Warning Signs for Young Children

Warning Signs for Young Children

By Rainn Every 9 minutes, government authorities respond to another report of child sexual abuse.1 Child sexual abuse can include sexual contact with a child, but it may also include other actions, like exposing oneself, sharing obscene images, or taking inappropriate photos or videos of a child. These crimes can have a serious impact on the life […]

End-of-Life Conversations can be Hard, but Your Loved Ones Will Thank You

End-of-Life Conversations can be Hard, but Your Loved Ones Will Thank You

By Deborah Carr, The Conversation Death – along with taxes – is one of life’s few certainties. Despite this inevitability, most people dread thinking and talking about when, how or under what conditions they might die. They don’t want to broach the topic with family, either, for fear of upsetting them. Ironically, though, talking about […]

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: How Parents are Influenced by Misinformation, and How They can Counter It

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: How Parents are Influenced by Misinformation, and How They can Counter It

By Jaime Sidani, Beth Hoffman & Maya Ragavan, The Conversation Since COVID-19 vaccines became available for children ages 5 to 11 in early November 2021, many families have been lining up to get their school-age kids vaccinated prior to holiday travel and gatherings. As of Dec. 14, 5.6 million U.S. children ages 5 to 11 […]

Family Meals are Good for the Grown-ups, too, not Just the Kids

Family Meals are Good for the Grown-ups, too, not Just the Kids

By Anne Fishel, The Conversation For all the parents feeling exhausted by the cooking, cleaning and planning of a million meals during the pandemic, there’s some good news. Commensality, or the sharing of food with others, is beneficial for your physical and mental health. Most parents already know that family mealtimes are great for the bodies, the brains and the mental health of children. More […]

Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests

Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests

By Krista M. Chronister, The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic and strategies to prevent its spread, such as self-quarantine and travel restrictions, have isolated families and intensified conditions that place people at greater risk for domestic violence. Reports of domestic violence are increasing around the world. Domestic violence is harm inflicted by a romantic partner in […]

Parenting in a pandemic: How to develop stronger family relationships during COVID-19

Parenting in a pandemic: How to develop stronger family relationships during COVID-19

By Tina Montreuil, The Conversation The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected us. It has increased our worries and concerns about physical health. COVID-19 has added to the existing challenges parents face, and has also created greater awareness surrounding the fragility of mental health. Yet, the second wave has also paved the way for a larger […]

Building Children’s Emotional Resilience Amid Uncertainty

Building Children’s Emotional Resilience Amid Uncertainty

For parents facing uncertain school schedules, new ways of working and concerns about the health and safety of their families, life in a pandemic is stressful enough. Add in the potential for children to feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with the unfamiliar and many families feel they are in no-win situations. Keeping children home […]

Gaming has benefits and perils – parents can help kids by playing with them

Gaming has benefits and perils – parents can help kids by playing with them

By Katie Headrick Taylor, The Conversation As the pandemic forced many Americans to hunker down at home, the video game industry saw record spending and profits in 2020. Interacting with other people through gaming became, for some players, essential for social connection. As an education researcher and professor of digital literacy, I study the education […]