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

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

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.

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

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

Don't wait for him to turn 10 before you reveal that you are not in fact the hired help whose job it is to clean up after him.

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

Parenting style matters - a lot!

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Question to Behavioural Management Systems

  We have an 8 month old daughter who is very fussy. She cries whenever I put her down and won’t stop until I pick her up again. This happens all day long. I’m getting real tired of it. Please help me. Answer: Crying is your babies form of communicating. It is how she lets you know she is hungry, wet, dirty , tired, etc. It is vitally important that you respond appropriately to legitimate […]

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A Note to Rob Ford’s Kids (and every other kid who has a parent fighting cancer)

  Hi Stephanie & Doug This past week you received some very alarming news about cancer and I just want to share with you some of the things that I learned about cancer when my family was hit with it a few years ago. First, cancer is a word that sounds very scary. We hear so much about it and most of what we hear sounds like bad news. But let me tell you some […]

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Sibling Rivalry

  SIBLING RIVALRY   Let’s do a little word association game. I say a word and you say the first word that pops into your mind:                   dog                           – cat                   wedding                 – cake, dress                   colour                      – red                   horse                       – buggy                   sibling                      – rivalry Sibling rivalry has existed as long as we’ve had siblings! In Biblical times we had Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brother problems. In children’s stories we have […]

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Kids & Drugs

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT DRUGS – IF YOU DID DRUGS (your experience may actually be an advantage) 1.THIS ISN’T ABOUT YOU. We all want to warn  our kids against the dangers of drug use. But the single biggest reason so many of us are reluctant to start the conversation is because we’re afraid we’ll be asked that uncomfortable question: “Mom – Dad  . . . did you do drugs?”  So lets start […]

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Teenage Girls and Alcohol

  “Drink for drink, alcohol is more dangerous to young women than it is to young men, even after adjusting for differences in height and weight. Alcohol abuse appears to damage girls’ brains differently and more severely than the same degree of alcohol abuse affects same-age boys. These facts are well established among researchers who study alcoholism, but they are not as well known as they ought to be – maybe in part because gender […]

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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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Phone: (519) 485-4678
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“We are foster parents who took in a 13 year old girl (going on 18!) and she ran us through the wringer. Rick helped us learn how to set limits that made the difference.”

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