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

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

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

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

The best inheritance  parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

"Moody" and "unpredictable" are adjectives parents will often use when referring to their teenagers.

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

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

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.

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

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Dealing with Temper Tantrums

No two children are the same. There are no universal disciplinary techniques that apply to all children. There are however, some general principles to keep in mind: tantrums are normal in young children tantrums are vehicles to teach valuable life long lessons children manifest tantrums most often: a) when their wishes are not met b) when they are tired or hungry 4. your appropriate response is critical and will determine if your child learns those [...]

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Parent /Child Relationships

A good foundation for a smoothly functioning household is warm parent-child relationships. Enjoying fun times together with your child is good for its own sake, of course, but it also helps to keep everyone on the same side, wanting what’s best for each other. The easiest children to discipline are the ones who want to please their parents. If you spend much of your time with your child nagging and correcting, it’s worth giving some [...]

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What Does a Depressed Teen Look Like?

WHAT DOES A DEPRESSED YOUNG PERSON LOOK LIKE? – persistently sad or irritable mood – loss of  interest in activities once enjoyed – significant change in eating or sleeping – loss of energy – feelings of worthlessness – feeling of inappropriate guilt – difficulty concentrating – recurrent thoughts of suicide – frequent physical complaints – headaches, etc. – school problems – absences, cutting classes, drop in performance – outbursts of shouting, complaining, irritability, crying, anger, [...]

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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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