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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.

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

Parenting style matters - a lot!

Children do not develop on their own - they only develop within relationships.

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

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

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

Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

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.

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Behavioural Characteristics of FASD

Behaviour problems with individuals with FASD are a major concern for parents and schools:

  • learning disabilities

- academic

- ADD / ADHD

- speech and language

- information processing

- patterning problems

  • poor impulse control
  • inability to relate behaviour to consequences
  • no sense of connection to societal rules
  • poor short term memory
  • inconsistent knowledge base
  • poor personal boundaries
  • confusion under pressure
  • difficulty grasping abstract concepts
  • inability to manage his/her anger
  • inability to manage other’s anger
  • poor judgement
  • stubborn

These behaviours can be quite overwhelming to the child, parents and teachers.

It means that everyday there are problems, punishments, and frustrations.

The problems start at birth and frequently increase with age and are resistant to regular types of discipling and counselling.

School usually emphasizes the child’s problems.

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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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Parents' Comments

“Implementing Rick’s techniques and adhering to them is exhausting, but it is a healthy exhaustion rather than the detrimental exhaustion I used to experience.”

(B.F. – Woodstock)