Interaction Weekly
Dec. 17, 2014

Child care is a human right: Solving the child care crisis
Rabble.ca
We're passionate about women's and children's rights, and concerned about the rights of mothers and young children to access high-quality, affordable child care. While the B.C. Human Rights Code intends "to foster a society ... in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia," the current crisis in child care in B.C. is denying full and free participation to mothers in the labour force and their young children.More

Report: Ontario's day care safety inspection system flawed
CBC News
Many parents dropping their children off at daycare may be wondering just how safe their children are after Ontario's auditor general found that the province's system for inspecting daycare facilities is flawed. In her annual audit of government spending, Bonnie Lysyk reported more than 29,000 "serious occurrences" at provincially licenced and private home services over about a four-year period.More

Winnipeg day care centre closes doors
Winnipeg Free Press
Parents are getting help finding day care from the province after a private child care centre shut its doors, a provincial spokeswoman confirmed. The Treehouse Treasures Child Care Centre was a licensed as a private facility that operated at 1790 Main Street. The owner placed a notice of closure on the front door sometime after Friday and before Monday. "We were aware it was going to close," said a spokeswoman for province’s Child and Youth Opportunities department. "We’re working with the parents to help them establish a licensed non-profit centre or help them get alternative child care."More

Children lie from the age of two, so here's how to get them to tell the truth
The Guardian
Lying is often seen as bad behaviour in children. Fairytales and folk stories, from Aesop’s Peter who cried wolf to Washington’s cherry tree tell children to be honest and never lie. But what can we do to encourage children to tell the truth? Children learn to lie from about the age of two. The first lies children learn to tell are denials of wrongdoing. From the age of three they also learn to tell “white” lies.More

Your kids may not be able to say if they're having trouble — but they can draw it
The Huffington Post
Parents already know that their kids' artwork is an endless source of amusement, but there could be more to those mini masterpieces, according to new research. A study published in the Attachment and Human Development journal found that children's drawings are a window, so to speak, into the way they view their home life. As part of The Family Life Project, 962 participating 6- and 7-year-old kids were asked to draw their families. Since the researchers had been making regular visits to the participating families' homes, they were able to make one big connection: If a child is experiencing household disorganization and chaos, you'll be able to see it in their family drawings.More

Dieppe day care destroyed by flooding
Global News
A Dieppe day care is scrambling to figure out a temporary location after it was hit by major flooding. By the time assistant director Joline Horsman ventured inside to see what could be salvaged, the water had receded to about two feet high. “Devastation. It’s just surreal what’s happening,” Horsman told Global News.More

Punishing kids for lying just doesn't work
McGill University
If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8. The researchers, led by Prof. Victoria Talwar of McGill’s Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology, left each child alone in a room for 1 minute with a toy behind them on a table, having told the child not to peek during their absence. More

Child care is a human right: Solving the child care crisis
Rabble.ca
We're passionate about women's and children's rights, and concerned about the rights of mothers and young children to access high-quality, affordable child care. While the B.C. Human Rights Code intends "to foster a society ... in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia," the current crisis in child care in B.C. is denying full and free participation to mothers in the labour force and their young children.More

How to teach kids an attitude of gratitude
Toronto Star
So many of us enjoy unwrapping gifts so much that we often forget the true spirit of the holiday season. And so with the holiday season upon us, parenting and child development expert Denise Daniels offers some simple, effective ways parents can teach young children an “attitude of gratitude,” while still instilling the emotional intelligence skills they’ll need to thrive in our ever-changing world. More

All I want for Christmas: Frugal kids
TIME
How to use the season's gift-giving frenzy to teach the difference between what we want and what we need. Rolls of stocks with gold bow wrapped around them like a present More Everything You Need to Know to Give Stocks for Christmas Why Gift Cards Are a Crime Against Christmas Why Gift Cards Are the Only Present That Makes Sense A fable that’s frequently invoked when it comes to personal finance is Aesop’s “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” in which the ant busily spends his summer storing up supplies for the winter while the grasshopper frolics the warm days away, blissfully ignoring that times of need are around the corner. More

Should you let your kids watch violent films?
The Telegraph
I’m one of an increasingly common type of dad – one who grew up on a cinematic diet of action, horror, and gore, but is confused about whether to let his child do the same. It’s an issue that will have touched most parents at some point, and one that’s been raging on for decades. Should we let our kids watch violent films? And if we do, will we ruin them forever? More