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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

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

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

Being a parent of a teenager can cure a person of narcissism.

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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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NOL 2BO

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

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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“Rick’s approach is so logical. He helped us clearly define the problem, analyze what has happened and select the best strategy. We now feel empowered to do something positive for our kid”

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