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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.

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

If you are headed in the wrong direction as a parent - you are allowed to make a U-turn.

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

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.

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

"Rules without relationship leads to rebellion" (Josh McDowell)

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Day

    I had an opportunity recently to meet with a number of people connected through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. The Wellington Street Sportsmen’s Club each year invite the “Brothers and Sisters” to participate in a day of fishing at the club pond near Dorchester. About 50 Brothers and Sisters came out to enjoy a beautiful Saturday, lots of fish, a BBQ of hot dogs and hamburgers, topped off with a bag of chips and an […]

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Dealing With Children’s Behaviour Problems

          I have been working with children with behaviour issues for over 40 years. Some of these children displayed emotional problems, learning disabilities, impulse control issues, hyperactivity and attention deficits. They all have had trouble functioning in their homes, schools and/or community. Behavioural Management Systems believes that these problems can best be resolved in the home by the parents. Learning to manage a child’s behaviour at home will improve all other […]

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Behaviour Management Course for EA’s, ECE’s, CYW’s, DSW’s, and PSW’s

School Boards and agencies are requiring EA’s, ECE’s, CYW’s, DSW’s and PSW’s to receive an upgrading or refresher course in their behaviour management skills. Behavioural Management Systems is responding to this need by offering a custom designed course that is convenient, flexible and affordable. Simply e-mail (info@rickharper.ca) or phone (519) 485-4678 for details. A course can be arranged at any time, for any number of participants (even individuals). You will receive instruction and a comprehensive […]

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Does Physical Exercise Help Kids with ADHD ?

  There have been literally thousands of studies conducted on different treatment approaches for children with ADHD focusing on cognitive, academic achievement, behaviour and psychosocial functioning that have resulted in numerous treatment options ( medication, diet, sleep, cognitive behaviour therapy, family therapy, chiropractic adjustments, biofeedback, etc. etc. etc.). It is interesting to note that I can find only one study that attempted to determine if physical exercise can reduce behaviour problems and enhance academic performance […]

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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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“Our daughter was the joy of our life until she turned 13, then all hell broke loose. Rick helped us understand what was happening to her and we made some adjustments that helped us get through it. She’s now in University and doing well.”

(D.A. – St. Thomas)