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The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

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.

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

"Cutting" is a visible sign to the world that you are hurting.

If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

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.

It's more effective to reward your child for being "good" (appropriate) than to punish him for being "bad" (inappropriate).

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

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What Do Most Doctors Say About ADHD ?

Quotes from the medical majority: “To suggest that ADHD is a fraud, that somehow children are being abused by these treatments, is really an outrage because for these kids to not get treated is really the greatest abuse and neglect” (Harold Koplewicz M.D.) “A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid – schizophrenia, bipolar, Tourette’s – all would be thrown [...]

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How Would You Feel IF:

    How would you feel if your whole life people: kept yelling at you accused you of being lazy said you weren’t trying hard enough said you don’t apply yourself said you are irresponsible You would probably feel: angry discouraged usesless worthless hopeless And those kinds of persistent feelings do not take someone to a good place.  

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What Does a Parent of a Child With ADHD Look Like ?

Sometimes like this:   frustrated stressed out frightened angry exhausted discouraged burned out Parents often feel blame, guilt and shame. They frequently believe that they have somehow “messed up” their child

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What Does a Child With ADD/ADHD Look Like ?

    There are lots of descriptive words that are frequently used: can’t sit still impulsive distractible, distracting inattentive disregards rules doesn’t seem to learn from mistakes “BIG” problems at school cause stress in families few friends – bugs others punishments seem ineffective noncompliant mood swings few inhibitions They are often accused of being lazy, disobedient, willful, immature, irresponsible, etc.

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Rising Rates of Diagnosis

    ADD / ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood. The number of children in North America diagnosed with this disorder has skyrocketed in the last 30 years (skyrocketing means in the thousands of %). The number of adults being diagnosed has increased dramatically also. The rise in some parts of the world has not been nearly as alarming as in North America which begs the question – why is that ? [...]

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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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2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

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

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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“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)