All posts tagged "Parenting"

  • Don’t punish your children. Science says doing so comes at a big cost.

    Corporal punishment is a highly disputed topic among parents who have very strong opinions about whether it is right for a parent to smack a child or not as a form of discipline. In May 2016, a...

    • Posted November 11, 2017
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  • Adjusting to a new school year

    Adjust or bust. Or so it feels for millions of students (and teachers) who have either returned or are beginning classes for the first time, maybe even in a new school. Our home (and the people in...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • What I’d like my kids to know about budgeting, debt and wealth

    Budgeting means living within your means As an adult, you’ll have expenses and bills. They never end. There are different ways to set up a budget. First, you have to estimate what your monthly expenses are. Next,...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Five tips towards living happily ever after under the same roof

    After almost three decades of helping families negotiate ways of living happily ever after under the same roof, I’ve found myself offering the same five tips over and over again. I’d like to share them with you...

    • Posted July 27, 2017
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  • Beating boredom

    By this time of year, even parents are looking forward to a break from school –getting up early to make  lunches, driving to and from extra curricular activities and dealing with homework hassles. However, we also know...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • You’re not the boss of me!

    A five-year-old stands, arms folded across her chest, in the centre of the living room. It’s 8:30pm and she’s been told that it’s time to turn the television off and get ready for bed. “You’re not the...

    • Posted June 12, 2017
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  • When is toe walking bad?

    We all know babies toe walk in the early stages of their development. Toe walking is an attempt to move with the ball of the foot instead of  having the heel and bottom of the foot touch...

    • Posted May 16, 2017
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  • May is for Mothers

    It was only after my mom passed away almost three years ago that I realized that Mother’s Day was for me too. Up until then, my focus was on celebrating the day with her. Not that I...

    • Posted May 11, 2017
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  • Being good at saving money is because of genes not parenting, says study

    photo by magnolia Good financial habits has always been perceived as something instilled by parents in their kids. But a study on The Origins of Savings Behavior by behavioral finance researchers Henrik Cronqvist and Stephan Siegel says...

    • Posted April 23, 2017
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  • HOT SUMMER PROGRAMS!

    Tokyo isn’t short of fun programs for children if you know where to look.  Here are the best summer offerings from Tokyo’s top schools. Be sure to read each activity in order to make an informed decision....

    • Posted April 7, 2017
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  • Teaching kids about financial literacy

    A couple of months ago, I picked up a pretty cool item from the liquidation shelf at a store: a large lidded glass jar featuring a coin slot and digital display– a bank that counted your money...

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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  • Our 13-year old wants to have a Facebook account. Should we allow her to do so?

    Everyone these days is speaking the same online language and interacting with others through social media platforms like Facebook. You must be at least 13 years old to open a Facebook account. Meguro Counseling Clinic director Dr....

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Setting limits with data and beyond

    Ever feel like you spend half your time managing other family members’ behaviour, especially when it has to do with technology? Up until recently, every month, as the days drew closer to the end of our cell...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Caught between staying home (because it’s cold outside) and bored tots bouncing off the walls? Head off to this new indoor playground.

    Playground 4 Kids is a new indoor play area for young children located in Shinsencho, Shibuya . Last week, I visited the place with my 3 and 4-year old sons. We went on a weekday morning and...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Your Preschooler Learns These 6 Things Through Play

    Children learn by playing. Whether it be blocks, puzzles, or the creation of an imaginary world, fun and games teach. Child development experts have targeted six specific areas that benefit from play. They are: •  Language development...

    • Posted February 12, 2017
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  • Teaching your kid to fend off bullies is a must.

      Child bullying is a big problem in our schools today. The main difference between child bullying today from the past is the nature of the bullying and the violence that occurs in the aftermath. Cyberbullying is...

