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

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

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

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

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

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

Criticism is not a motivator.

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.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

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.

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Parenting a Teen Without Losing Your Mind

This sanity-saving workshop explores the bewildering years of a teenager. What forces turn many delightful, talkative 11 year olds into moody, hormone-infused, self absorbed teenagers? What forces lead some of them “over the edge” into choices that include drugs, sex, booze, skipping school and crime? This workshop presents a philosophy and strategies that can help parents help their teens make the right choices. (formally “Teens in Trouble”).(6 hours)

Fostering – Take This Job and Love It!

“Fostering has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. It is also one of the most difficult . I’m not sure I can keep this up much longer”. (quote from a long time foster parent) Balancing the demands placed on foster parents is no easy task and not a job for the faint of heart. This workshop explores valuable insights into the “real world” of fostering – the good, the bad and the ugly. It provides practical steps foster parents can take to manage the stresses inherent in sharing your home and family with a child in need.

It’s A Guy Thing – It’s a Girl Thing

Be prepared for an “aha” experience! Are boys different than girls? Do they think, play, learn, hear, talk differently?

Finally modern science can now explain the many gender differences that influence every aspect of our lives. Understanding these differences will help parents in raising their sons and daughters and explain to married couples why their spouse thinks, talks and acts the way he/she does. This workshop is a good one to attend with your partner. (3 hours)

Dry Bed Training

Can “bed wetting” contribute to emotional problems? Research clearly says “yes”! Nocturnal enuresis is a common complaint that not only affects a child’s self esteem (helplessness, hopelessness, shame, guilt, ridicule,etc) but is also an unpleasant nuisance and inconvenience for the whole family (laundry, odour, vacation complications, expense, etc.) This workshop explores the latest research into the causes, effects and treatments and will provide you with concrete, practical ideas on how to help your child overcome bed wetting.




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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)