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Keeping an eye on what children are watching or playing is crucial to ensure that they’re being exposed to age-appropriate content. justocker via GettyImages

Children and screens – making it through the holidays

Every small change to promote healthy levels of screen time is a step in the right direction for the health, wellbeing and development of children.
Kids tobogganing at Carlington Park in Ottawa during the Family Day long weekend 2021. The pandemic has presented significant new opportunities to move society in a direction that increases outdoor active play for children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick 

Outdoor play in Canada should continue beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic ushered in a renaissance of outdoor living. We need to advance the momentum for outdoor play to support the health and development of children
Babies and young children have different sleep patterns. Not every one sleeps through the night at the same age, but social pressure is strong on parents to make sure that their children get enough sleep. (Shutterstock)

Why your baby isn’t sleeping through the night yet … and how to teach them

The sleep of young children varies a great deal. The myth of sleeping through the night at a specific age creates unrealistic expectations that can harm parents’ confidence.
When children first begin to understand that a speaker doesn’t mean what they say at face value, they may think the speaker is lying. (Shutterstock)

Why it’s difficult for children to understand sarcasm

Understanding sarcasm is related to the ability to recognize the thoughts and emotions of others, to empathize and to consider two things being simultaneously true.
Even young children are very aware of whether they’re getting their fair share. Jupiterimages/PHOTOS.com via Getty Images Plus

Selfish or selfless? Human nature means you’re both

Cognitive neuroscientists use brain imaging and behavioral economic games to investigate people’s sense of fairness. They find it’s common to take care of yourself before looking out for others.

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