    • Posted January 27, 2017
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  • How to answer non-stop questions

    Are you ready, parents? Because here they come, the non-stop questions you’ve just been dying to answer: “Mommy, when will I have fluff on my butterfly?” “Dad, why does my penis stick out sometimes?” “I know you...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Japan Dads Worst Among Rich Countries

    A new study by Fatherhood Institute compared dads in 22 countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, and the UK. The...

    • Posted October 3, 2016
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  • Is your child an Olympic hopeful?

    “HOW IS A PARENT TO KNOW THAT HER CHLD’S GOAL IS REALISTIC? I can’t imagine that any parent would discourage their young child from following his dreams, no matter how lofty. However, as any parent of an...

    • Posted October 3, 2016
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  • Saying goodbye to Summer

    There’s typically a feeling of impending change in the air this time of year. For students, autumn means saying goodbye to the long awaited summer months often devoted to de stressing, catching up on sleep and socializing....

    • Posted October 1, 2016
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  • Use astrology to parent your child better

    Do you sometimes wonder why some kids get along well with others while some do not?  Chemistry has a lot to do with personality.  One way to better understand the nature of children is by astrology.  Astrology...

    • Posted June 23, 2016
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  • What happens when Japanese mom sends her 5-year old son Masaki and 2-year 10-month old Sayaka on their first errand alone?

    Some Japanese TV programs do well not only to entertain but also to educate viewers. Thanks to YouTubers who post these clips to inform foreigners what exactly goes on in Japan. One program called Hajimete no otsukai...

    • Posted March 4, 2016
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  • Meaningful and Mindful 2016

    The end of a year and beginning of the next is often a time for reflection. Time to consider both good and bad from the year that’s been and to plan for changes and good intentions for...

    • Posted January 10, 2016
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  • Japanese researcher cautions parents not to do this when their baby cries

    A baby is a joy to have. But excessive crying can oftentimes be the cause of parenting stress.  Takeo Fujiwara, Director of the National Child Research Institute Center (Medicine Research Department) warns parents to curb the negative...

    • Posted December 4, 2015
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  • Is Your Child A Pushover?

    A mom recently shared her concern with me about her child being a “pushover”. She said that even though she was just seven years old, that she was already seeing her daughter as more of a follower...

    • Posted November 21, 2015
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  • Confession of a Japanese mom: How to win a meal fight with just one word

    Dinner is the most challenging time of day for parents.  Feeding our kids often raise different kinds of issues from picky eaters to kids who play with their food.  When it comes to parenting style, all parents...

    • Posted November 12, 2015
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  • Why sleeping in a stroller or child seat for extended hours could be fatal

    An 11-week old American baby, Shepard Dodd, was put to sleep in a car seat at a day care center where he was left.  A couple of hours later, the daycare staff checked on him. He was...

    • Posted November 2, 2015
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  • Are you childless by choice or by chance?

    If you – or someone you know – are childless, by choice or by chance, you may want to check out www.thenotmom.com website which celebrates women living a child free lifestyle and provides information about a notmom...

    • Posted July 10, 2015
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  • Parents alert: Being extremely tired after swimming could be fatal.

    A day of swimming can wear out all the muscles in the body and thus make children very tired. But there’s a certain kind of after-swimming fatigue that kills known as “dry drowning.”  It happens after you’re...

    • Posted July 4, 2015
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  • Self Esteem

    Many of us were raised by parents who felt that children should be seen but not heard. They may have believed that if we were encouraged to stand in the spotlight, the attention would go to our...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
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  • Sex. It’s a topic I’ve become increasingly comfortable bantering about – especially since the writing and release of my latest book on the topic of why married couples don’t have sex. As a result, I have spent...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Prevent summer slump!

    Learning through the summer is absolutely essential. A couple of years back, our ten-year old son Jon, fell behind in Math for two consecutive grading periods. Both my wife and I had serious concerns because we both...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Parenting tricks: Q How Do You Teach Your Child to Develop Friendships When You Yourself Are No Good at It?

    Q   How Do You Teach Your Child to Develop Friendships When You Yourself Are No Good at It?  My 9-year-old daughter is having a difficult time in school. She says she has no friends and cries before...

