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Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

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

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

Hurt people hurt people.

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

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. (Peggy O'Mara)

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.

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

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

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Brain Fact # 14

Dr. Larry McCleary (Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital) was asked the following question: What is the single most important brain-related idea or concept that you would like every person on the planet to fully understand?

His answer: “The most important take  home message about brain health is that we now know that no matter what your brain status or age, there is much you can do to significantly improve brain functions and slow brain aging. Unlike many things in life, our brain health is largely under our own control. I believe the valuable components of a well-rounded approach to brain health are appropriate nutrition, stimulating brain activities, physical activities and stress reduction.

Brain healthy nutrition – fatty, cold-water fish, vegetables, non-starchy fruits and nuts

Brain healthy stimulating activities – anything that makes you think: schoolwork, occupational endeavours, leisure activities, puzzles, formal brain training

Brain healthy physical activities – anything that gets your heart pumping: aerobic training and mix in resistance (weights) exercises and speed and agility routines

Brain healthy stress reduction – chronic, unremitting stress kills neurons, learn to balance life’s challenges and getting plenty of restorative sleep

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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)