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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.

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

When a child is disregulated - is the time parents need to be regulated.

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

"To be a man, a boy must see a man."  (J.R. Moehringer)

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

Criticism is not a motivator.

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

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

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First Day of School

 

“Back To School” sales are just around the corner and legions of little children will soon begin “Big School”. This can be a stressful time for both the child and the parents. Before your child starts school, it is helpful if your child can independently:

  • do up his own shoes
  • put on and take off his coat
  • take care of toilet business – clothes, flush, wash
  • blow his nose
  • use a knife, fork & spoon
  • wait for attention
  • take turns
  • share
  • return toys, etc. to rightful place
  • recognize his own belongings
  • recognize his name in print
  • make his needs known
  • follow simple instructions
  • appropriately use pencils, crayons, markers,paintbrush, scissors, glue, etc.
  • recognize and name the letters of the alphabet
  • knows and recognizes the numbers to 10
  • can count objects to 10
  • knows the basic colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and black
  • knows the basic shapes: circle, triangle, square, rectangle
  • knows basic coins: nickel, dime, quarter

The bottom line is, your child will benefit most from his first months at school if he is able to take care of his personal needs with a minimal amount of assistance.

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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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“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)