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If you are headed in the wrong direction as a parent - you are allowed to make a U-turn.

"Unexpressed feeling never die. They are buried alive and come back later in ugly ways." (Stephen Covey)

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.

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

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

The best inheritance  parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

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.

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

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.

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

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School Starts in 1 Month – 10 things to do to be ready if you child has ADHD

1. Review his I.E.P (Individual Educational Plan)

– consider which educational goals have been met and which ones still require accommodation

– meet with school team before school starts – bring last year’s report card, samples of work, discuss what worked last year, discuss goals for this

year and the accommodations required

2. If the child is going to a new school schedule a visit before the first day

– locate his/her classroom, washroom, gym, library, office

– scout out the playground and which door to enter

3. Establish an organizational system

– colour coded binders for each subject. pocket folders for letters to home, homework sheets, completed work, etc.

– day planner

4. Create a home staging area

– near the door, equip it with a table, shelves, cubbies, baskets, whiteboard, etc.

– there should be a place for everything the child needs for school (backpack, homework, notices, lunch, running shoes, etc.)

5. Buy school supplies

6. Plan your child’s after school activities – sports, dance, music, clubs, etc.

7. Homework helper

– decide if your child needs additional academic help and make arrangements now

8. Establish a calendar in a central location that highlights special activities, extra curricular activities, sports schedules, birthday parties,etc

9. Review your child’s medications

– make an appointment with your doctor to discuss med changes that may be needed given the child’s age, size, increasing academic demands

10. Help your child set some learning goals

– ” What do you want to achieve this year?”

– “What are you good at ?”

– “What are your weak areas?”

Preplanning can go a long way to helping your child have a successful school year.

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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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