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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

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

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

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.

"Unexpressed feeling never die. They are buried alive and come back later in ugly ways." (Stephen Covey)

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

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

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

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

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

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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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+ 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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Phone: (519) 485-4678
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