Tag Archive: Parenting Advice

To Have or Have Not: Psychoanalyst shares reasons not to have kids

The cover of the August 3 issue of Maclean’s magazine (the Canadian equivalent of Time or Newsweek) presents, in large, bold type, “The Case Against Having Kids,” noting that, ‘They can hurt your career, your marriage, your social life, your bank book. Why bother?” The cover story coincides with the Canadian release of a French…

FA069 – Anatomy of Growing Up

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about what parents go through as their kids grow up. You can’t stop them from getting older, but does growing up necessarily mean letting go? Are you a parent who misses the baby stage, or do you become excited about your child’s growing independence? Or do you feel a bit…

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It's not you, it's us: Parent – teen relationships are a two-way street

We recently talked about parenting styles on Episode 67 of The Family Anatomy Podcast, but although “parenting” is the widely accepted term, it simplifies the parent-child relationship into something the adult does to (or hopefully for) the child. It’s clearly more complicated than that – how parents deal with their kids depends on the parent,…

Parental Conflict or Separation? No Difference for Teen Well-Being

Researchers have known for some time that teenagers are better off both academically and behaviourally if they live with both parents. However, new research out of the University of Minnesota and Cornell University indicates that if there is significant parental conflict, the relationship between parents staying together and positive outcomes no longer holds. More specifically…

How parents can help young teens at school

Parents of adolescents know that it can be a difficult stage for kids. Schoolwork can sometimes take a back seat to stress about physical changes, along with social and relationship concerns. Add to these factors an increasing desire and need for independence, and it can leave parents uncertain as to how they can support their…

FA047 – Anatomy of Birth to Five

Doctors Brian, Giuseppe, and Richard interview Brenda Nixon, the author of The Birth to Five Book. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] … or get your free subscription in iTunes. If you use iTunes, you can leave a review! Leave us a comment, or you can e-mail suggestions or questions to [email protected]….

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Managing tantrums

Brenda Nixon, author of The Birth to Five Book, believes that kids whose tantrums are tolerated are at risk for developing emotional problems as adults. While some tantrums occur as a natural part of development (“the terrible twos”), others might reflect a clinical problem. Tantrums typically start between 1.5 and 2 years, and might be…

Supervision, Safety, and Caregiving

In a controversial study entitled,¬† ‚ÄúHousehold Composition and Fatal Unintentional Injuries Related to Child Maltreatment,‚Äù Bernard G. Ewigman, professor and chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago found that children living in households with unrelated adults are six times more likely to die of maltreatment-related unintentional injuries, and two times…

Bullying – The Family Connection

Research presented at the American Sociological Association suggests a connection between parenting style and bullying. Elizabeth Sweeney reviewed studies of bullying among 9 to 16 year-olds in 6 countries. She found that children of authoritarian parents – those who are unresponsive and emphasize obedience – were significantly more likely to engage in bullying behaviour. Tolerance…

FA019 – Anatomy of Work-Home Balance

Possibly as shocking as finding a tiger in Africa, this week’s F.A. features 2 firsts – a guest host, and a LADY! Doctor Brian chats with Cheryl Grant, Social Worker Extraordinaire, about balancing work and family responsibilities. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] … or get your free subscription in iTunes. If…

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