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A Call to Action

A Call to Action

“Leadership demands vision to see the path before us, the courage to take it and the strength to follow it.” – Dr. Jeff Turnbull, Past President, Canadian Medical Assn. Not just hope, not just words, but purposeful action. Action Stations Youth need to be provided...

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What are the Answers?

What are the Answers?

If “it takes a village to raise a child” then what does it mean to be a village? What is the role of connection technologies in our educational community and family settings? How do we help change the context of our children’s lives? One size does not fit all. Take...

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Homework We Should Set

Homework We Should Set

We should assign: One hour extra sleep 20 minutes outside cardio Small screens off after dinner Hang with friends f2f Join a team/group Read a book Write a letter/journal with a pen/pencil Tell a yarn and have an argument Contribute and make a difference Stuart Taylor...

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Teens and Sexting

Teens and Sexting

With sexting on the rise parents and educators are grappling with how best to protect teens: preach abstinence or teach them how to be safe? Most teenagers, at increasingly younger ages, are going to deal with some kind of sexting-related experience. In February 2018,...

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NMK – Not My Kid

NMK – Not My Kid

Parents can be in denial about the secret digital lives many teens are leading and the array of consequences that can result. Examples: Meeting strangers, some of them adults, on a variety of apps Taking risqué photos in disguised vault apps, then trading the photos...

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Eighth Grade Movie

Eighth Grade Movie

Written and directed by Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade shows Kayla navigating her last days of Grade 8. The director captures early-adolescent awkwardness, pain and insecurities with empathy and a comic touch. Kayla is a painfully introverted middle-schooler who gives perky...

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Helpful Wellness Modules

Helpful Wellness Modules

The Here to Help website contains very useful wellness modules. Here to Help is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Ups and downs are a normal part of life. We all feel a bit stressed out or struggle to cope with a problem from...

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The Trap of Paradigm Paralysis

The Trap of Paradigm Paralysis

Paradigm paralysis can be defined as the inability or refusal to move beyond current models of thinking. I learned recently from my network that a middle school principal had decided not to continue with the transition program. Why would this happen when student...

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We Matter

We Matter

We Matter I Matter. You Matter. We Matter. Hope. Culture. Strength. We Matter is an Indigenous-led and nationally registered non-profit organization that is committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope and life promotion. The key project is the We Matter Campaign –...

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Letting Go

Letting Go

If you blame other people for how you feel and think, you are out of control and your moods and feelings are dependent upon something or someone other than you. - www.drmartincollis.com The poet Francis described looking at some aspen trees as they surrendered their...

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The Truth About Teens and Alcohol

The Truth About Teens and Alcohol

In The truth about teens and alcohol: Parents, researchers and students weigh in on drinking, Erin Anderssen talks to parents, researchers and high-school students across Canada about alcohol consumption. Peer pressure is different than it used to be, she finds, and...

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Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey

Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey

In his book Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey author Calvin Sandborn learns that difficulties need not lead him only to anger, isolation and contempt but can be lessons in opening the heart and connecting with others. “Like most men I was ashamed of speaking...

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Less Mum and Dad

Less Mum and Dad

Maybe we’re not as good at parenting as we think. A new British study suggests that adults are lousy judges of their children’s health – a tiny fraction recognized clinical obesity in their youngsters, while fully 31 per cent underestimated their kids’ weight....

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Time to Talk About Depression

Time to Talk About Depression

The World Health Organization has identified depression as the leading cause of ill-health and disability world-wide. Latest figures from the organization estimated more than 300 million people were now living with depression – an 18% increase between 2005 and 2015....

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Parents, you are more powerful than you think

Parents, you are more powerful than you think

Parents, you are more powerful than you think. You can limit exposure to violent media, practice non-violent dispute resolution, communicate with your children and stay involved in their lives. Involving you in planning and implementation serves to reinforce the...

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