    • Posted February 16, 2015
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  • Do I have your consent?

    Consent. It’s a word we’re hearing more often these days. It started gathering momentum shortly after we got wind of a Toronto radio host being accused of involving unwilling participants in sexual acts. Acts that were apparently...

    • Posted January 22, 2015
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  • New Year’s Eve

    Ours was a different kind of New Year’s Eve. For the first time in 23 years (Talia was only a few months old at the time), we ushered in the New Year without our children. Chloe wasn’t...

    • Posted December 31, 2014
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  • Preparing for your child’s surgery

    Planning ahead made a huge difference in her readiness for surgery and ours too. So, I thought I’d share some of what we did with you, in case you ever need to know how to prepare your...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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  • How to share shocking news

    Each month, Paul and Carol Mott of themotts.ca and hosts of a morning radio show invite me on as their resident Psychologist to dispense advice to their listeners. However, a couple of weeks ago, Carol wrote looking...

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • Are ‘no photo’ policies necessary to protect kids?

    I came across an article in a daily national newspaper about a day care that the writer, Leah McLaren, had recently visited and their ‘no photo’ policy. This means that neither staff nor parents are allowed to...

    • Posted October 9, 2014
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  • Gender Neutral Parenting

    Have you heard of GNP? No, not Gross National Product but Gender Neutral Parenting. For most, the decision to adopt a gender neutral approach to parenting comes out the belief that we treat and have a different...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • Does Your Summer Spell Break?

    Now that all students have finished school, summer break can officially begin… For some, this signals the beginning of overnight camp with barely enough time to catch one’s breath between school ending and boarding the camp bound...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Preparing kids for birthday parties

    What do wedding celebrations and kids’ parties have in common? Both need preparation. The difference is that with kids parties, having a tyke on your hosting team may sometimes disappoint. Check out the experts’ advice. Should you...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • Is this the real me or is it fantasy? Come to my party, let’s escape from reality.

    Make believe play is fun for children. Little girls like to play characters they see as their role model. Little girls oftentimes like to be a princess and boys like to be super heroes. When kids get...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • Fathers and daughters

    rowing up in the 60’s in South Africa, it was common for parents to preach that “children should be seen but not heard.” Fathers, on the other hand, were heard but seldom seen by their children. This...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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  • Awkward moments… and how to handle them

    emember the time you loaned a neighbour your ladder but had to bug him to return it? Or the time you were out at a restaurant with friends who ordered two bottles of wine and then just...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • Is it ok to pull your child out of school to travel?

    don’t believe I am alone in saying that one of the things I like least about travel are airports – especially during peak periods when students and their families flock South to escape the cold of Winter....

    • Posted March 10, 2014
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  • The Valentine Prescription

    ith Valentine’s and Family Day just around the corner, you may not only be thinking of ways to say “I love you” to your partner, but to other members of your immediate family too.Saying “I love you”...

    • Posted February 12, 2014
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  • Letting Go

    I finally did it! Their furry faces with big black eyes have been sitting in the corner of my basement for many years. Every time I looked at them I experienced a combination of feeling sentimental and...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Do as I do – Raising Kids with a character

    10 KEY TRAITS 1. Perseverance “Mom, can I have a cookie?” “Yes. After supper,” you reply. “Pleeeeeez”, your child begs, “I’m so hungry. I promise I’ll eat everything on my plate.” Frustrating, but a sign that your...

    • Posted December 15, 2013
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  • Driven to Distraction: Cell phones in the high school classroom

    Eight years ago we purchased a cell phone for our now 22-year old daughter when she began grade nine. Our rationale was that being more independent at that time, a cell phone for communication (with us in...

    • Posted November 11, 2013
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  • Hauntingly helpful hints for Halloween

    It’s that time of year again – to plan ahead for Halloween. For some, this is greeted with excitement and for others, with dread. There are questions to be answered such as: Do we decorate the outside...

    • Posted October 1, 2013
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