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Good parenting requires sacrifice. Childhood lasts for only a few brief years , but it should be given priority while it is passing before your eyes

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

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

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

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

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

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

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

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

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

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Young & Bipolar

YOUNG & BIPOLAR
 
Bipolar = episodes of extraordinary energy and racing grandiose thoughts alternating with periods of    deep, perplexing depression (manic depressive)
 
                  Manic state:
                                    – great energy
                                    – unrealistic “highs”
                                    – go without sleep for days
                                    – rapid speech, flipping topics
                                    – intensely focus on activities or projects to the detriment of everything else
                                    – marked increase in sexual interests- risky sex,  masturbating
                                    – alcohol & drug abuse
                                    – reckless driving
                                    – normal inhibitions gone
                                    – flying thoughts but they do not make sense
 
                  Depressed State:
                                    – deep paralyzing depression
 
 
MOOD SWINGS ARE:
                  – extreme
                  – extensive
                  – potentially self-destructive
 
 CAUSE
                  – not known
                  – imbalance in brain chemistry
                                                      – serotonin
                                                      – norepinephrine
                  – strong evidence of genetic predisposition
 
 
 
80% of Bipolar adults have suicidal ideation
40% of Bipolar adolescents attempt suicide
15% do eventually commit suicide
25% of suicides victims have Bipolar
Bipolar can exist with other mental diseases complicating treatment
Bipolar is a serious mental disease that can be lethal
 
 
 
TREATMENT
                  – medications       – lithium
                                                      – anticonvulsants
                                                      – long term
                  – prognosis for Bipolar is optimistic with  proper and consistent treatment

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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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