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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.

Criticism is not a motivator.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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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Phobias

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation typically disproportional to the actual danger posed. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of phobias  (see – www.phobialist.com).

Some of the more common ones are:

  • dogs                                  Cynophobia
  • Friday 13                         Paraskavedekatriaphobia
  • thunderstorms               Brontophobia
  • loud noises                     Ligyrophobia
  • nighttime                        Nyctophobia
  • snakes                             Ophidiophobia
  • spiders                            Arachnephobia
  • writing tests                 Testophobia
  • dentists                           Dentophobia
  • hospitals                        Nosocomephobia

Some that seem particularly odd: (at least to me !)

  • becoming bald           Phalacrophobia
  • bathing                         Ablutophobia
  • beds                              Clinophobia
  • clocks                           Chronophobia
  • colour purple              Porphyrophobia
  • mother-in-law           Pentheraphobia
  • peanut butter              Arachibutyrophobia
  • politicians                   Politicophobia
  • sitting down               Kathisophobia
  • teenagers                     Ephabiphobia

Phobias can interfere greatly in a persons enjoyment of life. Thankfully there are a number of treatments available including:

  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • counter conditioning
  • hypnosis
  • systematic desensitization
  • antianxiety medications

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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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