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"The thing that impresses me most about North America is the way parents obey their children"    (King Edward VII , 1841-1910)

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.

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.

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

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.

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

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

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

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

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What Is Schizophrenia ?

- it is a cruel brain disease

- it constricts experiences

- it destroys opportunities

- it attacks all socioeconomic levels and nationalities

- it attacks about 6 people out of every 1000 in Canada

- rate in North America appears to be increasing

- MRI studies show structural abnormalities in some brains affected by schizophrenia

- it usually strikes in late adolescence / early adult years  - just as opportunities for most people are unfolding

- it can strike younger children but is rare

- many of our “homeless” have schizophrenia

- many inmates in our prisons are ill with schizophrenia

- individuals with schizophrenia are frequently victimized

- many individuals with schizophrenia do not receive treatment

- it is a disease that continues to baffle mental health professionals

- there is a history of abuse by governments – forced sterilization, lobotomies, persecution, execution, incarceration in prison

- often a repeating cycle of jail, hospital, street

- there is a wide range of symptoms

- there is no cure

- treatment is elusive but can be very effective

- schizophrenia is the single largest diagnosis for individuals receiving social assistance

- the financial costs of schizophrenia are staggering

- the human casts are unimaginable

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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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2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca


Parents' Comments

“We were so naive. We thought our son’s poor behaviour was just a phase he was passing through. Thankfully you led us ‘out of the wilderness’”

(N.S. – London)