Research shows that night waking in infancy is associated with behavioural control challenges at three and four years of age.
Poor sleep in infants and children has been linked to an array of problems, from aggression to poor school performance to diabetes, obesity and suicide. Our expert reviews the science.
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Parental well-being is being adversely affected by baby advice which isn't backed by evidence.
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018.
Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
Hang on mum, I’m just catching up on The Conversation.
Technology enables many ways of interacting. We need to be more specific and scientific.
Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help.
School can always be stressful, but starting high school for the first time comes with its own fears and anxieties. Here's some simple advice for parents to help their freshmen navigate the new year.
Does your child benefit from a time-out or other method of discipline?
Parents need to use different approaches to shape behaviour depending on the child's personality type.
Sex education in progressive countries like The Netherlands and Switzerland emphasizes intimacy, adventure and connection. Lower rates of teen pregnancy and sexual dysfunction ensue.
When children test their own boundaries in thrilling play, they develop self-confidence, resilience and risk management skills
Did you know there has never been a safer time to be a child in Canada? Research shows that kids need freedom outdoors to explore exhilaration and fear, and discover their own limits.
‘Talk to me about your mother.’
Psychological defence mechanisms such as blaming parents can be more dangerous for mental health than a traumatic past experience itself.
Popular claims about media harm don’t always stack up against the evidence.
The rise in student-on-student sexual assaults at school has been linked to the sexualisation of kids, and their easy access to online pornography.
More parents are choosing to delay their child starting school, especially boys.
When to start their child at school is often a stressful decision for parents, and there is a need for more support for them in making that choice.
Parents play an important role in when their teenage children start drinking and their drinking patterns as they grow.
Teenagers pick up cues about drinking from you and your family. Here's how you can help them develop a healthier relationship with alcohol.
Do you have to choose between independence and attachment?
With the pressure on parents rising, we could all learn something from the concept of 'good enough parenting' proposed half a century ago.
Social connections at camp can help build your child’s social network.
With summer in full swing and kids flocking to camps across Canada, how do you assess whether your child's having a good experience? Some suggestions on how to evaluate what will work for your child.
Parents need to adopt new roles to encourage learning when their kids transition to primary school.
The transition from early learning parent involvement to primary school level often leads to less face time with school and teachers and more home-based support for children.
How can dads and daughters reconnect after a divorce?
Daughters across the US feel like their relationship with their father was damaged by their parents' divorce. Here are steps daughters can take to repair that relationship.
When played in moderation, electronic games can be beneficial for children’s learning and development.
Low-to-moderate use of electronic games may have a positive effect on children's later academic achievement, but overuse can be detrimental.
How much is too much screen time for kids?
For decades, parents have fretted over 'screen time,' limiting the hours their children spend looking at a screen. But as times change, so does media... and how parents should (or shouldn't) regulate it.
Culturally biased psychology research and the advice based on it ends up in textbooks. But it’s not appropriate for everyone.
Most psychology research that forms the basis of parenting advice might not apply to you. So, how do you know whether to trust it?