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Alphabet books capture child’s attention By: Shannon Proudfoot Parents shouldn’t retire baby’s first alphabet books to the bottom of the toy box when their children hit school age, new Canadian research reveals. Four- and five-year-old children pay much more attention to the words in very simple alphabet books than they do to those in storybooks read to them by their parents, says Mary Ann Evans, a psychology professor at the University of Guelph. “It’s something about the amount of print on the page. When there’s too much print, it’s as though the child feels: ‘I can’t do this, I can’t process this, I’m not even going to bother attending to it,’� she says. “More print is not necessarily better, in other words.� When their parents read to them, children pay attention to the words about four per cent of the


time even if it’s a simple story, Evans says, while they focus on the print 18 per cent of the time when looking at a simple alphabet book on their own. The study used the sort of very simple alphabet books that feature one letter on each page, accompanied by a single corresponding word and illustration. Evans and her co-author, Jean Saint-Aubin of the UniversitĂŠ de Moncton, used eye-trackers — headband devices with cameras on them — to measure exactly where children looked on the pages of the books. “In roughly 10 minutes of reading a storybook (with their parents), they would look at the print anywhere in the book an average of 30 seconds, so very little attention (is paid) to print,â€? Evans says. That doesn’t mean that reading with children isn’t

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valuable, she adds, just that simplicity is best when it comes to early reading books. “At our bookstore, I beg and plead with my customers to continue to read aloud, even when they’re showing interest in reading on their own. I ask parents to read to their children as long as they’ll let them,� says Eleanor LeFave, owner of Mabel’s Fables children’s bookstore. “Concept books� such as alphabet, colour, texture and number books that appear simple to adults are enthralling to children, she says. They return to the books over and over as they grow, picking up more information each time.






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Routine the golden rule — at times We spent some wonderful time away in our trailer again this summer and I recall commenting to a few friends that one of the best parts of “camping” (we have a microwave and TV, so it’s hardly roughing it), is leaving behind the day-today schedule for a week or two. Getting kids dropped off to get to work on time Growing Pains not only means you’re By Clare Adams watching the clock at the beginning of the day, but you tend to be reasonably conscious about getting kids to bed on time, too, so that they get their sleep. Add to that making sure we get to karate or horse riding lessons, and it’s a perpetual game of “Are we on time?” Camping is an opportunity to forget being on

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mutual embarrassment. Being the parents of teens channels the Zen paradox of doing-not doing. You don’t have to try to embarrass them; you embarrass them by just being yourself. That humility allows you to be both teacher and student. You learn from your child, from your evolving relationship and the insights and emotions your child evokes in you. The birth of my first child was a transformative experience. My identity and purpose in life instantly changed. I had become a father and my purpose was to devote my life to the precious dependent life

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as they are treasured by the parent. As my children have grown and grown out of complete dependence, playgrounds and toys, I appreciate all the more the temporality of each stage of growth. This has helped me endure the tantrums of the terrible twos, the energy and dependence of young children and the emotional amplitudes of adolescence. And it has taught me to enjoy the gifts that my children are at each stage of their lives. They are always changing, so we must endure patiently and enjoy presently. One of our roles as parents is to teach

