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How conflict between parents affects children

How conflict between parents affects children

Disagreements and conflicts are inherent in human relationships and are therefore common in the family environment. In the collective imagination, the concept of conflict has negative connotations. Yet, disagreeing and having different opinions on any issue can be an opportunity to learn, grow or improve situations and, therefore, have constructive and rewarding consequences. For this, it […] … learn more→

Procrastination is linked to poor health – new study

Procrastination is linked to poor health – new study

University students have a lot of freedom but not much structure. This can be bad for habitual procrastinators. Studies have shown that at least half of university students procrastinate to a level that is potentially harmful to their education. But this may not be the only negative result of putting things off until a later […] … learn more→

What is racial battle fatigue? A school psychologist explains

What is racial battle fatigue? A school psychologist explains

When William A. Smith, a scholar of education and culture, introduced the term “racial battle fatigue” in 2003, he used it to describe the cumulative effects of racial hostility that Black people – specifically faculty and graduate students – experience at predominantly white colleges and universities. In short, it takes a toll on their psychological, physical and emotional well-being. […] … learn more→

Marital arguments and their impact on children

Marital arguments and their impact on children

Discrepancies and conflicts are inherent in human relationships, in all contexts, which is why they are common in the family environment. In the collective imagination, the concept of conflict has negative connotations; however, disagreeing and having different opinions on any issue can be an opportunity to learn or improve people or situations and, therefore, have desirable […] … learn more→

Should I loosen up on the kids’ bedtime these holidays – or stick to the schedule? Tips from a child sleep expert

Should I loosen up on the kids’ bedtime these holidays – or stick to the schedule? Tips from a child sleep expert

Summer holidays often mean sunshine, beach trips, mountain hikes, relaxation, catching up with family and friends, and the chance to sleep in. For many parents, the temptation is to loosen up on the kids’ bedtime routine, let them stay up late, and allow them to catch up on sleep with a lie-in the next morning. […] … learn more→

Parabens and phthalates in chemical hair straighteners

Parabens and phthalates in chemical hair straighteners

It is relatively common for products to contain carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals). Two of the most common carcinogens are parabens and phthalates. These chemicals are part of a category known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These chemicals can cause quite a few different health problems, not just cancer. Revelations of EDCs in a certain product causing cancer […] … learn more→

Burnout Syndrome: The Next Pandemic?

Burnout Syndrome: The Next Pandemic?

We live in the society of immediacy. If we have doubts, Google answers us; if we want to learn something, YouTube teaches us; and if we need something, Amazon sends it to us within hours. All this means that both the level of demand and personal abilities have had to adapt to very short times, increasing our level of […] … learn more→

Daydreaming’s dark side: the compulsive, complex fantasy disorder that dominates some people’s daily lives

Daydreaming’s dark side: the compulsive, complex fantasy disorder that dominates some people’s daily lives

Despite what we’re often taught to believe, daydreaming can be immensely useful. Not only can it be a source of pleasure and a way to relieve boredom, research shows that our ability to mentally escape the present can also boost creativity, problem-solving and planning, and provide an antidote to loneliness. Daydreaming, when defined as thoughts that aren’t […] … learn more→

Perfectionist teens reported more depression and stress during COVID-19

Perfectionist teens reported more depression and stress during COVID-19

Perfectionists are sometimes thought of as superheroes: people who are high achievers and seem to always have it all together. Perfectionism is different from simply trying to do a good job or even seeking excellence. Rather, perfectionism refers to rigidly requiring nothing short of absolute perfection and being highly self-critical. Our recent study, published in the journal Child Development, […] … learn more→

Why it’s wrong to blame online learning for causing mental health issues during COVID-19

Why it’s wrong to blame online learning for causing mental health issues during COVID-19

Post-secondary student mental health is in crisis: Research shows students’ mental health was adversely affected in the pandemic, and this falls on the heels of pre-existing concerns that campuses were struggling to keep up with demands for mental health services. Over the last two-and-a-half years, many people — including educators, academics, education administrators, politicians and […] … learn more→