Our child wellness articles offer practical advice for parents and caregivers of children in elementary school (grades K-6).

Schools and school authorities are welcome to share these articles with parents in newsletters, bulletin boards, and other communications.

We've organized our library of articles by topic below:

Mental health

10 ways to build your child's social emotional skills

Kids develop social emotional skills through everyday life experiences. Here are 10 ways you can help them learn to handle emotions, cope with stress, get along with others, and solve problems.

The perks of parent engagement

By getting involved in your child’s school experience, you show them that you value and care about their education. Here's what you can do to support their school journey.  

Handle with care

When it comes to mental health, the day-to-day ways you care for your child matter. Your support nurtures their well-being and helps them cope with life’s ups-and-downs. These tips can help you care for your child's mental health.

Show yourself some love

These are trying times. As a parent or caregiver, remember that your mental health matters just as much as anyone else’s. It’s important to find ways to balance caring for yourself and caring for your teen. These strategies can help.

How to help your child head back to class

Back-to-school changes can be intimidating. Kids like to know what to expect, so it’s natural for them to be curious (and even worried) about what the school year will look like. Your support will help them feel confident, capable, and secure. 

Online and connected: How to help your child stay well in our virtual world

In these unusual times, focus on what your kids are doing on their screens, instead of dwelling on how much time they’re putting in. Be there to help them navigate their online experiences.

Bullying: How to help your child

Bullying is never okay. It’s not a normal part of growing up. As a parent or caregiver, here are some important ways to prevent and address bullying.

Rise and shine! Healthy sleep habits for children

It’s important to know that we deserve a good night’s rest! To promote healthy sleep habits in the home, the first step is to reflect on your own sleep.

Cultivating kindness

The benefits of kindness are remarkable! Acts of kindness have been shown to help students learn and do well at school, and to lower their stress. Try these ideas to cultivate kindness.

Nutrition

Super powers for super school lunches

With September upon us, making school lunches is back on the agenda. With a little planning and creativity, packing school lunches can be a lot less daunting and can even help your family save money. 

Resist the sales pitch

Food marketing can be especially hard for kids to spot, yet incredibly powerful.  Here are some ways to limit food marketing for your child, and to help them recognize it.

Healthy eating in stressful times

Stress can disrupt our eating habits. Here are some tips to bring your family together in the kitchen. You'll reset the focus on eating well!

Physical activity

Active families, active kids

Though it may not always seem like it, kids listen to what we say, watch what we do, and follow our lead. This is especially true when it comes to active living. Try these ideas to get your child and family moving more and sitting less.

Whatever the weather!

Some kids need more support than others to brave the elements, but everyone benefits from heading out into the cold, wind, or snow. Use these tips to keep your family keep active outdoors, whatever the weather! 

Walk and roll with your kids during COVID-19

There’s never been a better time  get your family moving with active travel —walking or running, or using gear like bikes, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, strollers, and wheel chairs.

Activate your family in the great outdoors

There’s a clear link between spending time outside and our overall sense of well-being. Here are some fun ways to spark outdoor unstructured play with your child.

Sexual health

How to talk with kids about sexual and gender diversity

Learning about sexual and gender diversity can help you feel comfortable, confident, and ready to talk to your kids about these topics when they come up.

Tobacco and vaping

Vaping 101: What it is, and how to help your child

Vaping rates have surged among young people recently. In this edition, we’ll answer common questions about vaping and offer tips for fact-based, meaningful conversations with kids. 

Truth and reconciliation

Acts of reconciliation you can do with your child

Reconciliation is about creating and maintaining respectful relationships between Indigenous and settler (non-Indigenous) people in Canada. Here are some ideas to help you and your family take part in reconciliation.

Talking with your child about Orange Shirt Day

Commit to having conversations with your kids about residential schools. It’s not easy, but it’s important. Here’s how to get started.

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