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Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

If you (parents) tend to overreact to your child's misbehaviour - your child learns that he can't trust you. Mom, Dad, stay regulated!

Criticism is not a motivator.

Whining and crying are employed by kids for the purpose of getting something. If it works, then it was worth the effort and will be repeated.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

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Does This Sound Familiar?

Does any of this sound familiar?                   – “No, you cannot have another glass of water”                   – “Look at that closet; what do you mean you have nothing to wear?”                   – “This room should be condemned by the Board of Health.”                   – “Do you think money grows on trees?”                   – “Get out of bed this instant?”                   – “Get into bed this instant?”                   – “What is that on the floor?” [...]

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Asperger’s

  Asperger’s Syndrome   What is it?             Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that results in behavioural  characteristics that are best described as “odd” or “eccentric”. The cause is not  known although there appears to be a strong genetic component as it has a high heritability rate. There is no cure. There are, however interventions that can yield positive results.   History Dr. Hans Asperger (Austrian pediatrician and psychiatrist) observed 4 children in his practice [...]

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Ten Things to do with a Pencil – - if you’re ADHD

10 Things To Do With A Pencil ( . . . if you’re ADHD) Fly it through the air Roll it across your desk and let it fall to the floor Stick it in the screw of the chair Eat it Poke your neighbor Stick it up your nose Pick the threads of your socks Sharpen it  . . sharpen it again . . sharpen it again Pretend it is a drum stick 10.Lose it [...]

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Recent Workshops

I extend thanks to: 1. Davenport Public School parent council in Aylmer for inviting me to present the workshop “A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain” 2. Hamilton Children’s Aid society for offering the workshop “A Guided Tour of ADD/ADHD to foster and adoptive parents. Both workshops were well attended and much valuable information was shared. I will be returning to the Hamilton CAS in early December to present “Taming a Toddler”

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you [...]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First [...]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain [...]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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Contact

2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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Parents' Comments

“Rick’s approach is so logical. He helped us clearly define the problem, analyze what has happened and select the best strategy. We now feel empowered to do something positive for our kid”

(A.N. – Tillsonburg)