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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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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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“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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Helping Teens Build Self-Esteem: What a Parent Can Do

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

Helping Teens Build Self-Esteem: What a Parent Can Do

It’s the start of a new year, and for your teen that means final exams, summatives and the start of a new semester. If your teen is in Grade 12 they may be into post-secondary and scholarship applications, as well. It’s a stressful time for parents, as we want our teens to do well in school and struggle when we feel they aren’t achieving their full potential – if only they could focus on their math test studying the way they can with Facebook! We point this out to them and remind them (repeatedly) to do their homework, study for their tests, as well as tell them (again) about how important their grades are for university and their future success. While we do...

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