BC Council for Families



Parenting Styles Affect Children's Mental Health

Aug 22

by Ruby Banga
Program Coordinator

Can the way you parent really affect your child's mental health?

How is Dad Doing? New research on Fathers

Aug 15

by David Sheftel
Program Coordinator, BC Council for Families

More involved than ever before, yet also more absent.  That's the contradictory nature of fathering today, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center, a US-based social thinktank. 

Speaking Out for Parents

Aug 08

by Jennifer Dales

Mimi Hudson has a pretty good handle on what kids need to ensure their  healthy development.  As Director of Community Programs at Family Services of the North Shore, she's been coordinating the agency's family resource program since 1996, and has seen hundreds of families pass through the programs' doors.

Childhood Obesity Parenting Controversy

Jul 18

by Marilee Peters
Director of Communications

A Harvard doctor has set off a panic among American parents with the suggestion that in the most severe cases of childhood obesity, the state should intervene and remove the child from the home.

Pivot-al Victory for Families

May 24

by Marilee Peters
Director of Communications
"This small victory has been a long time in the making, and we are happy to be able to take a moment to celebrate what it will mean for families," writes Darcie Bennett of the Pivot Legal Society in that organization's blog. The celebration is over recent changes made by the Ministry of Social Development to the policy of reducing a family’s shelter allowance while a child is in temporary foster care.

My Mother / My Role Model

Apr 18

by Jennifer Dales
Director of Projects and Planning

Just in time for Mother's Day, a new study from Dove gives moms across the country something to feel good about: a majority of Canadian girls identify their mothers as their biggest female role model. Six in 10 girls between the ages of 10 and 17 named their mothers when asked who their role model is. And a previous Dove survey found moms were three times more influential than media at shaping the way girls feel about themselves and about what it means to be beautiful.

Keeping Kids in School

Mar 07

by Marilee Peters
Director of Communications, BC Council for Families

A new study out of UBC suggests that the key to keeping kids in school is whether or not parents value education. Although previous studies on youth school dropout rates have suggested that teens are more likely to leave school if their parents had been dropouts, a study by UBC economists Giovanni Gallipoli, David Green and Kelly Foley shows that the family trait that matters most is not parental education, but how much parents value education.

(Not) Taking Sides on Tiger Mom

Feb 28

by Jennifer Dales
Program Director, BC Council for Families

In his latest Uncommon Sense column in Today’s Parent magazine, parenting writer John Hoffman shares his thoughts about the current media storm surrounding U.S. author Amy Chua and her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Hoffman offers a refreshing perspective on the whole controversy, one which family support practitioners need to pay attention to.

Self-Control: The Key to Success?

Feb 14

by Tina Albrecht
Communications, BC Council for Families

Self-control in children can be a surprisingly accurate indicator of adult success. A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, followed 1000 New Zealand children from birth to age 32, and found that those who developed self-control at a young age were likely to have better outcomes in adulthood.

Home Visiting for High-Risk Families

Jan 31

by Marilee Peters
Director of Communications, BC Council for Families

In a report released last week by BC's Representative for Children and Youth reviewing the tragic deaths of 21 BC infants between 2007 and 2009, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond calls for "concrete and effective prevention measures ... to make a difference in the lives of infants, children and families in this province."

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