31 Ways To Make Play More Effective Than HomeworkWhen I entered a doctoral program in education policy, I learned about the research that suggests that homework is not good for young kids. Not only does it fail to improve the academic performance of elementary students, but it might actually be damaging to kids’ attitudes toward school, and to their physical health.
When you were a teenager, you might have kept a diary hidden beneath your mattress. It became your confidant and a place to confess your struggles and fears without judgment or punishment. It probably felt good to get all of those thoughts and emotions out of your head and down on paper. The world seemed clearer. Although you may have ditched the diary once you reached adulthood, the concept and its benefits still apply. Now it’s called journaling. It's simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. And if you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.
The question: I’m recently pregnant and wondering who to see for my prenatal care: a midwife, family doctor or obstetrician? Any suggestions and is one option better than the other? The answer: Pregnancy and birth are life-changing experiences that involve many physical and emotional changes, so it’s important to feel comfortable and confident in the care and guidance you receive from your health-care provider.
When you have babies, the blissful moments of your life are filled with sleepy snuggles, fluffy heads and gummy smiles. It’s not all straightforward, of course. But just when you’re finally starting to get the hang of parenting a baby, boom, you wake up one day and they’ve turned into a toddler. Parenting a toddler is full of highs and lows, laughter and tears.
A new Université de Montréal study in the British Medical Journal reveals that antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women could increase the chance of having a baby with birth defects. The risk – 6 to 10 %, versus 3 to 5 % in women who do not take the drugs – is high enough to merit caution in their use, especially since, in most cases, they are only marginally effective, the study says.
Have you felt hurt or betrayed? Have you ever been so bitter and upset towards a situation or person that you could not imagine forgiving them? You may have even replayed the event(s) over and over in your head. With each repetition, your feelings intensify and you feel worse about yourself and it. There is evidence to prove that harboring these emotions can negatively impact your health. Thus the subject of forgiveness surfaces to the top of this blog!
When my Dad was growing up he had one jumper each winter. One. Total. He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his jumper. If the elbows got holes in them my Grandma patched them back together. If he lost his jumper he’d recount his steps to find it again. He guarded it like the precious gift it was.
Since 2005, over 1.5 million babies have been born in Canada. Ontario takes the cake with between 130,000 and 145,000 births each year (which is at least 50,000 more babies than the runner-up, Quebec). There are rumours regarding the most popular birth month (some say nine months post-Valentine's Day, while others swear it's nine months after New Year's Eve), so we sat down
One in three mothers has had a traumatic birth experience, yet the province lacks a centralized system to track complaints of mistreatment Many women who suffer traumatic births don't file complaints, making it tough to tell how prevalent patient mistreatment is. (Richard Buchan/CP) At nine months pregnant with her third child, Lily Schumacher found herself comforting her own midwife, who was in tears. The midwife had told her that if they didn't induce labour, Schumacher would be putting the baby’s life at risk. Schumacher was two weeks past her due date but wanted to wait another couple of days, to give herself every chance of going into labour without medical intervention. Her obstetrician agreed that it was safe for her to wait, but her midwife insisted otherwise. “I wish I had never gone to the hospital. I really wish I had not gone to the hospital,” says Schumacher, who lives in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. “Even if I had, I wish that I had walked out because I could have done that, but I was led by fear. I was pushed by fear, and I was doing a lot to please everybody else.”
Taxes and Tax DeductionsCanada is a high tax jurisdiction. We expect necessary services in the area of education, healthcare, infrastructure and protection. These expectations have a cost. Each year the Fraser Institute in Canada proclaims “Tax Freedom Day.”Tax Freedom Day is defined as “an easy to understand estimate of the total tax burden paid by Canadian families to the provincial, local, and federal governments. In 2012, the average Canadian family must earn just under $95,000 and pay a total of approximately $42,000 in taxes, for a total tax bill of just under 45% of income.” Most Canadians are aware of major tax bills such as income tax and provincial sales tax and local municipal taxes. However, there are also a myriad of hidden taxes, such as those multiple taxes on gasoline and taxes on alcohol. The taxes don’t even account for the multitude of fees that are now charged for necessary services by all levels of government. These include car registration fees, increases in passport fees and the like.
Health promotion is a popular phrase. What does it mean, really? How do nurses promote health? I’m going to address the concept of health promotion from my perspective as a Registered Nurse in Ontario. Nurses play a huge role in illness prevention and health promotion. We, as nurses assume the role of ambassadors of wellness. Yes, I do believe that nurses play just as an important role in caring for the well as they do in caring for the sick. Perhaps caring for the well is the more important role. In this day and age of budget cuts, cost reduction and staffing shortages, health promotion makes sense. If we can preserve wellness, we reduce the number of times a person needs to enter the health-care system, thus reducing costs. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health promotion as a process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health (WHO, 1986). To facilitate that process, we must provide people with appropriate
The Canadian government, including law enforcement has devised a detailed and in depth way to help you to protect your family when hiring a care provider. The Vulnerable Sector Screening was established to provide screening of individuals who intend on working or volunteering with the vulnerable sector. A Vulnerable Person is defined as: All children who are less than 18 years of age, AND/OR persons who, because of their age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent: (a) are in a position of dependence on others; or (b) are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them.
Most people are aware they can claim some medical expenses on their tax return, but many don't keep a running tally because they simply forget or don't think it will add up to worthwhile savings. That's a potentially costly mistake, say tax experts as many medical tax deductions often overlooked. "I put it down as being one of the most well-known and least-utilized [tax credits]," says Alan Rowell, tax specialist and president of Hamilton, Ont.-based Accounting Place. The tax credit applies to any number of medical expenses — including prescription drugs, eyeglasses, health-related private nurses and personal support workers, dental work and even buying gluten-free bread or medical marijuana.