Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween safety: making sure the scary fun stays safe

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Halloween safety: making sure the scary fun stays safeHere are some practical tips to protect your children this Halloween:

Safety in numbers –
Teach children not to trick-or-treat alone but to travel with a parent or adult caregiver.

Safety in planning – Know the Halloween route in advance so that there is a mutual understanding about the plans for the evening and do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks. Avoid houses or buildings that don’t have their lights on or are not well lit and look both ways before crossing the street and driveways.

Dress to be comfortable and prevent accidents – Limit the risk of costume dangers by choosing flame-retardant apparel. Guard against tripping and falling by making sure costumes are a suitable length. In …

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Desk rage: angry and violent outbursts at work

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Desk rage: angry and violent outbursts at work

A recent British survey maintains that 48% of workers suffer from desk rage.

Similar to road rage, desk rage is defined as a meltdown at work which may result in a violent act such as throwing office supplies or destroying office equipment. On this side of the pond, a study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) found that Canadian health workers are more likely to be assaulted in their workplace than American health workers. In fact, Canada ranks number four in the world for workplace violence.

With more people feeling more stressed about increasing workloads and job uncertainty, work rage is on the rise. A trigger could be something as random as a dirty cup of coffee or a jammed

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Sexting and how to talk to your kids about online safety

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Sexting and how to talk to your kids about online safetyAs parents struggle to grapple with the idea of ‘sexting’ and sending sexually explicit material across the internet, one in four teens is doing it.

Teenagers are naturally curious creatures and likely to explore their sexuality in ways parents could never have dreamed of before the digital age. In a recent study published in Pediatrics, researchers at the University of Southern California found that teens that send “sexts” are seven times more likely to be sexually active and engage in risky behaviour.

The study also found:

  • 15% of teens with access to a cell phone had sexted.
  • 54% of teens know of someone who has sexted and are 17 times more likely to engage in sexting behaviour.

After reading …

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Forming healthy relationships with an anxious attachment style

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Forming healthy relationships with an anxious attachment styleLast week we explored what an anxious attachment style looks like in the context of intimate relationships. Today, we explore options for developing healthy relationships if you know, or your partner has this attachment style.

What happens when the person that you are in an intimate relationship with does not fulfill your attachment expectations? What if you have an anxious attachment style and are with someone with an avoidant attachment style?

Being anxious means thriving on intimate supportive relationships that are stable and long lasting. You may be aware that uncertainty and emotional unavailability in your relationship generally lead to a miserable existence.

Paradoxically, people with anxious attachment styles often date people with avoidant attachment styles. This is primarily because …

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Observing healthy sleep habits for your children this fall

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Observing healthy sleep habits for your children this fallTired of the bedtime battle? Parents say, “Time to go” and in response hear, “But why do I have to go to bed now?”

Depending on the age of your child, one solution is to help them to understand the “Why?” Children are curious by nature. As they get older, many are equally or more internet savvy than their parents. Make use of their natural curiosity and budding computer skills during weekend family time with a fun internet or library search to learn about healthy sleep patterns. A great online resource is the Canadian Sleep Society that offers concise tips for parents.

You can’t afford not to get enough sleep.

Lack of sleep can affect our immune system and …

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