Children & Youth

Buzz-word parenting, what to do?

Buzz-word parenting, what to do?

Helicopter parenting. Tiger parenting. Free-range parenting. These are buzz-words we hear all the time that are supposed to describe the “best” approaches for parents to take raising their children. We all want the best for our children and parents happily and eagerly adopt the latest, greatest advice. Even governments enact legislation that promotes one approach […]

We make them, you take them

We make them, you take them

The reality of mothers who give birth in care There is a well-known connection between teen pregnancy and child protection services.  Girls who spend time in the care of child protection services have higher rates of teenage pregnancy and teenage mothers are more likely to have their child taken into care. Teenage mothers who give […]

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Dylan Cohen shares a personal story of life in and out of government care. He is an Indigenous former youth in care and campaigner for Fostering Change in British Columbia and a Contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Dylan seeks to create opportunities for youth in/from care across the country through advocacy and public policy justice. Interview by […]

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

Music interventions are evidence-based with positive results — so why don’t we use them more often?   My son is practicing the piano as I write this and it’s the sweetest sound.  He’s spent two years working slowly through the same level, but it doesn’t matter; he’s improving and the benefits of both music therapy […]

Including the family in children’s literacy education

Including the family in children’s literacy education

Almost nine million Canadians can’t read well enough to perform everyday tasks   In Canada, two out of five adults – that’s nearly nine million people – cannot read well enough to perform everyday tasks. Reading difficulties start early. It is very well established that children who are not reading well by the end of […]

Kids with autism have a significantly higher risk of drowning than the general population

Kids with autism have a significantly higher risk of drowning than the general population

We are neglecting our responsibility to kids in care

We are neglecting our responsibility to kids in care

Why Canada should invest in emergency care for children

Why Canada should invest in emergency care for children

Why I continue to get the flu vaccine for myself and my children

Why I continue to get the flu vaccine for myself and my children

Why Manitoba needs to invest in its children

Why Manitoba needs to invest in its children

To thrive economically, Manitoba needs young people. Fortunately, our relatively high birth rate — around 1.93 for every 1000 women — combined with favourable immigration trends means that Manitoba’s population will continue to grow.