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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)

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

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.

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

If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

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

Whining and crying are employed by kids for the purpose of getting something. If it works, then it was worth the effort and will be repeated.

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

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.

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

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PARENT / TEACHER RELATIONSHIP

 

Your child will spend 6 hours a day in a classroom with his teacher. That works out to about 1200 hours per year. It is a good idea to touch base with the teacher early in the school year to demonstrate that you care deeply about your child’s  education and that you wish to be a contributing team player in the process. It is important that this first meeting have a positive tone and establish a communication system that works for the teacher (i.e.. phone, e-mail, text, classroom blog, etc.). If or when the teacher identifies an area of concern about your child, it is most productive if you direct the discussion towards ways to solve the problem as early as possible. It is also a good idea to share strategies with the teacher that were successful in previous years and at home.

Sometimes situations arise and a difference of opinion occurs and you are unable to reach and agreement with the teacher. Becoming angry with the teacher usually leads in a direction that is unhelpful. It is much better to remain calm and ask the teacher to include the principal or learning resource teacher in searching for a solution.

Assuming that a suitable solution to the issue is found, I would strongly encourage you to show your appreciation to the teacher by sending a note to the principal expressing your gratitude for the manner in which the school responded to you and your child.  Your relationship with the teacher (and principal) will set the tone for the entire year.

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+ Behaviour Management

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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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