By Madeline Smith StarMetro Calgary Thu., Nov. 22, 2018 CALGARY—Just before the start of a new school year, Lisa Dixon-Wells is standing in front of a group of teachers, as she does countless times, with a message. As she opens her session in the small, cluttered classroom, she jokes that if she had her way, she would have two full days to discuss the issue of bullying. But given the busy pre-September prep time, a three-hour talk will have to do. Despite the lighthearted tone, she’s not exaggerating: Dixon-Wells is a fountain of facts, figures and statistics about bullying and its impact, and she has big ideas about how to create change — far more than she can fit into just a few hours. It’s not about changing the bullies, she explains, but creating communities where bullying behaviour is unacceptable. Her organization, Dare to Care, has brought bullying prevention and education programs to more than 1,200 schools since the group was … [Read more...] about As a child, she witnessed brutal bullying. Now she’s teaching thousands of kids to stand up to tormentors
How culture affects child development
Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more parenting stories and videosNEW YORK: It is normal for toddlers to go through a picky eating phase, but experts say parents can help them learn to handle new sensations and avoid a battle of wills.Hildy S Lipner, chief of paediatric speech pathology at Joseph M Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey, said that by the time she sees children with picky eating problems, they are usually between 18 months and three years old, and already have their patterns well established.While those patterns reflect children’s different temperaments, they may also go back to the way parents and children navigated that normally picky toddler phase.So at six months or so, which is when the American Academy of Paediatrics recommends introducing solid foods into a baby’s diet, parents should be aware that babies are already establishing habits. “The best time to transition kids as you go up the textural … [Read more...] about How to deal with the ‘picky eating’ phase of your toddler
Choosing the preschool discipline: play or work for U.N. agenda 30 for sustainable development? Confronting the new K to 12 program that demands a continuum of learning from kindergarten to senior high school to match the U.N. Agenda 30 for Sustainable Lifelong Development, the Department of Education (DepEd) is still in the process of searching for the ideal preschool curriculum as its basis and its corresponding teacher training program. Quality kindergarten teaches you all you need to know and prepares you for life. Parents usually keep looking for preschools with scholastic materials for the three R’s while overlooking the importance of conditioning the 3 to 5-years-old to work independently. Practical Life activities in Care of oneself, Care of home and garden, not mere admonition are needed to develop the child’s love for work and order. The Montessori system spontaneously builds the young child’s character simultaneously with … [Read more...] about Choosing the preschool discipline: play or work for U.N. agenda 30 for sustainable development?
By Juli Fraga The Washington Post Mon., April 16, 2018 Like many fathers, Adam Elmaghraby enjoys spending time outdoors with his daughter. On weekends, he takes the 3-year-old to a farmers market, sharing his love of food with her and teaching her about fruits and vegetables. Elmaghraby especially appreciates this time with his daughter because his entry into fatherhood was difficult. A few months after her birth, he struggled with bouts of paralyzing anxiety and depression. “Shortly after my daughter was born, I started feeling anxious. My mind would swirl, and I felt out of control. I didn’t have enough time for myself, parenting and my professional life,” he said. Like many new parents, Elmaghraby struggled to adjust to the child-care responsibilities and sleep deprivation that a baby brings. As his mood worsened, he started to blame parenthood. But it took him nearly a year to reach out for help. Once he saw a doctor, he was diagnosed with anxiety … [Read more...] about Postpartum depression could affect fathers as well
Think twice before taking painkillers during pregnancy as researchers have found that they could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, showed that these drugs could affect the fertility of both unborn boys and girls. They may also affect the fertility of future generations, by leaving marks on DNA, said the study which adds to a growing body of evidence that certain medicines, including paracetamol, should be used with caution during pregnancy. "We would encourage women to think carefully before taking painkillers in pregnancy and to follow existing guidelines -- taking the lowest possible dose for the shortest time possible," said lead researcher Rod Mitchell from University of Edinburgh in Britain. The researchers looked at the effects of paracetamol and ibuprofen on samples of human foetal testes and ovaries. They found similar effects using several different experimental approaches, including … [Read more...] about Painkiller use in pregnancy may affect baby’s future fertility