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Mothers play an outsized role in the formation of their daughters’ dietary habits. andresr/E+ via Getty Images

Mothers’ dieting habits and self-talk have profound impact on daughters − 2 psychologists explain how to cultivate healthy behaviors and body image

Adopting healthy behaviors and thought patterns around food and nutrition takes time and intentional effort. But it will lead to more lasting change and positive outcomes than quick-fix dieting will.
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.
Pope Francis baptizes 16 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 7, 2024, in Vatican City. Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images

Pope Francis called surrogacy ‘deplorable’ – but the reasons why women and parents choose surrogacy are complex and defy simple labels

Surrogacy can exploit women, but others may choose to be involved for altruistic reasons. A scholar points out that surrogacy’s ethical value is dependent upon the people and systems who use it.
Strong, supportive relationships with moms, dads and nonparental caregivers are all vital. skynesher/E+ via Getty Images

Secure attachment to both parents − not just mothers − boosts children’s healthy development

Psychologists have long focused on the importance of a secure attachment with a mother for healthy child development. A new look supports the value of attachment – but it doesn’t have to be with mom.
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Being the main breadwinner didn’t necessarily keep married mums in work during the pandemic

With dads being the primary earners in many heterosexual households, it was often the mother who gave up work to manage extra work at home during the pandemic. But what about heterosexual households where the mother was the primary earner?
While zuranolone represents an exciting advance in the treatment of postpartum depression, many questions about its potential impact remain unanswered. (Shutterstock)

Zuranolone for postpartum depression: Hope, hype or both?

Amid the fanfare about a new medication for postpartum depression, it’s important to remember that PPD is underdiagnosed and undertreated, and that safe and effective treatments already exist.
Food insecurity can impact both a mother’s ability or decision to breastfeed, and also the ability to purchase baby formula. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s welfare system is failing mothers with infants

Low-income mothers with infants are struggling with food insecurity, which can lead to long-term health impacts for both mothers and children.
Moms get about 25 minutes less sleep each weeknight when their kids’ school is in session. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision Collection/Getty Images

Less sleep, less exercise and less relaxation – here’s the data on just how much busier moms are during the school year

Parents spend more time actively engaged with their kids – such as helping with homework or reading together – during the school year than during summer. But the difference is almost three times greater for moms than for dads.

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