The Risk-Taker’s Advantage- How to make kids more resilient by not over-protecting them

This year, World Mental Health Day was recognized on October 10, 2022. This days helps to raise awareness about the mental health issues people are experiencing and an opportunity for stakeholders working in mental health to talk about their work, and what more needs to done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

At the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), we are celebrating our 18th Annual Child Health Research Days conference event later this month, with this year’s theme being Healthy Mind, Healthy Future. This conference brings together local, national, and international research scientists and collaborators to share their research projects and knowledge and make strides in helping to advance child health in a variety of areas, including mental health.

As part of the conference, and in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, we are pleased to host a free educational and entertaining presentation for parents and caregivers coming up on October 25th at 7:00 PM at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Event details:

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Parents want to do what’s best for their children and for many, that means protecting them from from any and all risks. Many families have become so overprotective that children never have a chance to develop the normal coping strategies they need for independent lives. Though the stats tell us that children today are safer than ever before in history, parents are failing to give them ‘the risk-taker’s advantage.’ The results are a generation of bubblewrapped kids with anxiety disorders, an inflated sense of entitlement, or misguided efforts to find their own rites of passage into adulthood, often with catastrophic results.

We are are excited to welcome Dr. Michael Ungar, Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, to deliver this exciting and educational talk that will debunk common myths regarding the things that put children at risk. He will also share practical ways educators life coaches and therapists can help families and schools reconsider children’s developmental needs and offer them more risk and responsibility.

This event will be offered in-person and virtually via Zoom for those unable to attend. Please register to secure your spot.

Register here!