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I've Been Enabling My Kids And I Need To Stop

It's time to maybe turn the rotors on the parenting helicopter down a notch or two.<p>It's so hard to see your child fail at something when you know …

The case for starting sex education in kindergarten

“Who here has been in love?” Anniek Pheifer asks a crowd of Dutch elementary school students.<p>It’s a Spring morning in Utrecht, and the St. Jan de …

World Health Organization

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

The best way to talk to your child about puberty

A 'teenologist' has the answers<p>The infamous teen years are generally accepted as a tumultuous time for parents and teenagers alike, with puberty …

Parenting

Decoding the mysteries of a child's developing brain

It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters' height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown, but what’s going on just below the pencil line in that child’s brain?<p>We know brain development continues from infancy to adulthood, but many parents underestimate how much a child’s …

The Brain

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><b>Leigh Robinson was</b> out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 …

Our addiction to consumption might just be what saves the planet from destruction

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet today, but despite global progress in acknowledging the magnitude of the problem, it continues to elicit a lukewarm sense of urgency in the United States. Under the Trump administration and an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led …

Millennial Moms Are Raising Smarter, Happier Kids

I know millennials are often vilified by older generations. Folks out there think we're lazy, arrogant, self-absorbed, whiny, entitled, and generally …

Narcissism

Professor Smith Goes to Washington

In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.<p>For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly cast doubt upon the …

Computer Science

Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't) | Inc.com

This is a story about successful kids (especially boys), common sense, and research.<p>Most of us spend hours each day sitting at work. Science says it's killing us, and we have developed all kinds of fads to combat it--from standing desks to smartphone alerts to get us up and moving.<p>Armed with that …

Standardized Testing

Worried About Screen Time? Don't Let Kids Go It Alone

There are more than 80,000 educational apps in Apple's app store. It seems like a great way to encourage brain development and make your little one the smartest baby genius. But just sticking a tablet in your kid's hands might not be as helpful.<p>Sure, use the app. But it's not a babysitter — you've …

Demonstration

How to prepare your kids for jobs that don't exist yet

The founder of littleBits on turning kids into creators<p>When I was growing up, as far as I knew, there wasn’t data mining or user-experience design or front-end engineering—and now they’re some of the most coveted careers in the world. Today, we can’t just prepare students for certain types of …

Maker Faire

IMF’s imagined $34-billion: Silly stats are behind claims that Canada subsidizes oil industry

<i>The energy industry receives a small fraction of the $34-billion in subsidies it supposedly receives, and even that is vanishing</i><p>In a recent opinion …

IMF Pegs Canada's Fossil Fuel Subsidies at $34 Billion

While Canada slashes budgets for research, education and public broadcasting, there is one part of our economy that enjoys remarkable support from …

We can't build pipelines and meet our climate goals

Jason MacLean takes on those who argue a carbon tax will be enough to reduce Canada’s emissions, and lays out a path to meet the Paris climate deal …

Our boys need to be rescued, and it’ll take a new kind of role model

Why do we encourage them to believe school’s not cool? With far fewer jobs in industry, poor kids will fall further behind if they think education doesn’t matter<p>Boys are bad, aren’t they? Cheeky little monsters, by all accounts; rule-breakers, mischief-makers and lovable rogues who drive their …

Education

Is blending playtime and screen time good for our kids?

Pokémon Go was the viral sensation of the summer, engaging kids and adults alike in the pursuit of rare digital creatures across neighbourhoods and …

Kids

Twelve ways to get healthier right now

Illustrations by Joren Cull for The Globe and Mail<p>Get out the calendar<p>Forget New Year’s resolutions. Let’s start a new tradition: monthly goals. Old habits die hard. So why not break your big objective into smaller, more manageable pieces? Aim to change one little thing each month. You could start …

OneHalf

Candle & Soap Making

Learn how to make soaps and candles. Additionally, learn about essential oils and soap making safety and discover natural homemade soap recipes, …

How to Raise an Entrepreneur: 18 Bite-Size Lessons to Teach Your Kids [Infographic]

Want to nurture your child's entrepreneurial spirit to 'make a dent in the universe'? Here's how.<p>For any parent, knowing what to teach your children--in the limited time you've got--is hard.<p>As an entrepreneur, that difficulty only intensifies. All around us are studies that reveal more and more …

Success

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Being a parent is an experience as old as the human race. Being a parent in a plugged-in world of intensifying work-life pressures, increasing economic and political uncertainty, and endless "mommy wars"? That's a whole different story.<p>While many of the the essential principles of raising a …

Parenting
Road Safety

What is the point of raising a child?

The standard ways of thinking about morality don’t apply well to parenthood<p>Why is taking care of children worthwhile? It’s hard work, badly paid if paid at all, and full of uncertainty, guilt and heavy lifting. And yet, at least to most of us, it seems like an absolutely fundamental, profoundly …

Parenting

Are We The Earliest Intelligent Life In The Universe?

The study of the formation and logic of the universe — cosmology — and the study of exoplanets and their conduciveness to life do not seem to intersect much.<p>Scientists in one field focus on the deep physics of the cosmos, while the others search for the billions upon billions of planets out there — …

Universe

6 Marriage Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Kids Later On

When you’re in a healthy, happy marriage, you provide your kids with a strong template for romantic relationships later on in their lives.<p>But when you allow marriage issues to fester or worsen, you’re essentially showing your kids that it’s OK to disregard problems and settle for less than they …

Parenting

Why empathetic parenting encourages emotional development

Hundreds of new parenting books hit the shelves each year promising new tips and tricks, but who has time to read them all? One psychologist and parent has created a compilation book of best parenting practices that she not only heard about, but that she learned in her training.<p>“When I became a …

Parenting

7 Morning Routines That Will Spark Your Productivity

Follow these simple steps and watch your productivity and wellbeing skyrocket.<p>The problem with morning routines is that most people don't have one.<p>For many individuals, waking up in the morning is a chaotic experience, full of terrible alarm clock noises, scrolling through email, and sprinting out …

Time Management

How to Refresh Your Brain In a Matter of Seconds When You're Stressed

Experiencing a massive brain shutdown? Try these 3 ways to restore your higher-level thinking.<p>Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once.<p>For example, let's say you're in a meeting with someone. You could be processing:<p>what happened in your last meeting with her;<br>• the concerns that …

The Brain

The Transcendent Moment Martha Beck Had After 20 Years of Meditation

I clearly—though unwillingly—recall my first-ever meditation. I was 23, headed for Japan, and I'd purchased a slim volume on Zen Buddhism. Back then …