At least once a week, a parent will express concern to me that their child has an “internet addiction”. When you consider how rare it is to see an adolescent without a smart phone, this certainly seems like a reasonable worry. However, one could just as easily wonder how many adults have an internet addiction, …

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Yesterday I was interviewed by Craig Oliver for his TV Program Challenges and Change on the topic of Mental Health. One of his questions to me was, “How do you help a child to develop resilience?” I wasn’t especially happy with my answer, but I thought about this question and did some research. I can …

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My weeks in the middle of October are crowded with patients – often patients I am not supposed to see since they are over 18 and my program does not extend beyond 18 years. These patients, however, know me and I know them. They turn first to someone they know, and I have told them …

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This book by a lawyer turned educator is a manual for parents concerned about their child’s development of values. Michael Parker makes every effort in this short book to cover any issue that a parent might want to consider in discussions with their child about an ethical approach to life and living. The book includes …

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Last week, I spoke at the Central Asian Regional Congress of Medical Women’s International Association on the topic From Texting to Talking: 3 Proven Strategies for Connecting With Your Teen. After the talk and over the course of several days, participants approached me with their questions and concerns. Thailand is completely on the other side …

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Like many other people from Ottawa, I have been very much affected over many years by the courage of Jonathan Pitre, who passed away on Wednesday evening. He was 17 years old and suffered from epidermolysis bullosa. There have been tributes for Jonathan from so many, including hockey players and civic leaders and journalists, as …

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