Child And Family Professional Blog
Posted September 10, 2013 by

I became a managing editor with one goal in mind …. To help educate ourselves as practitioners on how to best support the mental health needs of children, youth and their families.  Over the past 16 years the journal has linked research with training and practice to develop new ways of thinking and working, offering […]

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Posted March 17, 2013 by

Every early learning program has a philosophy that guides its teaching practices.  This informs how the environment is set up, what types of instruction are provided, and how child development is supported.   As a result, a program may become theme-based and adult directed, emphasizing school preparation, or become child directed, by providing an environment rich […]

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Posted March 4, 2013 by

When we consider every day childcare practices we often think about ensuring that things are done the ‘right way’.  As an early childhood professional we are trained to understand what the research shows about care giving and child development.  We often think in terms of handling care giving practices, such as feeding, toileting and sleeping, […]

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Posted February 16, 2013 by

When teaching children, there are various reactions regarding different typical childcare practices, such as toileting, feeding, sleeping and child directed play.  Consider this quote from Anne Frank, “We will all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same”.   In order for us to truly be effective teachers, […]

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Posted January 8, 2013 by

Written by Christine Garinger When I graduated from nursing school in 1994, we didn’t use a computer to communicate with patients or clients. Heck, I was barely using a computer personally.  At work, slow clunky computers with huge boxy monitors were used mainly for word processing and that was about the extent of it. Early […]

Posted October 25, 2012 by

A parent’s ultimate job is to keep their child safe.  In a world filled with frightening media, is it any wonder that parents become overly anxious and want to “bubble wrap” their children?  What better way to shield children from the world than bubble wrap? Many parents can cross the line from making their children […]

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Posted September 12, 2012 by

The media can frequently depict mental illness as a frightening, debilitating condition. However, an illness is not typically all consuming.  “A Beautiful Mind”, a movie created in 2001, had one viewer reflecting on how to identify a mental health problem.  See the review here: http://youtu.be/RRPjLCHKEW By D Ripley

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Posted August 3, 2012 by

Food is medicine – in today’s society a lot of us rely on prescribed medicine to ‘fix’ us when we are out of sorts. What most of us don’t understand is that what we feed our bodies has a huge impact on our minds, health, bodies and overall well-being.  It is never too late or […]

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Posted July 24, 2012 by

By:  Katie Cameron Just in the past decade, it has become popular for children to join sports teams. Organized sports have a lot of beneficial outcomes for building a child’s self-esteem at a young age. It also allows children to be physically active and develop a healthy lifestyle throughout their life. Not just sports, but […]

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Posted July 10, 2012 by

Resilience is the ability to show positive adaptation, handle stress, overcome disadvantage, recover from trauma, and use opportunities to grow and learn in the face of adversity. (Adapted from Masden et.al.) The other day, I saw a story of an incredible young man who just seemed to personify this definition. Check out his amazing story. […]

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