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Giving undeserved compliments can undermine kids By: Katherine Dedyna You’re so smart! A lot of well-intentioned parents cover their kids with a blanket of constant praise in the hopes of promoting self-esteem and confidence, as well as showing their love and support. But child psychology experts say there’s a definite downside to round-the-clock compliments: Too much praise for too little effort can undermine children’s motivation, resilience and well-being. “Kids need honest feedback, not just our praise,” says Joan Martin, an educational psychologist at the University of Victoria and mother of three. Even the innocuous-sounding “good job” conferred on countless activities can be problematic, she says. She remembers one of her children churning out drawings, then racing in to show the result to her every few minutes. She soon realized the child was seeking an automatic “good job” from Mommy, rather than enjoying making art — which was not the message she wanted to instill about self-motivation and effort. In fact, it’s definitely OK not to praise every drawing your child brings to your attention, she says, and there’s nothing wrong with sending some back, saying, “I don’t think you tried very hard on that.” Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards, contends that ever-present “good-jobbing” risks turning kids into “praise junkies,” making them less likely to take steps to independence. Martin is similarly leery of praise that translates to the child’s ear as “you were the best.” That can push the child to constant comparisons with others, leading to “a balloon ego,” always liable to inflation and deflation by external forces. “That’s really hard, emotionally,” she says. The “praise craze,” in the words of Harvard University child psychologist Richard Weissbourd, might even induce kids to feel something is wrong with them that requires over-compensation via applause, in turn seeding doubts about their parents as mentors. While all kids should be told they’re terrific at times, “children who are praised too much become more conscious of their image, more competitive, and more prone to cut others down,” he writes in The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development. Constant praise conveys constant judgment. Rather than enhancing children’s inner resources, 10 FN • familiesnow • fall/winter 2010

overdoing praise can deplete them, he says. “The irony is that all this work to buttress self-esteem and happiness not only makes children less capable of moral action — more self-occupied, less able to invest in others, more fragile and less able to stand up for important values — but more likely to fret about their attractiveness, competence or importance to others, more prone to worry and unhappiness.” Praise should be contingent on effort, good behaviour or self-motivation, Martin says. Otherwise, kids might depend on hearing it without having to work toward actual competence. In the real world, people are not going to be constantly feeding your child’s ego, she says. “My kids get praise for putting effort into it, for pushing themselves, but they never get told that they’re gifted,” Martin says. Telling a child how smart she is can backfire, making her less, not more, likely to try challenging learning tasks, according to research by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Psychologist Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege, questions the motivation of over-praising. “On a deeper level, it is about control and compliance,” she writes, a way to keep kids invested in things that matter most to parents. That, she says, can lead kids to follow what they’re praised for, not what they’re passionate about.

Tips on positive reinforcement: • Refrain from finding something positive in your child’s every move. • Beware of praise focused only on achievement, at the expense of integrity and moral development. • Praise for standing up for a playmate is as important as for coming first in a race. • Try to connect praise to a specific accomplishment. • Ask yourself why you feel the need to constantly praise your child. • Some parents use praise to communicate “I love you.” But instead, the child hears that whatever she’s doing is just fine, even when it isn’t her best. Communicate your love by saying so, hugging and playing with your kids. • Praise should be specific: “You were so kind to invite a lonely child into a group of popular friends,” as opposed to, “You’re such a kind kid.” • Praise should acknowledge effort, as in, “That was hard sharing your toy, but you did it. And did you see your friend’s face?”


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By: Jill Barker

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You signed your kids up for organized sport in hopes of keeping them active. But there’s more to keeping kids in the game than buying gear and driving them to practices. According to McGill University’s Enrique Garcia, whose area of expertise includes motivation in youth sport and physical activity, a parent’s job goes far beyond chauffeur and banker. “The very best parents can do is to encourage and nurture the youngsters’ ability to generate motivation from within and for themselves,” Garcia said. “This ability fuels the natural motivation to play sports.” Here are tips for parents who want to instill a lifelong love of sport in their children:

• A little helpful advice here and there is OK, especially when the child seeks help, but kids should never have to choose between the coach’s game plan and the parent’s game plan. • Let your child initiate any pre- or post-game chatter and reduce the emphasis on the outcome of the game and who scored what goal. Comment instead on a great pass, a good play or an area of specific improvement, be it during individual or team play. • Put sports in perspective by having conversations that revolve around more than your child’s athletic pursuits and the progress of his or her team during your

drives to and from games and practices.

Let them sample • Researchers into youth sport have designated the ages of 6 to 12 as the sampling years when kids should be encouraged to try a variety of sports. This type of athletic diversification flies in the face of the current trend of early sport specialization, yet there is some data suggesting that children who specialize later in life tend to stick with sports longer. • Diversifying your child’s athletic experiences has other benefits, including: they acquire more skills, gain an appreciation of other sports and are more likely to develop skills in sports that they


have to be at the competitive level in. Kids can play sports in gym class or in purely unstructured formats like swimming at the cabin, playing soccer in the school yard or shinny at the local rink where fun, not competition is the primary focus.

