Interaction Weekly
Oct. 22, 2014

How brain myths could hurt kids
The New York Times
The idea that we only use 10 per cent of our brains has been roundly debunked — but, according to Paul Howard-Jones, an associate professor of neuroscience and education, teachers don’t necessarily know that. In an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, he reveals the disturbing prevalence of this and other “neuromyths” in classrooms around the world, and explains why they can be so damaging. In one study Dr. Howard-Jones cites, 48 per cent of British teachers agreed with the statement “We mostly only use 10 per cent of our brain.”More

Explaining Halloween to kids — when they are literally scared
Hamilton Spectator
Halloween is here and as exciting as it can be, for little children it can be overwhelming and scary. Developmentally, young children are just learning to distinguish between reality and fantasy, so it's very normal for them to be frightened during Halloween. Although all children react in their own unique way, there are similarities to their interpretation based on their dominant sense. Use this to anticipate what will scare them, and how to be prepared to alleviate their fears, quickly and constructively. More

Edmonton Catholic school board approves $3.6 million for child care modulars
Metro
Edmonton’s Catholic school board will fund nearly $3.6 million for child care facilities in some of the city’s most booming suburbs. The infrastructure initiative approved will see eight new modular classrooms built for four different school sites, catering to day care and before and after school care space. Originally, the district had proposed building 12 child care modulars at a cost of $5.4 million, but the board delayed the decision of four of the modulars until the new year.More

Kids who drink milk substitutes may be missing out on vitamin D
The Globe and Mail
If your child is allergic to milk, can’t tolerate lactose (the natural sugar in milk) or eats a vegetarian diet, non-dairy beverages are popular replacements for cow’s milk. But research from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto suggests young kids who drink rice, almond, soy or goat’s milk are at risk for vitamin D deficiency. According to the study, published Oct. 20 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, children who drank only non-dairy beverages were more than twice as likely to have vitamin D levels inadequate to build strong bones compared with milk-only drinkers.More

Quebec home day care worker strike hits parents of 90,000 children
CBC News
Hundreds of home day care workers honked horns, blew whistles and pounded drums as they marched to Premier Philippe Couillard's downtown Montreal office as part of their one-day strike. Nearly 14,000 home day care workers across the province shut down their services, forcing the parents of 90,000 children to make alternate child care arrangements.More

Inside the new school lunch
The Atlantic
On a typical Thursday, Cole Coffey, a sixth-grader at Schoo Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska, would face a school lunch menu that reads a little like a Weight-Watchers recipe guide: Purists who claim it's a cultural crime to use a fibrous, nutritious substitute for the traditional Italian bruschetta may be even more dismayed by the day's vegetarian offering: "Veggie Wrap on Whole Grain Tortilla."More

Will $15-a-day child care boost Canada's economy?
Business In Vancouver
Many parents across Metro Vancouver are paying the equivalent of a second mortgage for child care — if, that is, they can manage to snag a hard-to-come-by spot at a daycare. For several years, Anita Huberman has been arguing that a lack of affordable child care isn't just a hardship for parents, it's bad for business. "It means that mothers are not able to come back to work ... so businesses are losing A-list employees when we're in the midst of a labour shortage," said Huberman, the president and CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT).More

Start children's eye exams early, optometrists urge
Times Colonist
Carolin Roussel first noticed her daughter, Paige, would squint in the sun and rub her eyes like she was tired, even though she was well-rested. When Paige was genuinely fatigued one eye would look outward and stay that way. Carolin, a licensed optician and owner of Eye Etiquette Optical Boutique, took Paige back to the optometrist who prescribed a number of exercises to better develop the muscles operating the wandering eye. More

How brain myths could hurt kids
The New York Times
The idea that we only use 10 per cent of our brains has been roundly debunked — but, according to Paul Howard-Jones, an associate professor of neuroscience and education, teachers don’t necessarily know that. In an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, he reveals the disturbing prevalence of this and other “neuromyths” in classrooms around the world, and explains why they can be so damaging. In one study Dr. Howard-Jones cites, 48 per cent of British teachers agreed with the statement “We mostly only use 10 per cent of our brain.”More

These dads say long work hours are costing them a full family life — so they're opting out
The Globe and Mail
At a time when dads are twice as likely as moms to think they don’t spend enough time with the kids, many employers continue to deny them the breathing room needed to get face time with their families. But a new wave of men is quietly (and not so quietly) finding new ways to lean out. It’s the latest thing in corporate corner-office chic: top male executives ditching work to hang out with their kids.More

BC gets a failing grade for affordable child care
News1130
A new report card on women’s rights gives BC a failing grade when it comes to child care. BC is the second most expensive province for child care and ranks lowest in the country when it comes to labour market participation of women with children under the age of 12, according to West Coast LEAF. “We looked to the example of Quebec, which has a $7-a-day child plan. We see that their rates of women participating in a paid labour force are vastly higher than British Columbia’s,” says Laura Track with the group.More

The NDP child care plan gives parents hope, but the details are fuzzy
The Globe and Mail
The NDP is promising families a dream: Accessible child care that costs no more than $15 a day. Unfortunately, along comes reality. On the one hand, this is the commitment that child care advocates and parents have been demanding for years and the NDP deserves credit for bringing an important social policy back into national discourse with a concrete commitment. More

Parents, stop rushing to give Tylenol to your kids
Forbes
Every eight minutes, a young child in the United States experiences a medication mistake. Too much Tylenol, say. Maybe an extra tablet of ibuprofen, or an adult dose of Sudafed that’s much too strong for a small child. And these mistakes aren’t the fault of hospitals or doctors — two groups that have come under close scrutiny for medical errors. It’s parents’ fault.More