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Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

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

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

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

Removing a child from a traumatic environment does not remove the trauma from the child's memory.

If you (parents) tend to overreact to your child's misbehaviour - your child learns that he can't trust you. Mom, Dad, stay regulated!

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

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

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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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Phone: (519) 485-4678
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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)