The Enablers Who Support Men Like Harvey Weinstein Are Just as Guilty

It appears that Harvey Weinstein may face prosecution for decades of alleged sexual crimes against women, ranging from sexual bullying to rape. It must be pointed out, however, that a man like Harvey Weinstein doesn't operate in a vacuum. For him to be able to continue his egregious pattern of sexual predation over a period of...

The Harvey Weinstein Allegations Point to a Culture of Misogyny

I find myself saddened, angry and disgusted that once again, the news is filled with stories about a powerful man of influence - in this case, film producer Harvey Weinstein - who has allegedly used his position to systematically harass and sexually abuse women over a period of decades. What makes this situation so bad is that...

Is President Trump Doing His Best to Bring Out the Worst in Us?

When I was a kid, there was this cartoon trope in which a little angel and a little devil would be seen occupying each of the shoulders of a person who was trying to make a choice. The angel was encouraging the fellow to do the right thing and the devil was insisting that he follow his basest impulses and indulge in greed, aggression,...

Why You Need to Stop Being Nice and Start Being Kind

A lot of people are attached to the idea of being “nice.” It’s not so easy for these individuals to let go of their need to be nice, or to appreciate how different it is from being kind. This distinction is important, however, because these two ways of being lead to very different outcomes in one’s personal and professional...

The Mental Health Crisis Facing Our Youth Comes Down to Helicopter Parenting

There has been a glut of alarming articles coming out lately about the mental health crisis facing young people today. According to the stats the authors are quoting, these young people seem to have very little resilience and few abilities to cope with the ordinary stresses of their lives. According to a document called the National...

If You Love Your Kids, Let Them Learn to Live Without You

When I was a kid, there was no such thing as helicopter parenting. My folks loved me but they didn't hover over me, bubble-wrap me or micro-manage me. They only learned my marks on report card day and they only spoke to my teachers or coaches when it was absolutely necessary for them to do so. My parents expected me to do my own...

Parents: Don’t Deprive Your Kids of the Freedom and Opportunities You Had

I’ve been thinking about the consequences of helicopter parenting on college-aged kids. From everyone I’ve spoken to and everything I’ve read, it’s clear that over-protecting and coddling our kids is doing these young people a lot of unintended harm. I've been closely following what the experts have been saying. One of...

Helicopter Parents Need to Back Off Now

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the consequences of helicopter parenting on young people currently graduating from college and university. From everything I’ve observed, everyone I’ve spoken to and everything I’ve read, it’s clear that over-protecting and coddling our kids is not doing these young people any favours. In...

How to Make the Best of the Rest of Your Kid’s Summer

Summer is winding down and we're soaking up the last little bit of it before we send the kids back to school and gear ourselves up for the new academic year. In the meantime, parents have the option to maximize the benefit of the last few weeks of summer by instilling into their kids some positive attitudes and skills. In this...

Helicopter Parents Prevent Their Kids From Developing Resilience

Parents who over-protect their kids are obviously trying to do the best for them, but this prevents help these children from becoming resilient and bouncing back from disappointment, loss and adversity. Recently, I’ve come across a book that addresses resilience in children in a meaningful way. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building...

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