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Children may be struggling with feelings of abandonment and a loss of security in their lives. (Shutterstock)

Children’s grief in coronavirus quarantine may look like anger. Here’s how parents can respond

Grief encompasses our emotional responses to change and loss, and children's grief might be expressed in what psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross described as the five common stages of grief.
Imagination and play encourage children to think through hypothetical situations and create new worlds — and even to develop new possibilities for our shared world. (Shutterstock)

Why it’s OK for kids to believe in Santa

For many children, the anticipation of Santa's imminent journey down the chimney to deliver gifts is nothing but magical.
‘Frozen II’ sees Elsa move towards being herself without fear of harming others. Here, Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, sprinkling snowflakes on Bruni, a salamander. (Disney via AP)

‘Frozen II’ helps children weather risk — and accept change

Frozen II teaches children that venturing into the enchanted forest — stepping outside of comfort zones while looking to trusted guides or companions — can be a place of positive transformation.
Roaming with a group of kids unsupervised in the ‘80s was awesome and your kids deserve that when you assess they can handle the risks. Here, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things,’ Season 2. (Netflix)

When can kids trick-or-treat without adults?

The right age for an unsupervised Halloween is highly debatable, but it's something parents should carefully consider. Some reasonable risk is important for development.
It’s important to help children understand that death is part of life. Here, the father, Mufasa, voiced by James Earl Jones, and his son, Simba, voiced by JD McCrary, in a scene from ‘The Lion King.’ (Disney via AP)

What ‘The Lion King’ teaches us about children’s grief

'The Lion King' illustrates how a child moves through five stages of grief with the support of loving friends, family and community.
Paternity leave can increase fathers’ involvement in families, with positive impacts on children, fathers and the co-parent. (Shutterstock)

Father’s Day: Involved dads are healthier and happier

Our children can't continue to grow up in a world where only women raise them, either at home or in early care and learning.
Children understand and process more as they age, but they still require adult supervision and interaction with their use of technology. (Shutterstock)

‘Momo challenge hoax’ prompts parents to help children deal with scary media

Parents' social media sharing about the potentially harmful impact of media on children reflects underlying questions about how to best protect and nurture impressionable minds.
Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in ‘Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’ Sony Pictures Animation

What ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ can teach us about resilience

Even superheroes can't do it alone -- relationships are the most important factor in protecting us from negative outcomes and teaching us adversity doesn't have to be harmful.
A Toronto policeman is being praised for the way he apprehended a suspect who was accused of killing 10 people by driving a van onto a busy sidewalk.

Why didn’t he shoot? The Toronto cop who did everything right

The Toronto cop who apprehended the van attack suspect is being lauded internationally for refraining from using deadly force as he apprehended him. Here's how everything went right for the constable.
The development of an inclusive environment both at school and at home can help children understand and accept differences and reduce bullying. (Shutterstock)

The real way to prevent bullying: Create inclusive homes and classrooms

As Pink Shirt Day approaches, early childhood educators offer practical strategies for parents and teachers to create an inclusive environment and reduce bullying.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Prince Harry watch wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 29. Obama spoke earlier in Toronto about the importance of global citizenship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan

Why the world needs more global citizens

The world needs to cultivate a global citizenship sensibility, particularly in the education of our university and college students, to ensure the harmonious survival of planet Earth.
Indigenous research participants described a connection to the land as fundamental to their physical, social, psychological and spiritual health.

Back to the land: How one Indigenous community is beating the odds

One First Nations community stands out in northern Ontario, for its low rates of suicide and other mental health challenges. The residents say it's all about their connection to the land.

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