Christmas Plans

Across North America, there is holiday planning happening. The pandemic has changed planning, but most people are still doing their best to eke out some pleasure from a period that is often considered one of the most joyous of the year. I hope everyone reading this is planning a happy holiday, but my heart will…

Home

How many people have you heard say lately that they wish they didn’t have to spend so much time at home? When we hear or read about “COVID fatigue”, those images of crowded gatherings spring to mind – the kind you attend when you are just so fed up that you don’t care what happens…

Children, Youth, and Poverty

Children around the world are growing up in poverty and this has only gotten worse during the pandemic. We sentimentalize childhood, but practically speaking, we do not provide children with the tangible support they need. A study completed in September 2020 by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) showed that there has been a…

Television

Television ownership is on the decline. I grew up in a small Quebec town with poor television reception, in an era where, to get good reception, you needed a television aerial on your roof. It turns out that aerials were such a passing fad that none of my patients know what these are. In fact,…

Families and the Pandemic

When I read articles about helping youth during the pandemic, I am struck by the finding that helping families can be even more important than helping youth individually. I have noticed this in my own practice but to see this article from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry rally drives…

Christmas People

My sister was a “Christmas person”. She was born on November 18 and her Christmas tree went up that day. She took it down, with many regrets, on January 18, her husband’s birthday. “It’s not as long as you’d think”, she’d say. This year, in the midst of the pandemic, Christmas will be special, and…

Without a Net

Many people do not realize the stress that health care workers live under every day and, in many ways, it’s our own fault. It is not in the nature of people who work in health care to call attention to the stress we experience. While many of us living closest to the risks of healthcare…

Silver Cross Parent?

Gender equity has been elusive even though people of all genders have worked hard to achieve this goal, especially in the last century. To achieve gender equity, it is necessary for everyone to examine the historical situations and stereotypical assumptions that have placed us into siloes of our roles for many years. This year, two…