Be a role model • Kids model their parents’ behaviour, so it’s up to you to pass along important lessons like good sportsmanship, responsibility to the team and respect for the coach. These lessons are learned not just from verbal cues but from visual ones as well. Kids are excellent at reading body language, so make sure your actions match your words. • Keep any comments about a coach or another player out of earshot of your child and don’t second-guess the coach’s authority or decisionmaking in front of your young athlete. And above all, be a model for good sportsmanship during your own games.

Keep it fun • A 1992 Michigan State University study of 26,000 children aged 10 to 18 years reported that fun is the reason most children participate

in sport and a lack of fun is the primary reason for dropping out. Winning had very little effect on whether or not kids stayed in the game. • If fun is what it takes to keep kids in sport, then coaches and parents need to ensure that practices and games are enjoyable. Coaches need to keep kids engaged and make them feel a part of the team, and parents need to show unconditional support of their child’s efforts and encourage them to play for the “fun of it” — not just to win.

Be prepared to wipe away a few tears • Disappointment, frustration and failure are part of sport. In fact, the ability to manage these emotions is something sports participation teaches kids. The best way to deal with tears is to acknowledge the feelings and let your child know that even the best athletes experience failure and disappointment in their careers. • Successful athletes put their mistakes behind them and refocus on the goals ahead, which is what you should tell your young athlete

when they put the puck in their own net or drop the ball that ends up scoring the winning run.

Know when to push and when to back off • There’s no doubt that parental support and encouragement keep kids in sport, but there’s a line between support and pressure that parents should avoid crossing. That line isn’t well defined, but a York University study of athletes who dropped out of a sport and those who stayed in offered a surprising picture of when parents should push and when they should back off. According to lead researcher Jessica Fraser-Thomas, all the athletes in the study considered dropping out of sport. Those who did noted that their parents forced them to continue even as their interest waned, whereas the children who chose to stay in sport did so after exploring their options with their parents. Allowing your child the freedom to take an occasional practice off or to adjust their training schedule while still encouraging them to remain active seems to be a winning formula. fall/winter 2010 • familiesnow • 13 FN


Family dinners encourage better eating By: Shannon Proudfoot Regular family meals look more and more like a silver bullet for raising happy and healthy kids, but researchers still aren’t sure why. The latest study to trace the benefits of gathering around the table shows Canadian children in grades 6 to 8 drink less pop, eat less fast food, skip fewer breakfasts and even think they make healthier food choices when out with their friends, if they dine more often with their families. What’s more, the results contradict the notion that family meals are disappearing in a flurry of hectic family life. Seventy per cent of the 3,200 Ontario and Nova Scotia children in the study eat with at least one parent six or seven days a week. “We keep hearing that family meals are extinct or they’re going by the wayside, they’re not as important; but many of us who have done research in the area have found just the opposite,” says Sarah Woodruff, author of the study and a professor of

kinesiology and physical education at Wilfrid Laurier University. There’s been very little Canadian research on the subject, she says, so it’s hard to say how the prevalence of family dinners has changed over time. However, other research has shown a connection between family meals and fewer eating disorders, less drug and alcohol use, better nutrition and higher grades, Woodruff says. A 2008 study from the University of Minnesota medical school showed that adolescent girls who ate frequent meals with their families were half as likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana as their peers, though researchers were puzzled that boys didn’t show the same effect. In fact, researchers are generally unsure exactly how family meals provide all these benefits, Woodruff says. It could be that eating with their families rather than in secret discourages eating disorder behaviours, or that there is a “carry-over effect” that helps

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When mom and dad split: what is the best way to tell the kids? per cent of Canadian children born in 1984 saw the end of their parents’ marriage or cohabitation by their mid-teens. Some months, Lennie hears from as many as four or five parents letting her schools know they are breaking up. In part, these are a heads-up to the school to watch for any changes in classroom behaviour. It also lets Lennie connect parents with community resources. Some parents also want help with the whens and hows of telling their kids that mom and dad have decided to split.

