Happy Family Day
Nature vs Nurture
UBC Child-Development Expert Clyde Hertzman Dies
Dr. Hertzman stated in the video below that our DNA is constantly affected by where we grow up, live and learn. Our cognitive development, our social-emotional development – our basic capacities that eventually create our identity – are all affected by our parents or our parent figures, our teachers, and our community.
Friend and colleague Jim Dunn called Dr. Hertzman the “ultimate blend of scholar and advocate,” noting that he made a complex subject accessible by adding the element of humanity.
“He brought a body of knowledge that was somewhat sequestered in clinical studies and experimental studies and really mainstreamed it for the policy audience and the general public at large,” he said. “The conversation that we have in this country about healthy child development – we don’t always act on it – is far more sophisticated than it was 15 years ago, and Clyde was a huge part of that.”
Federally-Appointed Supreme Court Judges Earn $219,000/Year
As parents we may need to to explain this new science to family court Judges. It is unfortunate that Judges are not held more accountable by their professional association. What they are doing is clearly worrisome. If judges were required to keep themselves updated in their practice of family law the way doctors, nurses, and teachers are held accountable, it would not be a parent’s job to present the latest child health science to professionals earning $219,000 a year because they are supposedly already experts in the area of child development.
Lawyers choose specific practice areas to work in for a reason. There are simply too many areas of the law for any one lawyer to be a master at every one of them. Clients are best served when a lawyer focuses his or her time on a few specific areas of the law and becomes proficient in those areas.
It’s a lot like the practice of medicine. There are some general practice physicians who will refer you to a doctor practicing in a specific area of medicine if the situation warrants it. You wouldn’t go to a podiatrist to diagnose your cardiac problem, you’d go to a cardiologist. So far only doctors are standing up to the devastating effects of Canadian family courts.
Family Day Candlelight Vigil in Edmonton
BC Family Day is a great time to talk about Family Day in Alberta. On Sunday, February 17, 2013, parents are holding a Family Day Candlelight Vigil for for all the children growing up without the benefit of responsible, loving parents, in front of the Law Courts Building in Edmonton.
Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives
Bringing Mental Health Into the Mainstream