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We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

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

Being a parent of a teenager can cure a person of narcissism.

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

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.

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

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

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

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

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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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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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