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"Rules without relationship leads to rebellion" (Josh McDowell)

Criticism is not a motivator.

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

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.

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

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. (Peggy O'Mara)

Hurt people hurt people.

The mistake that Sharon and I both made is we never set any boundaries.  (Ozzy Osbourne)

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

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

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Reading Problems

 

Reading Problems

Dyslexia ( a reading/spelling disorder) affects nearly 8% of elementary school children and it can make school torturous. The best way to improve reading skills is by reading but finding books that interest children with dyslexia is no easy feat.

The following books are great for encouraging less than keen readers because they are funny, surprising and exciting.

  1. “Wolfman” by Michael Rosen

– a wonderful story for children as young as 5.

 

2. “Squish – Super Amoeba” by Jennifer & Matthew Holm

– a fun story about a Twinkie loving amoeba who has trouble at school.

 

3. “Brock” by Anthony McGowan

– a good choice for high school students with reading difficulties

– an engaging story with teenage themes

 

4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney

– a popular series for middle school age kids

– 3 movies have been based on this series

 

5. “Horrid Henry Robs the Bank” by Francesca Simon

– a “likeable bad guy” who will capture your child’s imagination and a great way for parents to discuss “right and wrong”

 

A knowledgeable psychologist is able to test your child for dyslexia and provide more direction on how to deal with dyslexia.

 

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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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