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

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

It's more effective to reward your child for being "good" (appropriate) than to punish him for being "bad" (inappropriate).

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

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.

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

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

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.

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

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

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What is Ritalin?

  • the chemical name is methylphenidate
  • it is an amphetamine
  • it is a controlled drug
  • it is in the stimulant class of drugs
  • it is a performance enhancer
  • it is a banned drug for international athletic competitions
  • it has an abuse potential
  • it is sometimes prescribed for narcolepsy (a sleep disorder characterized by recurring, irrepressible attacks of sleep during normal waking hours)
  • it used to be used for obesity
  • it is manufactured by Novartis
  • it is a small, bitter tasting pill
  • it comes in 3 strengths – 5 mg., 10 mg., 20 mg.
  • it is fast working  – approx. 20 – 30 minutes
  • it last 3 – 4 hours (the slow release versions lasts about twice as long)
  • optimal dosage is found by trial and error
  • there is no evidence of it being carcinogenic
  • dosages can be adjusted quickly and easily
  • there is no withdrawal problems other than “rebound” (ie. symptoms return)
  • it does not appear to accumulate anywhere in the body
  • it is metabolized quickly
  • there is a lengthy safety record

Stimulant medications such as ritalin are the mainstay of biochemical treatment for ADHD

Stimulants appear to allow some children to “put on the brakes” against distractions,impulsivity, over-reactions and frustrations.

They give a child’s “executive functions” a fighting chance.

What parents need most are ideas, because with ideas we get options. Rick Harper has been providing ideas to parents for over 40 years.

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+ Behaviour Management (now available online)

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you […]

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  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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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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