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The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

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

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

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

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

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

Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

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Reading Rescue – the sequence -step 1

The initial skill required in reading is to be able to match a specific sound with a letter.

Example: “m” says ___________

“s” says ____________

Reading Rescue uses Cue Cards to help children make the connection between letter and sound. On one side of the Cue Card is a printed letter and on the other side is a picture of an object that begins with that letter. Simple games are used to teach the sound of the letter and the goal of this step is for the child to automatically reproduce the sound for each letter without having to even think about it. The letters in the alphabet are divided into 3 groupings and progress to the second and third groupings only when the current grouping is mastered.The letters are presented at a pace appropriate for the child and it is critical that he/she achieve success and have fun.

Group # 1 – m,n,r,s,l,c,g,t,w,b (you may teach these sounds in any order)

Group # 2 – a,e,i,o,u,z,k,y,h,v  (begin teaching this grouping with the short “a” sound

Group # 3 -b,d,p,f,j,qu,th,sh,ch

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+ 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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