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

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

The mistake that Sharon and I both made is we never set any boundaries.  (Ozzy Osbourne)

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

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

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

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

The more 2 parents differ in their approaches to discipline, the more likely it leads to trouble for the child.

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

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.

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A good teacher will attempt to fulfill the following roles for YOUR child and about 25 other kids  also. He/she will need your help and support;

  • teacher
  • counsellor
  • organizer
  • disciplinarian
  • encourager
  • mentor
  • book keeper
  • role model
  • assessor
  • file trip planner
  • social worker
  • hot dog money collector
  • coat finder
  • arbitrator
  • supervisor
  • paper pusher
  • fundraiser
  • nose wiper
  • musician
  • artistic director
  • report writer
  • mediator
  • parent substitute
  • confidant
  • lecturer
  • facilitator
  • curriculum planner
  • leader
  • tester
  • safety consultant
  • security officer
  • custodian
  • artist
  •  personal trainer
  • visionary

Your child’s teacher will play a very important role in the life of your child for the next year and beyond.


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+ 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

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca


Parents' Comments

“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.”

(G.E. – Strathroy)