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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.

Good parenting requires sacrifice. Childhood lasts for only a few brief years , but it should be given priority while it is passing before your eyes

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

Being a parent of a teenager can cure a person of narcissism.

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.

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

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

Wouldn't it be nice if children would simply listen and learn.

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

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Did You Know ? # 8

To superficial appearances, the adolescent brain appears to be nearly complete. In fact it is still undergoing considerable reorganization. Depression, bipolar disorder, drug addiction and schizophrenia become increasingly prevalent during adolescence.

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Brain Fact # 8

What is learning and how does it occur? Dr. James Zull (a noted neurologist and teacher at Case Western University) answered. What is learning? “Learning is physical. Learning means the modification, growth and pruning of our neural networks, through experience.”   How does learning happen? “There are 4 stages in the “learning cycle”:                                             […]

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Did You Know ? # 7

Gender influenced toy preferences in children are seen across cultures beginning around 1 year of age. Male monkeys prefer to play with trucks while female monkey prefer to play with dolls. Juvenile male monkeys show more rough and tumble play than female monkeys  

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Brain Fact # 7

Learning and Cognition   Most organisms begin life with all of the processing systems and information that they need to survive. Humans are a notable exception in that an adult-size brain is significantly larger than a mother’s birth canal. So, we are born with an immature brain that develops additional mass and capabilities during its twenty year post-birth developmental trajectory. Parenting, mentoring, teaching, and mass media are examples of the cultural systems that humans have […]

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Did You Know ? # 6

If you show a baby a series of pictures of cats, the appearance of a dog will attract a long look. This means that babies can distinguish cats from dogs – a feat that is extremely difficult to program into a computer.

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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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