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Children’s TV shows are typically designed to improve their viewers’ cognitive, social and moral development. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Saldukas/Released via Flickr

Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV

Many children’s educational shows undergo pre-screening to make sure each episode delivers its intended message. Adult viewers watching alongside kids can help ensure the lessons are well received.
The birth of children results in large earnings losses that are not equally distributed within heterosexual couples. (Shutterstock)

The motherhood pay gap: Why women’s earnings decline after having children

New research shows that women’s earnings are negatively impacted by having children, while men’s aren’t. The effects can be long-lasting and contribute to the gender pay gap.
Karina Gould pauses to talk to reporters as she carries her three-month-old baby, Oliver Gerones, following a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in May 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

3 lessons from MP Karina Gould’s parental leave that could help all Canadian families

Karina Gould’s parental leave is similar to that of many Canadians. Yet there are key differences, and they offer lessons on how parental leave could be redesigned to help more Canadian parents.
Kids can gain developmental or social benefits from extracurricular activities, but time for free play, relaxing and family bonding also matter for individual and family wellness. Girls playing street hockey in Victoria, B.C., in May 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Active or overscheduled kids? How parents can consider benefits and risks of extracurricular activities

Researchers with expertise in parent-child relationships and child development offer 5 tips about how parents or caregivers can find a balance between children’s structured and unstructured time.
Parents with ADHD may have challenges, but also strengths, particularly when their child also has ADHD. In these families, parents may have more empathy and tolerance for their child’s difficulties and may be able to play more effectively with their child. (Shutterstock)

Parenting with ADHD: 7 practical tips for success

Parenting with ADHD presents unique challenges but also strengths. By using strategies for managing ADHD, and seeking resources when needed, parents can create a positive and fulfilling family life.
Too few Canadian fathers take parental leave. That’s because parental leave is framed as an employment policy rather than as care/work policy that promotes greater sharing of both paid and unpaid care work between parents. (Shutterstock)

Improved employment policies can encourage fathers to be more involved at home

If more Canadian fathers are to harness the benefits of parental leave and remote work, we need to design employment and care policies in ways that recognize every family’s unique needs.
People protesting against inclusive sexual orientation and gender-identity policies in schools are seen next to protestors supporting such policies in Saskatoon, Sask. on Sept. 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

When ‘rights’ divide: Trans kids need supportive families

In the wake of transphobic protests, the ‘rights’ of parents are being falsely positioned in opposition to the rights of transgender and non-binary children rather than focusing on supporting families.
Sexual extortion occurs when an individual is coerced, deceived or pressured into having their sexual or nude photos or videos released online unless they provide money or additional sexual images. (Shutterstock)

Protecting kids online: A guide for parents on conversations about ‘sextortion’

The tragic case of a 12-year-old boy who experienced sextortion highlights the importance of practical advice for parents on having conversations about sex, sextortion and healthy device habits.
The reason for our holiday generosity is obvious to us as adults. For children, it can sometimes be less clear why, when and how they should show kindness to others. (Shutterstock)

3 ways to encourage kids to be more charitable and kind this holiday season

As we approach the season of giving, a child psychology researcher offers suggestions on how parents can teach their kids to be generous and kind.
Scientific evidence allows parents to choose the sleeping arrangement that’s right for them and their family. (Shutterstock)

Is sleeping with your baby a good idea? Here’s what the science says

Questions about co-sleeping are often drowned out in a whirlwind of information and opinions. But science can provide some answers.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, and then-Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin participate in a debate on Sept. 28, 2021. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Back in the 1960s, the push for parental rights over school standards was not led by white conservatives but by Black and Latino parents

With control over the Virginia Legislature at stake in the Nov. 7 election, the historic battle over what is taught in public schools remains a priority for both Democrats and Republicans.
Family vlogs can be a double-edged sword that provide families with income, but also lead to exploitation. (Shutterstock)

Family vlogs can entertain, empower and exploit

Vlogging has emerged as a new source of intimate entertainment, and for creators, potential income. However, they also raise serious questions about exploitation and the privacy rights of children.

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