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Being Humbled, Becoming Whole: One of the Many Gifts of Parenting

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in All Articles, Parenting

It was just before 10am and I was expecting company for 10:30am. We were a solid, 5-minute walk from home, and I had timed our bike riding adventure at the community centre parking lot (it has lots of cool ramps for gliding) perfectly. I maximized our play time, being the “good mom” that I am, waiting till what I felt was the last minute before needing to gather us up and rush home to tidy before our guests, who have a consistently extremely tidy home themselves, arrived. I bundled my boys in the stroller, turned towards the street down the walk and that’s when we saw it: city trucks in the field across the street taking down a tree, chain saws and all, and turning...

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A Moment in Mindfulness – Sponsored by Wrigley’s

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Featured, Individual Counselling

A Moment in Mindfulness – Sponsored by Wrigley’s

It seems to be the word of the day; mindfulness. It lingers on everyone’s  lips but do any of us have time for it? Are we doing it right? And when should we schedule that in? In essence, mindfulness is about developing our ability to pay attention in the present moment. For many of us, much of our mental energy and emotional stress, is expended on and caused by our regrets about the past, worries about the future or judgments about the present. When we curiously and without judgment pay attention to the present moment, we can become increasingly aware of these negative thought patterns. This insight enables us to create more adaptive ways to respond to life’s...

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Talking Through Sensitive Stuff with your Teen

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in All Articles, Parenting

Sensitive issues come up often with teens, as they begin to get into more “grown up” things and their sensitivity to criticism or parental “butting in” may be highly increased during this phase of development. Here, parents can broach topics with empathic sensitivity and confidence – this is the best way to get a positive response from your teen! Use Reflective Listening If you are concerned about a particular issue with your teen (i.e. drugs, alcohol, sex, school, curfew, etc), try to get them to talk to you about it before you go in with a speech. Aren’t we tired of being the ones talking to them? However, often our need to have these sensitive discussions...

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Slowing Down to Smell the Roses – A Gift From Our Children

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in All Articles, Featured, Individual Counselling

Slowing Down to Smell the Roses – A Gift From Our Children

As summer rushes by and back-to-school season rapidly approaches, are we taking enough time to smell the roses with our children? They are curious little beings, always asking about the inner workings of things and the whys of just about anything – from the color of the sky to the way a bank machine works or why bees like honey – they seem to be wanting to take it all in as they go about their days. Although we are often very aware of how our children may extend the time it takes to complete a given task, errand or outing, we also often miss what a gift these delays can be. Benefits to Your Child When we slow our lives down to join our children we spend quality and...

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“Getting It” Ourselves to Avoid “Losing It” With Our Children

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in All Articles, Featured, Parenting

“Getting It” Ourselves to Avoid “Losing It” With Our Children

It happens to us all, regardless of all our good intentions – we “lose it” with our kids. Maybe it’s the end of the day and your boss was being even more demanding than usual, and when you walk through the door, your kids are immediately demanding things just like your boss! Maybe it’s the same situation that repeats itself over and over and drives you up the wall – why can’t Johnny just go to bed and stay in bed for once? There’s always something, like the glass of water, bathroom trip, or new fear that keeps him unable to go to bed without you. Whatever your situation is…it happens, and when you’re in that moment, you need to help yourself so that...

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