By: Jim Gibson Counsellor Helen Lennie remembers the day more than 20 years ago when she and her husband told their five-year-old son their marriage was over. The couple had gone to the beach to tell him. Lennie and her soon-to-be ex were ready with the agreed-upon and unemotional responses to any questions the youngster had, from the whys of their breakup to where everyone was going to live. Their son absorbed the news and soon after asked if he could play on the nearby swings. “I think it’s important to give the child information in small amounts at different times so they can digest it,” says Lennie, now a counsellor at three Victoria-area elementary schools. Be prepared, however, to answer any questions when they arise. Holly Allen’s then-four-year-old son wasn’t the only one upset when told four years ago his parents were separating. “It was upsetting for everyone,” says Allen, an adoption worker. Mother, father and child all ended up in tears, with much of the rest of the evening spent comforting each other. Both parents told the boy how much they loved him, and that what was happening wasn’t his or anyone’s fault. Divorce or separation remains a reality for many Canadian kids. The divorce rate is 221 per 100,000 population, according to Statistics Canada’s 2008 findings. Reports have cited research concluding 30 16 FN • familiesnow • fall/winter 2010

Be prepared for the child to blame himself for mommy or daddy leaving. Both Lennie and Weatherbe stress the child needs assurance that the parents decided to break up for reasons of their own and not, for example, because the child spilled paint on the carpet yesterday. Further, children need constant reassurance that both mom and dad love them. Finding the right time to tell the kids is tricky. “There’s never really a best time,” Lennie says. Weatherbe thinks it’s best to tell children when they are relaxed and not overly tired. “It would be tough to go off to school after being told,” she said, adding all children should be told at the same time by both parents. Parents should know ahead of time what they are going to tell the children. They should share in the telling, present a united front and relay the news in a calm way, according to Weatherbe. Even subtle put-downs of the other parent in the process should be avoided. How much parents say depends on the child’s age. Teens should be told the details of why one parent is moving out, she says. For younger kids, the departing parent might explain, “Daddy/mommy has a special friend. I need to go to be with that person.” No matter how sensitively the children are told, it’s still life-altering news, according to Lennie. That’s one reason Weatherbe suggest parents stay together for a month “so the kids get used to the idea that change is happening.” Lennie recommends keeping to the child’s regular schedule of activities, parties and school. Some parents keep kids home from school for reasons Lennie suspects have more to do with the parent’s need for emotional support than what’s best for the child.

Tips on breaking the news to the kids • Break the news together. • Be prepared for all sorts of reactions. Keep calm regardless of how upset or angry they become. • If they leave the room after yelling or crying, give them a breather, then both go and talk to them. • Explain why you’re separating. Don’t go into too much detail or place blame on the other parent. • Tell them about any changes affecting them, such as where they will live or go to school, and even where the family dog will be. • Talk to them about plans to see the other parent. • Both parents should stress that they love the child. • Stress the reason for the breakup has nothing to do with the child. • Inform your children’s teachers, counsellors, babysitters, parents of their friends, and any adults they see regularly, such as sports coaches. Ask these adults to inform you of any behavioural changes.


Teens love to be miserable By: Misty Harris Parents who’ve ever wondered how a teen with an IPhone in one hand and the world in the other can be so miserable now have their answer: adolescents, sometimes, intentionally seek to feel unhappy. In trying to learn why youths typically experience more emotional tsunamis than their older counterparts, researchers discovered that teens try to maintain or induce a bad mood, on average, about 25 per cent of the time. By contrast, people over 18 are more often pleasure-seekers who want to quash doldrums and enhance happiness. Those 60 and older are especially prone to this “pro-hedonic” behaviour, showing greater desire at a higher frequency to boost positive emotions and

suppress negative ones than younger adults. “Our study suggests that some of the age-related differences in everyday emotional well-being may be brought about by differences in how individuals wish to influence their feelings,” says lead author Michaela Riediger, research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany. “Part of the negative emotionality that’s characteristic for adolescence, and part of the positive emotionality that’s characteristic for older adulthood, appears to be intentionally sought and maintained by the individual.” In other words, it’s true that with age comes a greater sense of everyday wellbeing. But much of that can be credited to people’s own resolve to feel happy.


