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The COnversation Canada Articles

Read op-ed pieces by DCDL members in The Conversation Canada.

October 26, 2020

Whether you decide to allow your child to trick-or-treat or not, it’s important to plan out how you will talk to them about this decision. Drawing on our expertise in child development and infectious disease, we’re here to help make an informed decision about Halloween this year and provide some tips for communicating your decision to your child effectively. Check out the tips here. 

How to help your child cope with returning to school during COVID-19

August 17, 2020

Every fall, parents are tasked with managing back-to-school transitions. But with COVID-19, the start of this school year feels very different. Our research shows that due to COVID-19, parents and children are experiencing greater levels of anxiety and stress. While levels of anxiety and stress may be high, parents play an influential role in helping children cope, encouraging a positive back-to-school transition and helping to reduce children’s anxiety and worries. Here are some helpful tips

September 19, 2019

Learning to read is one of the most important developmental achievements of childhood, and it sets the stage for later school and life success. 

Parents can play a key role in supporting the development of children’s early language skills and fostering a love of reading. 

Read more about how parents can help kids learn and love to read. 

December 13, 2018

Research has shown that a parent's level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours. With Christmas fast approaching, it is the perfect time to learn about ways to foster generosity and gratitude in children. Read advice from Dr. Sheri Madigan in this article.

June 13, 2018

Sexting is emerging as a modern component of youth sexual development. Read about why sexting should be incorporated into the current sexual education curriculum from Dr. Madigan, Dr. Temple, and graduate student, Camille Mori.

June 13, 2018

How do we keep children safe from online sexual encounters when technology is used so often today? Read advice from Dr. Madigan, Dr. Dimitropoulos, and lab member, Nina Anderson. 

June 13, 2018

One in five youth are exposed to unwanted sexual content online. Read more from Dr. Madigan and Dr. Dimitropoulos. 

How can we overcome toxic childhood trauma?

April 04, 2018

Read how compassion can triumph over experiences of childhood trauma in this recent article from Dr. Madigan, Dr. Racine, and Dr. Tough. 

Are teens engaging in sexting behvaiours?

February 26, 2018

Read about recent research from Dr. Madigan and Dr. Temple on common sexting behaviours teens are engaging in and how parents can proactively discuss health and safety behaviours with their teens. 

Can siblings make you more empathic?

February 20, 2018

Read about research from Dr. Madigan, Dr. Jambon, and Dr. Jenkins that shows how having a sibling can make you more empathic toward others. 

How can we promote empathy in children?

February 20, 2018

Dr. Madigan, Dr. Jambon, and Dr. Jenkins provide three tips for how to promote empathy in children. 

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