We all want to give our children every advantage in order to make their lives healthy and successful. We enroll them in the best schools and programs to give them the best start we can. Yet, as a family doctor, I often face parents who either refuse or delay vaccinating their children, claiming they are acting in the best interests of the children.
As a father, it breaks my heart to see children who are adversely affected by crime and misfortune. While no child should be touched by such tragedies, the reality is that some are. That’s why I am proud of the effort our community is making to support and comfort these children.
What do your kids do when they come home from school? If they are like the majority of Canadian children today, they grab a sugary, fat-laden snack, then plop themselves down in front of the TV for most of the evening. As a result, we have a growing problem on our hands: Canadian children are getting fat!
Parents often come to AADAC looking for advice about how to protect their children from developing a problem with alcohol or other drugs. The first thing we recommend is that they demonstrate responsible use of any drug, including alcohol, since children learn by watching the behavior of others, especially their parents.
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