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

Parenting style matters - a lot!

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

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.

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

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

Children today are under enormous pressures rarely experienced by their parents or grandparents. Many of today's children are being enticed to grow up too quickly and are encountering challenges for which they are totally unprepared.

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

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

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

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I am pleased to once again be invited by the Parent Council of Davenport Public School in Aylmer to present a free workshop on April 9. The Parent Council has opened this training up to anyone who has an interest in teenagers.

Title:    Parenting a Teenager Without Losing Your Mind

Place:  Davenport Public School

80 Rutherford Ave.

Aylmer, Ontario

Date:  April 9, 2013

Time:  6:30 – 8:30 P.M.


  1.  Developmental changes in adolescence  (a shift in power)
  2.  7 parental “Hot Buttons” and  7 “Button Busters” (7 ways they “tick us off” & 7 ways to defend)
  3.  2 reasons why teens push our ” buttons” ( 1 is obvious – the 2nd is not so obvious but you MUST know it)
  4. A false assumption that leads to trouble
  5.  The 2 most common discipline mistakes by parents (avoiding these mistakes will make a world of difference)
  6.  Top teen consequences (your teen doesn’t want you to know these ! )
  7.  8 tips on using consequences effectively
  8.  When to save your “ammo” – the MBA’s( a sanity saving concept)
  9.  Rules for establishing rules
  10.  Teens and driving
  11.  Tough Love (for the really “tough” situations)
  12.  How to talk to your kids about drugs – if you did drugs !
  13. more

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage 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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2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario

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

Email: info@rickharper.ca


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)