Category

Find by
Scroll to Top

We care about your data, and we'd love to use cookies to make your experience better