Kids & Teens


Mental Health is a Community Issue

By Amanda Jetté Knox

Nine-year-old Maya suffers from an anxiety disorder, one of the most common mental illnesses faced by Canadians. “She has good days and bad days,” explains her mother. “But school is a trigger for her. Continue reading

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Tips for Buying your Teen’s First Car

By Jessica Hoover

After months of hard work, your teen finally has a license and is ready to embark upon the first leg of automotive ownership. How do you help your teen choose their first car? The following offers a few important tips that should help you and your teen not only find a great first car, but also to drive it safely and economically. Continue reading

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Focus Programs zero in on engaging students

How’s this for creative thinking? The Ottawa Catholic School Board has put on its institutional thinking cap to come up with some pretty compelling and positive options to appeal to different types of learners. Continue reading

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Solving Those Math Homework Problems

Worried about supporting your kids to do their math homework?  You’re not alone. Last night, the parents of kids at Navan’s Heritage Public School went back to math class. Say what? Continue reading

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SnowPasses for Kids in Grade 4 and 5

Do you have kids in Grade 4 or 5? Give them a gift of fun this winter. The Canadian Ski Council (CSC)’s SnowPass program offers them hundreds of opportunities to get out of the house and onto the slopes over the next few months. They’ll have a blast! Continue reading

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Top New Toys

With just seven Saturdays left before Santa takes a slide down that chimney, it’s time to pull the wish lists out and get going. Thanks to the Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC)’s annual report, you can make smart choices that’ll thrill the kids and make you happy too. Continue reading

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Get Your Child Engaged In Learning

Have you ever wondered if it’s just you? Well it is! Every brain is wired differently but we can train our brains to work better.

Learn more at a free information session on getting your child engaged in learning. Continue reading

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About Bullying: Don’t wait for it to get better, make it better

by Jeremy Dias

I go to a different school to talk about bullying almost every single day of the school year and there is one group of people that sends me a ton of emails. I’m not talking about youth; they Facebook and tweet. I’m talking about parents. And the number one question I get is this: What can I do to prevent my child from being bullied? Continue reading

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How Games Can Help Children Learn And Solve Problems

By Jessica Bowers

The stereotype that computer games blunt the mind instead of sharpening it has never been less true than today. Sensationalist pieces claiming video games negatively affect child development still pop up from time to time, but more and more cognitive analysts agree that many games can do just the opposite. Psych Central suggests they can even help individuals learn, and institutions can use them for training and education. What kind of games assist a child’s development? Continue reading

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Youth Connexion

by Samantha Brazeau-Wilson

Do your teens need to disconnect from their tech toys and reconnect to the outside world? If you live in the west end, Youth Connexion might be the perfect outlet. It’s a City of Ottawa program that encourages young people aged 12 to 18 to get more involved in the community and to fulfill their potential. Continue reading

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