Part one: What’s love got to do with it? Well, everything, actually.

By Dr. Angelique Jenney, Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health

“We as a society are failing to prepare young people
for perhaps the most important thing they will do in life
– learn how to love and develop caring, healthy romantic relationships”

(Weissbourd, Anderson, Cashin, & McIntyre, 2017)

A recent long-term Harvard study, Making Caring Common, about teens and sexuality has some important messages in it for parents.  The main finding?  Parents are failing their young adults in one critical area; talking to them about how to have a healthy relationship.  Even more interesting, was the number of young adults who indicated they wanted to have these conversations with their parents.  Who knew?

The very well-laid out report provides several key findings.

Part one: What’s love got to do with it? Well, everything, actually.

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Part two: What every parent needs to know about racism and hate

By Dr. Angelique Jenney, Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health

Last week, we began looking at some effective ways parents can talk to their children about racism and hate in our society, in their schools and in everyday life. Make sure to check out PART ONE. In PART TWO this week, we hope to provide parents with some more useful information and tools they can use when discussing these very complex, sometimes very difficult issues.

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Part one: What every parent needs to know about racism and hate

By Dr. Angelique Jenney, Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health

“Hate. That is by far the greatest danger we face today”.

– Peter Mansbridge, U of C Convocation address, 2017

Watch it here.

It’s been an interesting time in Alberta these past few months with respect to concerns about racism and hate-based crimes – from grade nine students at an exclusive private school in Okotoks to an anti-Muslim protest at Calgary City Hall. These two events also came on the heels of a rash of recent “hate crimes” across Calgary.

In the wake of the Manchester bombing, talking about racism, fear and hate is the only way to combat such reactionary events. These are important discussions to have in our homes and with our children because without them we can’t take responsibility for making our communities safer. As the familiar saying goes, an eye for eye leaves the whole world blind. Continue reading