Health

5 ways to increase concentration: how to escape that “lack-of-focus” funk

Some days I would give just about anything to increase concentration. I’m currently standing in my home office in search of something I knew I needed just seconds ago… Continue reading

Speech Therapy: What is it and how can you do it at home?

Nearly 7.5 million Americans have difficulty using their voices, claims the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders… Continue reading

Viruses 101: A Guide to What’s Making You Ill

Welcome to the new season of America’s Got Viruses. From a common cold to Zika, viruses from all over the globe are competing to infect the highest number of host cells… Continue reading

10 ways to turn your pessimist into a positive thinker

“What was the best part about school,” Diana Stanwell* asked her 10-year old son, Miles*. “Nothing,” he grunted. “Come on,” she pushed, “there must be one good thing that happened.” “I didn’t die,” he shrugged before chucking his backpack… Continue reading

It took me 26 years to get diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

In the early days of our relationship, my then boyfriend (now husband of 14 years) would laugh when I stumbled during our walks. He assumed I did it to get closer to him. “You’re such a klutz,” he’d tease. As the stumbles became worse, his laughter turned to concern… Continue reading

When Love Hurts: The truth about dating violence

Jennifer Anne Crecente was the kind of teenager parents dream of. An energetic honour roll student, Jennifer volunteered at a hospital in Austin, Texas and was a fan of the arts… Continue reading

 

Breaking Bad: Fentanyl – The drug that’s killing our teens

Eden Lal was 14 when she tried marijuana. Before long, the Calgary-based teen was using it every day to escape her tumultuous life. Her father was convicted of molesting her… Continue reading

 

High School Horror

Some teens cannot find solace away from bullying. It follows them everywhere from the halls of high school to their online activity at home. Here’s how you can step in and keep your child safe… Continue reading

Why Confident and Empathetic Girls are More Likely to Succeed

It’s no secret that BSS staff want their students to succeed. From the moment a girl enters Junior Kindergarten to the day she graduates, the adults around her (from teachers to counsellors) make it their business to support her in every way possible… Continue reading

 

ADHD and your child

Fran Parker always knew her son was different from other kids. “He could not sit still, was not cooperative, disrupted the class and was very immature,” says the Farmington Hills, Mich. mom… Continue reading

 

The moment I decided to stop hiding my braces, slings and crutches in photographs

It was a perfect night at the beach. The warm breeze tickled my face as I watched my two children chase each other towards the rock pier. My husband’s hand felt strong in mine as we walked through the soft sand… Continue reading

 

How to manage gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is surprisingly common—and often comes with no warning signs. While counting carbs isn’t fun, the disease can be managed for a healthy pregnancy. Nycki Etherington was shocked when she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)… Continue reading

What Ails Them

We asked. They answered. These are the most common teen health issues parents need to know about. When they were little, I worried that my children would stop breathing while they slept, break an arm falling off the monkey bars… Continue reading

The Young and the Restless

Think tantrums and outbursts ended at toddlerhood? Just meet a tired teen. Here’s how to get them to head to bed and wake up happier – and even healthier – the next day… Continue reading

Boost your immuity

10 easy ways to boost your family’s immune system. Sick of being sick? So are we. The coughs, the runny noses, the rumbly tummies. Enough already… Continue reading

 

The Edge of Reason

Danielle Green* rhymes off her surgeries as though she’s reading a grocery list. From an eye lift to chin work, the 50-year-old from Weston, Ont., has had eight procedures in the past five years. That total doesn’t even include the permanent makeup, Botox and Restylane procedures… Continue reading

 

Sweet Nothings

Think artificial sweeteners are a surefire shortcut to a slim waist? Think again. Unless you or your kids have diabetes, it’s better to choose a healthy diet – including small amounts of regular sugar – than to load up on sweeteners… Continue reading

Organic Baby Food

Let’s face it, kids are expensive. Most of us factored in college fees shortly after the positive pregnancy test, but add on the immediate cost of things like diapers, wipes, clothes and daycare and your piggy bank gets lighter by the second… Continue reading

Good in Bed – Can Plastic Surgery Enhance Your Sex Life?

Ella Franklin* couldn’t recall the last time she felt sexy. A 29-year-old newlywed from Toronto, Franklin hated wearing lingerie and would do almost anything to avoid having sex with the lights on… Continue reading