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Ten Neat and Nifty Things About Your Child’s Developing Brain

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1/Kids form hierarchies, even in kindergarten. Within the first few months of school, kids group themselves according to the same socio-economic strata as their parents. 2/Researchers found that children in professional families heard 11 million words in a year, compared to 6 million in working class families, and 3 million in families on welfare. By

Two Interventions We Don’t Want You to Miss

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There are two programs that we filmed but just couldn’t squeeze into the documentary – worthy interventions with strong evidence-based results. But we still want to share them with you!  They are the Nurse Family Partnership and Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies. The Nurse Family Partnership pairs mothers  (often young, single and poor) with community-based nurses from pregnancy

Can Playing a Game Reduce Suicidal Thoughts?

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The evidence continues to mount that Canada’s kids face a growing threat to their mental health, as you can see in this CBC report. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadian-hospitals-stretched-as-self-harming-teens-seek-help-1.2574316 Mental health services are strained as a growing number of teens show up at emergency rooms across Canada with self-inflicted injuries and suicidal thoughts, say pediatric psychiatrists. “We’re seeing twice

A Stressful Inheritance

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Can stress be inherited?  We know that babies in utero can experience the stresses of their mothers – but a growing body of research suggests they can inherit their grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s stress too. Which may in part explain why so many First Nations children struggle. We do explore this idea briefly in Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents but

Did Childhood Abuse Turn Marc Lépine into a Killer?

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Why begin Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents with the words of Monique Lépine, the mother of Marc Lépine, the perpetrator of the Montreal Massacre? This was a difficult decision, and it was the core struggle confronted in editing the documentary. My editor Jeanne Slater showed tremendous patience as we cut and re-cut the film,

Pop Ritalin or Teach Self-Control?

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I want to share Dr. Mark Greenberg’s thoughts on the growth of diagnoses of ADHD in North America. As the early childhood education movement gains momentum, there’s fear children will be diagnosed with the disorder ever earlier. (NYT Opinion piece: “Expand Pre-K, Not A.D.H.D.”) But Dr. Greenberg thinks the answer is not prescribing more medication,

Just How Early can Early Learning Begin?

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I promise you this blog post is not simply an excuse to show the world pictures of my adorable grandson. His picture here is actually on point. Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents is about the urgency of investing in early childhood. And the more we filmed, it became ever more clear to me just

Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

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I’ve spent much of the last year filming parents as they learn new skills to cope with their children’s misbehaviour or behaviour disorders. We filmed in several Triple P Positive Parenting classes throughout the lower mainland of BC. The whole idea of Triple P is to get out in front of problem behaviours and to

We Paid for All Our Meals

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Al Carbone is an old-school restaurateur in the midst of a rapidly-changing world increasingly dominated by cookie-cutter chain outfits. The Kit Kat, on Toronto’s King Street, couldn’t be more different. Most days Al can be seen greeting each and every customer on their way in – seating the women, hanging up jackets and subtly pushing

Lionel is Charmed

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Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat is not only a smart cookie, she’s a tough cookie. The first day we filmed with her for The Condo Game, a biting wind and cold winter rain were driving down Yonge Street. Given that she was on camera, she likely wasn’t as bundled up as she ordinarily would be,