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

Summer in the city: 10 fun family activities

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By Lara Shannon, Wood’s Homes Community Engagement Coordinator

Are you looking for something new to do with your kids this summer? There are so many wonderful places to visit in Calgary. While my girls were growing up, some of the activities we all enjoyed most are listed below.  I’ve included the ages of my girls when they liked these activities most. Click on the links for more information and directions:

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The Habit of Happiness

By Jordan Britton, Wood’s Homes Youth & Family Counsellor

Happiness seems to be the thing everyone looks to chase, one way or another. Catching it, however, is impossible due to the emotion naturally washing in and out of our lives, similar to the ocean’s tide and its cycles. Like the ocean, controlling this emotion is met with the same futility. Understanding what control we have, and don’t have, over our emotions is crucial in our own self well-being. With this in mind, it’s important to understand that there are ways in which to manipulate more positivity into your life, by which happiness is a pleasant by-product.

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Nature is nurture: How I get my kids to unplug from technology and plug into nature

Wood’s Homes’ property on the north side of the lagoon in Bowness

By Lara Shannon, Wood’s Homes Community Engagement Co-ordinator

There is so much research that shows the mental health benefits of spending time in nature, but how do we get our kids out of the house and away from their devices? With my girls, who are 13 and 15, it is clear how beneficial it is for them to spend quality time in the outdoors every week.

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