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"To be a man, a boy must see a man."  (J.R. Moehringer)

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.

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

Criticism is not a motivator.

Parents are the external regulator for kids who cannot regulate themselves.

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.

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

Parenting style matters - a lot!

"The thing that impresses me most about North America is the way parents obey their children"    (King Edward VII , 1841-1910)

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

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THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS

  A “vicious cycle of behaviour problems” begins when a child repeatedly performs an inappropriate behaviour and the parent’s attempt to manage it is unsuccessful. The behaviour is repeated many times over a period of time with the results being: management strategy continues to be less than successful parent gets angry the child continues the behaviour child gets “locked in” and shows no sign of wanting to cooperate parent gets “locked in” to a strategy […]

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LEADERSHIP WITHIN A FAMILY

  LEADERSHIP WITHIN A FAMILY A leader or leaders will emerge in every family. If parents are unable or unwilling to perform the leadership role, a child will take over. There is no minimum age for this to happen. Some parents become “slaves” to a newborn, the moment  (s)he comes home from the hospital. Frequently heard comments from parents who are not in charge of their home:  “We can’t take him/her out to a restaurant, […]

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Have ADD/ADHD ?

  You’re in good company . Beethoven Elvis Bill Gates Henry Ford Robin Williams Socrates Mozart Winston Churchill Alexander Graham Bell Picasso Napoleon Jim Carey John Lennon Howie Mandel J.F.K. Bill Cosby Louis Pasteur Michael Jordan Richard Branson Whoopi Goldberg Michael Phelps Jamie Oliver A diagnosis of ADD /ADHD is not something one would wish for but it obviously does not need to prevent one from accomplishing great things !

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The Teenage Brain

  Adolescence is ONE of the times in an individuals life when the greatest brain development is occurring. the brain changes in size and shape grey matter thickens increase in synaptic connections between brain cells specialization within the brain occurs “pruning” of neural pathways occurs sex hormones impact the brain Neurotransmitters  are chemicals in the brain that facilitate the transmission of messages along nerve cells (billions of messages per second). The primary neurotransmitters involved with […]

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Types of Depression Diagnosed in Young People

  TYPES OF DEPRESSION DIAGNOSED IN YOUNG PEOPLE (the Oxford Psychiatric Dictionary lists 25 different types of depression) Listed below are the most common   a) MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER (MDD)                   – serious depression lasts an average of 7-9  months                   – similar to adult depression in some ways                                          – sadness           […]

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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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