TOPIC: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Reproductive rights should be a vital part of sex ed — and that means talking to your kids about abortion

What's happening in the U.S. regarding restrictions to abortions has led to some parents fielding, or perhaps avoiding, questions about reproductive rights.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Let's allow teens to press pause on post-secondary plans if they're not sure of their path

High school students are still kids. So why do we expect them to make choices about their future careers, starting with post-secondary education? 
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

We can't just hope our kids won't try drugs. We need to be open and honest with them on the issue

As parents, we can't just pretend our children won't be exposed to drugs, or that they'll never have to make a choice about whether to take them. So what can we do?
Parental Guidance

Friendships are an important part of childhood, but should parents play a role?

Friendship is an important part of a child's life, and it can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking. But it also provides lessons that parents need to stay out of.
Parental Guidance

As mask requirements lift, many families with immunocompromised kids and relatives feel overlooked

While a mask can be uncomfortable, parents of medically vulnerable kids aren’t comfortable removing masks in school.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Amid the unexpected events of the past 2 years, kids should know they can always expect love and reassurance

The Ukraine crisis is the latest anxiety-laden topic that parents are having to tackle with their children.
Parental Guidance

It's never been easier for your kids to see pornography — so what should you do? 

Curiosity about sex and pornography is completely natural and healthy, but the key is to make sure our children understand the difference between what is real and what is "entertainment."
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Can you still feel the love? For parents 2 years into a pandemic, it's difficult — but possible

As Valentine's Day approaches, romance should be in the air — but it seems COVID-19 might be the only thing floating on the breeze right now.
Parental Guidance

Pandemic pregnancies bear added anxieties — but also promise more family time

Expecting a baby can be frightening and confusing and amazing, especially if it's your first — and being pregnant during a pandemic can heighten those feelings even more.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

What can we do to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates among younger children?

Throughout the pandemic, parents have dealt with the incredible stress of keeping their children safe from the coronavirus. But even though a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children aged 5-11, the number of shots being given to younger kids is still low.  
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

How last year's pandemic Christmas could make this one special — despite its own challenges

Amid the turmoil of another impending COVID Christmas, there's some hope that the hardships we've endured for almost two years has given us a newfound appreciation for what's important at this time of year.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Many affected by B.C.'s floods turned to charity for help. But thousands of kids still do this daily

Low-income families struggle with poverty and food insecurity at the best of times, says the executive director of advocacy group First Call, whose recent report card found there are 156,560 children and youth living in poor households in B.C.
Parental Guidance

Amid the climate crisis, how do we raise hopeful kids who will fight to save the planet?

After a summer of extreme heat and forest fires, it's no longer possible to pretend that we aren't in a dire situation when it comes to the environment. So how can we get our kids on board with saving the planet?
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

This Halloween, try taking back control of some pandemic fears and anxieties

While the thought of trick-or-treating might still be too much for many, Halloween could be an ideal time to face up to some of our fears.
Parental Guidance

Braving the new world of campus: How to navigate the exciting and scary transition to university

University is one big step into adulthood for many teens, and that can mean a lot of growing pains for parents and their children.  
Parental Guidance

A new school year should always be something to celebrate, whether we're in a pandemic or not

Take a moment amid everything else to embrace the possibilities and thrills that can come at the start of the school year. 
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Summer may not have marked the end of the pandemic, but it did give us some hard-earned respite

As case numbers have risen again and the province continues to burn, there's not just a hint of fall in the air, but also a feeling of unease that it's not over yet. At the same time, there's also gratitude for the freedoms we've experienced over the summer that might be taken away again. 
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Why parents and kids need to be more accepting of their post-pandemic bodies

We didn't "let ourselves go" during the pandemic, we just reacted to its stress and complications — and that is reflected in our bodies.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

For kids and parents, taking time to disengage is especially important this summer

After a year of online learning and strict safety measures in schools, kids and parents are looking forward to a much needed summer break. 
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Pandemic worries and parenting woes: There is always something to fret about

As vaccination rates rise and cases of COVID-19 continue to decline, it seems more likely we'll be on track for the slow return to a more relaxed life for the summer and beyond. But while this is the cause for safe celebrations, it's not without worry.
PARENTAL GUIDANCE

As summer approaches, how can parents prepare for another season of COVID-19?

Warmer weather can conjure up lazy days spent at the beach and backyard barbecues with friends. But as B.C. grapples with its third wave, are we in for a cruel summer?
Point of View

Are rules made to be broken? How parents can help kids understand why some people don't follow pandemic rules

As we continue to ask our children to follow provincial health orders, what about the adults who don’t? Is it time to impose a stern time-out on the people who don’t comply?
Opinion

Friendships play a huge role in child development. But what role is the pandemic playing in child friendships?

Friends can mean the world to kids, but those bonds have been tested over the past year.
Parental Guidance

Happy anniversary…? Marking the highs and lows in a year of pandemic parenting

It’s been one year of parenting through a pandemic. Through the good and the bad, families have made it through the lows and celebrated the highs.
Point of View

How to raise an ally: Kids need to learn about racism and what they can do to fight it

Race and racism can be a difficult subject to tackle as a parent, no matter what colour your skin or your child's may be. 

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