Every Parents’ Questions

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…

Packing

Late last week, on my morning walk, I saw an item out on my neighbour’s curb that reminded me of heading off to McGill University forty-five years ago. The navy blue, hard-sided box was fitted with a lock as well as some supporting struts wrapped around its width. Everyone I knew in residence came with…

When Children Die

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…

Family Estrangement

A few weeks ago, the editors of The Scientific Parent asked me to provide advice on how to talk to children about the situation when family members are estranged from each other. Everyone has experienced this and it is often difficult for adults to understand. Imagine how difficult it is, then, for a child to…