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How to Talk to Your Child about Drugs

These kinds of conversations are never easy.Likely, neither you nor your child wants to talk about drugs, so it can be hard to know when and how to bring it up. However uncomfortable, it is important you think about the conversation and how you want it to progress before your child is faced with a tough situation. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

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Staying Physically Active in the Winter Months

We can’t deny that we live in a beautiful city where its splendor shines through the frost and deep banks of snow over our long winter. While Mother Nature gifts us with a chinook once in a while, it’s not unusual to see the thermostat plummet to arctic conditions. With our fluctuating temperatures, keeping active can become a challenge but the season can provide families with an opportunity to explore a variety of activities.  

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Talking to Kids about Tragedy

Modern families can’t avoid bad news. Both parents and kids are bombarded with powerful pictures of extreme weather and social violence, and these events can cause overwhelming anxieties. Still, parents need to be ready to talk with kids about scary situations in a sensitive, helpful way. Here’s expert advice on how to do it.

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Reaching Out - How to Choose a Counsellor

As a parent, you are the one tasked with helping your child be the best they can be. You are the one who knows your child best, and so you need to make the decision of whether or not your child needs support from a counsellor. Unfortunately, our children are faced with stress on a daily basis within their two main environments: family and school. Family stress often involves transitions such as moves, divorce, illness and death. School stress can come from academics (issues such as test anxiety, expectations and homework) or social aspects (relationships, bullying and peer pressure). Each child reacts differently even when they have experienced the exact same situation. As the parent, you must make decisions around your child’s mental health based on that individual child and not their siblings, cousins or friends. If you are concerned, trust your instincts!

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