The oft-forgotten role parents could play in their child’s education

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Two childrenAs parents, we tend to entrust teachers with the responsibility of educating our children through curriculum studies and by instilling proper social behaviour. For the most part, parents play a support role, ensuring that their child eats well, gets a good night’s sleep, and hands in homework on time –limiting the abuse of the legendary “the dog ate my homework” excuse. However, parents could continue playing this task-manager role while also becoming a navigator. They can advise their child on how to manoeuver through the new and sometimes unchartered waters of a classroom environment. In this oft-forgotten role, parents can help their kids understand teachers’ expectations, learn how …

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Gambling: What is problem gambling? (Part 2)

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Man in CasinoIn part one of this blog post I talked about the importance of perceiving of gambling as a source of entertainment. For most people, keeping gambling ‘fun’ isn’t a problem. However when people develop a gambling problem, it can have a devastating impact on their work, family, and finances. Problem gambling is defined as excessive gambling that negatively affects key areas of a person’s life: physical or mental health, school or work performance, finances and relationships. Problem gambling can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or social status.

According to the Canadian Partnership on Problem Gambling (2005-2006), 76% – 82% of adults take part in some form of gambling each …

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Gambling: what is responsible gambling? (Part 1)

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women at slot machinesWhen I tell people I am a Responsible Gambling Supervisor for Responsible Gambling Centres, they often give me a skeptical or confused look and say something like, “isn’t that an oxymoron?” or “I didn’t even know that existed”. In fact, they do exist and Responsible Gambling Centres (RGC) are found in many casinos and gaming establishments across Canada. RGC’s provide information and tips to the public on how to keep gambling fun, and their employees provide factual information on how games and other forms of gambling are played. They dispel myths and offer facts on the odds of winning (and losing!). RGC staff help casino patrons (and their loved ones) …

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Don’t worry. Be happy: making new friends at university

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young adults carrying boxesMost students are anxious about making friends when they first move into residence. I personally didn’t sleep the night before I moved in. Fortunately, I quickly realized that there was really no need to worry at all. Now I share a residence building with eight hundred students just like myself, all wanting to meet new people and make new friends. Unlike the first day of high school when you had your best friends from elementary school with you, in first year university everyone is in the same boat. The majority of students know no more than a few friends or acquaintances and so you can feel less nervous about being the …

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Three lessons about grief when a loved one dies

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sad womanMy mom died on August 3, 2012, and it has taken me two years to be able to write that and not experience an intense rush of grief or a state of near-tears, two reactions that have been a big part of my life since her passing. It’s only now, after all this time, that I can attend my daughter’s high school graduation without being consumed by grief and sadness at the absence of my mom from such a significant family event. It has been a challenging two years to say the least, as I have lived through many of the grief stages that as a clinician I myself have educated …

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