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Tips for getting kids ready for back-to-school

As I look towards the end of the long, lazy July – August vacation, I typically feel a mix of emotions – apprehension at the resumption of early morning routines and traffic, mixed with relief and anticipation about getting the kids back into some semblance of routine and activities. So imagine how our children feel! […]

Raising Resilient Youth

Raising resilient young people – using the 7 Cs I was recently struck by an article listing the top skills looked for by today’s employers – top among them are communication, leadership, teamwork, interpersonal, self-management and problem-solving skills. Yet, these have historically not been given nearly as much prominence in our schools’ syllabuses as the […]

How to prevent childhood accidents?

  Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN   Injuries are one of the leading causes of death in children and young people, but most childhood injuries can be prevented with some simple actions. Here are some tips to prevent some of the common types of accidents seen in the emergency room: Accidental Poisoning Household […]

Helping teens get better sleep

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN PRACTICAL TIPS TO HELP IMPROVE SLEEP QUALITY What’s the issue with sleep and teens? Ah, quality sleep..that elusive element. COVID-19 and its associated lockdowns, online school and social distancing has definitely disrupted the sleep schedules of your teens and young people, often with detrimental effects. I’m often struck […]

How to Move Forward after Failing (Fail Forward)

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN “There is no failure except in no longer trying” (Elbert Hubbard) What do Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They all experienced failures on their way to success.  Albert Einstein was thought to be a failure in his early years at school […]

Cannabis and Teens- What are the issues?

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN With increased legalization in many countries, there has been growing interest in cannabis products. However, what are the concerns about its use in teens and why? The cannabis plant (Cannabacea family) is a species of flowering plants with very recognizable leaves. There are 3 main species – C. […]

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