All four of my kids play and compete in sports. Me and my husband felt participating in a sport would be fun for the kids and help them learn new skills and build appreciation about the importance of contributing to a team. We hoped that by them being part of a team, my kids would learn about good sportsmanship - how to win and lose gracefully and how to support each other, no matter the outcome.
A growing number of families with young children are caring for an aging relative. Whether it’s temporary care following surgery or longer-term care due to a debilitating condition, more and more families find the best option for caring for aging parents is to invite them into the family home. How can families ease the transition and help their young children adapt to these changes in the household?
If you’ve been out of school for a while - be it a year or decades - returning to an academic environment can be daunting. The trend of adults returning to school is on the rise. One study reports that students over 25 make up nearly half of the student population on today’s university campuses.
When it comes to raising children who are compassionate, gracious, and open-minded human beings, many parents seek to teach their children values of empathy, respect, and inclusiveness. Perhaps never before in recent history have these values been thrust more into the limelight than over the past few months, as we have watched a divisive election unfold south of the border. Through this political process, children have been exposed to a range of perspectives and narratives relating to kindness, respect, and how we choose to treat those we perceive as different from us. A public dissection of these values has increased the importance of parents proactively finding everyday opportunities to talk about these notions with children so that they become an intrinsic part of how children are raised in the world, and how they learn to navigate their experiences and interactions.
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