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

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

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

Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Don't wait for him to turn 10 before you reveal that you are not in fact the hired help whose job it is to clean up after him.

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Reading Rescue – the sequence – step 2 & 3

Step 2

Once the child can match and produce the correct sounds for the letters in grouping # 1, introduce the short sound “a” from list 2.

Step 3

The blending od sounds together is frequently a problem for some children. A Blending Book is used to address this problem. The child is shown a page with the letter “m” in view and asked to say that sound and hold it for a long time “mmmmmmmmm—-“. The teacher will undoubtedly need to model the correct way of saying “mmmmm”. The child is then shown how to hold the “m” sound and without stopping, slide into the “a” sound. The result should be a drawn out “mmmaaaaa” sound instead of separate sounds “m-a”.

The teacher will again need to model the correct pronunciation of the blended sounds. Once the child has mastered “maaa” sound, the third letter in the word is exposed and he is shown how to blend the 3 sounds together to make a 1 syllable word. Example : man, mat, map

there is a collection of short “a” words in the blending Book. It is again critical that the child achieve success and have fun (keep the lessons short, varied and use reinforcements). Practice the blending of the short “a” words until the child demonstrates a degree of mastery then introduce the other short vowel sounds in the same way at an appropriate pace. The sequence should be “a”, “o”, “u”, “i”, “e”.

The importance of mastering step 2 and 3 cannot be overstated. The blending of sounds together is the key to reading

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