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Tri-Cities Happenings AROUND TOWN Riverview Horticultural Centre Society invites the community to take part in Treefest, the annual arboretum celebration, at Riverview Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 12. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., families and friends can take part in hourly guided tours of heritage trees, children’s activities, a heritage building walk, a blackberry tea in Finnie’s Garden or take in musical and entertainer performances. Food will be available. Treefest will run rain or shine. For information, call 604-290-9910 or visit Terry Fox Foundation holds three Terry Fox Runs in the Tri-Cities this year, all set for the national day on Sunday, Sept. 19. The Hometown Run is set for Port Coquitlam’s Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Ave. Port Moody’s Terry Fox Run will begin at Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Dr., while the new addition

in Coquitlam will be held in Mundy Park. All runs begin at 10 a.m., with registration opening earlier that morning. For information, visit www.

Terry Fox Library hosts free storytimes for children ages two to six and their families at different times throughout the week each month at 2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam. Information: 604-927-7999.


Port Moody Public Library and SHARE Family & Community Services Society host a free English practice group for informal language practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Library’s ParkLane Room. Information: Julie Sutherland at 604-936-3900, Local 185.

Circle of Friends, a YMCA Family Resource Program, offers a drop-in program in Port Coquitlam for parents and caregivers and children from newborn to six years of age. The program is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at Central Elementary, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at James Park Elementary. Drop in anytime during operating hours and experience a morning of fun and enjoy a cup of coffee while children play nearby. Kids have the opportunity to socialize, learn new skills, play with toys, take part in art activities, sing songs, have a snack and more. Information: 604-931-3400.

Tri-City Family Place offers a drop-in program for parents and caregivers of children under six years, open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2062 Manning Ave. Information: 604-945-0048.

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FOR SOME SUPPORT Parents Without Partners is a non-profit, nonsectarian organization devoted to the interests of single parents and their children. Single parents who are separated, divorced, widowed or never married are eligible to join. Orientation meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier St. For information, call 604-945-2407. PoCoMo Mothers of Multiples is a non-profit group devoted to supporting families that have twins, triplets and more. Group meets regularly, and hosts community events as well. For information, e-mail Winnie at com.

Tri-City Autism Support Group meets monthly in Room 14 of Westwood Elementary, 3610 Hastings St., and offers support, education and a place to share stories for family members who have loved ones with autism spectrum disorder. Information: Caroline Parker at cparker@sd43. Coquitlam Chapter of B.C. Schizophrenia Society meets monthly from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the McGee Room of Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier St. For information, call 604-939-5733 or 604-583-9775. Tri-City Women’s Resource Society offers an empowering mothers parenting group at various times throughout the year. Participation in the educational group is free, and childcare and transportation subsidies are available. Information: 604-941-7111, Ext. 106.

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Crossroads Hospice Society hosts a free weekly walking group for the bereaved on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to meet at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre next to City Hall. To register or for more information, call Craig at 604-949-2274.

GIVING BACK Scouts francophones is looking for leaders. This fulfilling volunteer position includes opportunities for personal growth, adventure, travel and practicum hours. For information, call Monique at 604-936-3624. Developmental Disabilities Association offers free pickup of gently used housewar including dishes, toys and books. Cloth items can be dropped off in bins. Furniture, dishes and

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Happenings/continued from page 20 clothes are accepted at donation stations. For information, call 604-273-4332. North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association needs volunteers. People who love being around horses and enjoy helping people with special needs can assist children and other challenged riders in equestrian therapy at the association’s Maple Ridge facility. Volunteers are needed to groom, tack and handle the horses and act as support people for riders with disabilities. Free training is available and courses and certification to be a therapeutic riding assistant are available. For information, visit or call 604-462-7786.

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