Stories for the whole family....

In some parts of Canada, it's a long weekend. Monday is Family Day in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick. It's also a holiday in three other provinces -- Louis Riel Day in Manitoba; Heritage Day in Nova Scotia and Island Day in P.E.I. Here at The Conversation Canada, we'll gladly take an extra day to hibernate from the cold and spend some quality family time. If you're doing the same thing, we've assembled a few family-themed stories for your reading pleasure this weekend.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back (with a couple of stories) in your Inbox on Monday.

Scott White


Long weekend reads

Reduce children’s test anxiety with these tips – and a re-think of what testing means

Louis Volante, Brock University; Christopher DeLuca, Queen's University, Ontario

Educational experts offer tips for parents and teachers to help children manage test anxiety but find that overall, policy-makers need to re-think what matters in schools and what’s worth measuring.

Too much screen time linked to an epidemic of myopia among young people

Langis Michaud, Université de Montréal

Myopia is a major risk factor for serious eye diseases. It has become epidemic among children, particularly because of their heavy use of electronic devices.

Why young people in South Korea are staying single despite efforts to spark dating

Yue Qian, University of British Columbia

South Korea is facing a low fertility trend. Valentine's Day serves as a reminder to help ease the domestic burden on young women so they can consider partnerships again.

How your genes could affect the quality of your marriage

Richard Mattson, Binghamton University, State University of New York

Will your marriage be better if you and your partner are genetically compatible? Is there any evidence that certain genes make someone a better or worse partner? And if so, which genes should we test?

Move over testosterone, another hormone is also vital for making boys – and it doesn’t come from the testes

Paul Fowler, University of Aberdeen

What we thought we knew about male development since the 1950s has now been turned on its head.

You need more than just testes to make a penis

Mark Green, University of Melbourne; Andrew Pask, University of Melbourne

Disorders affecting penis development are among the most common birth defects seen in humans, and rates are on the rise.

Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

Andrew J. Fuligni, University of California, Los Angeles

Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers. But neuroscience and psychology research is revising that image: Adolescents are primed to help those around them, with positive benefits for all.

The Kid Who Would Be King: why King Arthur films are the perfect antidote to epic Brexit posturing

Neil Archer, Keele University

The various readings of this national myth can tell us a lot about our cultural and political time and place.