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

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

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

"To be a man, a boy must see a man."  (J.R. Moehringer)

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

Criticism is not a motivator.

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

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

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

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

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What Does a Depressed Teen Look Like?

WHAT DOES A DEPRESSED YOUNG PERSON
LOOK LIKE?

– persistently sad or irritable mood
– loss of  interest in activities once enjoyed
– significant change in eating or sleeping
– loss of energy
– feelings of worthlessness
– feeling of inappropriate guilt
– difficulty concentrating
– recurrent thoughts of suicide
– frequent physical complaints – headaches, etc.
– school problems – absences, cutting classes, drop in performance
– outbursts of shouting, complaining, irritability, crying, anger, hostility
– excessive boredom
– social isolation
– alcohol or drug abuse
– fear of death
– extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
– reckless behaviour

 
“SIGNIFICANT” changes is the operative word

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Workshops

+ 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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Contact

2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

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

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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Parents' Comments

“We are foster parents who took in a 13 year old girl (going on 18!) and she ran us through the wringer. Rick helped us learn how to set limits that made the difference.”

(G.E. – Strathroy)