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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.

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

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

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

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.

Removing a child from a traumatic environment does not remove the trauma from the child's memory.

When a child is disregulated - is the time parents need to be regulated.

"Moody" and "unpredictable" are adjectives parents will often use when referring to their teenagers.

The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

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

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Foster Parents Working With Birth Parents

 

 

The Children’s Aid Society has a legal responsibility to provide care for children who, for a variety of reason are unable to live with their birth family. The preferred arrangement for most of these children is to live temporarily within a foster home and work towards the reunification of the family. A respectful working relationship between the foster parents and birth parents can provide an essential ingredient in the reunification process. This workshop explores practical ideas on how foster parents can facilitate healthy outcomes for children and their families. (3 hours)

Recognizing, Living With and Treating Depression in Young People

 

 

There is no sharp dividing line between “normal” mood swings of adolescence and depression. Parents are the key people to recognize signs of depression and recognition is the first step toward getting help.(3 hours)

This workshop clearly explains:

  • what depression is
  • how to recognize it (it’s more than moody)
  • how common is it
  • the difference between depression in adults and young people
  • the risk factors
  • the warning signs
  • survival tips for the family
  • dealing with discipline and conflict
  • what parent’s can’t do
  • what is bipolar, schizophrenia
  • the nightmare of suicide
  • treatment options
  • what does the future hold

Healing a Teen’s/Child’s Grieving Heart

Quite naturally we grieve over the loss of anything important. If the loss is great, the very foundations of life are shaken and we can be thrown into deep despair. Life can be cruel for children also. When children suffer the loss of a precious relationship, grieving results (death, divorce, uprooting, foster placement, foster home breakdown, etc.) and it is an especially painful experience. This workshop explores practical ways for a caregiver to help a young person heal a grieving heart. (2 hours)

4-5-6 Magic

Thomas Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic has been magic for many families with children in the 2 to 12 year age range. 4-5-6 Magic picks up where 1-2-3 ends and teaches parents new tricks on how to use the same proven principle with 13 to 18 year olds.

The younger the child-the more control the parent has!

The older the child – the more control the child has!

4-5-6 Magic helps parents steer their way through the minefield of adolescence.

Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you to the skills, techniques and strategies required to assess and control a wide range of behaviour problems (example: aggression, destruction, non-compliance, swearing, school problems, tantrums, sibling quarreling, etc). You will learn how to determine the underlying causes of the inappropriate behaviours, develop logical interventions and establish a monitoring system to evaluate progress. Suitable for parents, teachers, day care, social workers, etc.




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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

“Our daughter was the joy of our life until she turned 13, then all hell broke loose. Rick helped us understand what was happening to her and we made some adjustments that helped us get through it. She’s now in University and doing well.”

(D.A. – St. Thomas)