10 Tips for Fewer Meltdowns on Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! For many kids, it's a time of great joy, excitement, and adventure as they dress up, run around with their friends, and get as much free candy as their little arms can carry in those oversized pillowcases! Halloween is Different for Kids who Struggle with Behaviour Problems If you have a child who has...[ read more ]

Six Tips to Make Play Time Enjoyable

If you are like many parents, you dread play time. You have had a long day, you're tired, you don't like barbies or puppets or superheros, and you just don't really know how to play with your little one in a way that they (and you, for that matter!) find enjoyable. If you are one of the few who love...[ read more ]

How You May be Unintentionally Teaching Your Toddler to be Aggressive

You may be unintentionally teaching your toddler to be aggressive. How so? And how can you teach them exactly the opposite? The other day, in the community, I observed a calm, quiet, toddler sitting with family for almost an entire sporting event, interacting with family members throughout. I was intrigued by the little one’s ability to stay sitting and focused...[ read more ]

What Kind of Parent are You? Parenting Styles and Child Outcomes

There are four different parenting styles: authoritarian, authoritative, indulgent, and neglectful. Each parenting styles is characterized by its unique combination of demandingness and responsiveness. Parenting styles are characterized by levels of parental demandingness and responsiveness. Demandingness refers to the level of control you attempt to have over your child's behaviour, or the level of expectations your have of your child....[ read more ]

What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Anyways?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy as a Therapeutic Approach There are lots of different therapists, with lots of different approaches to managing lots of different problems in childhood, from social skills, to anger management, to anxiety and depression, to issues of abuse and neglect. Different approaches to therapy have different levels of research backing their effectiveness for different childhood problems. Not all...[ read more ]

Three Ways of Dealing with Your Child’s Challenging Behaviours

If you have a child with frequent or severe behavioural difficulties, you no doubt have heard a lot of advice from a lot of different people. It's confusing, conflicting, and overwhelming - not to mention riddled with other peoples' judgment of all of the things you should be doing as a parent. All of the judgment and unsolicited advice-giving from...[ read more ]

New Perspectives in Parenting A Child with Behavioural Difficulties

Parenting a child with behavioural difficulties is challenging, no doubt, and it just doesn't seem like any of the advice you get from your parents, your friends, your child's Teachers, or other professionals is helping. Instead of improving, the behaviour just keeps getting more and more out of control. Ross Greene, Ph.D., is the author of the book, The Explosive...[ read more ]

Encourage Your Child’s Natural Talents

No two kids are the same. You hear this all the time. You know it. You get it. And yet, when it comes to your own children, you still find yourself comparing – are they learning too little, too slowly, or even too much, too quickly (particularly in the case for your pre-teens and teenagers)? Are they learning the “right”...[ read more ]

Your Children Teach You What Truly Matters, If You Are Willing to Listen

Your number one goal as a parent is to keep your kids safe, and teach them all of the hard lessons they will need to know to succeed through the many stages they will go through in life. From infancy, to toddlerhood, through their school years, and into their teens and young adulthood. By the time they reach their late...[ read more ]

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