3 Summertime Activities to Strengthen Family Bonding

Family bonding during the summer is normal (and important!) for many families. It can be difficult to find activities that don’t require a lot of time or resources that they don’t have. Here are three fun and easy things that all families can do to build their bonds.

The Importance Of Mental Health Check-Ins With Children

Children are often left out of serious conversations about mental health because many fear they are too young to understand the complexity of what mental health is. However, it is essential to speak with children in a way that isn’t condescending or “dumbed down.” Does your child need help? CLICK HERE to see how we […]

ADHD & Stress: 3 Tools To Use When Your Child Is Freaking Out

Stress levels and preceptors are greatly changed when someone lives with ADHD. Therefore, they will require different types of advice and tools to help them through stressful times than non-ADHDers. Because their minds process things differently, they need more stimulating and engaging tools to help them (and ones that are simple and precise!). Fortunately, there […]

Nurturing Sibling Relationships

If you have more than one child, chances are pretty darn good that there is some sibling rivalry happening. They might love each other and play beautifully one second and the next they are screaming at each other or punching each other in the face. Younger children tend to be more physically aggressive, whereas older […]

Marching To Your Own Drum: Emphasizing Your Child’s Individuality

Marching To Your Own Drum: Emphasizing Your Child’s Individuality Your Child Is A Mini Human Sometimes it’s hard to look at your child and not see them as the precious baby that you brought home from the hospital. It’s difficult thinking about the moments when they would prefer to start standing on their own two […]

Attaching to Our Kids

Parenting, Calgary

Up until now, my previous parenting articles highlighted the importance of establishing a solid relationship with our children. Over the past several decades our society has changed dramatically and, somewhere along the way, we have lost our instincts to parent our children effectively. It is now time to learn to bring them back to us […]

Parenting 101: Showing Compassion and Empathy to Our Kids

The last article in this series outlined the concept of counterwill: If kids feel they’re being told what to do, they are less likely to be cooperative (even if it’s something fun!). Counterwill is part of necessary healthy development. Knowing this we can reframe our child’s behaviour and respond with compassion and empathy versus anger […]

Parenting 101 Series: Understanding Why Our Kids Say “No”

Otto Rank was the first psychologist to identify the term “counterwill,” describing our instinctual resistance to being forced to do something. We all know this phenomenon: the more someone tries to force us to do something, the more we dig our heels in. We first see this counterwill in action in toddlers, when “no” becomes […]

Parenting 101: The Secret

Parenting 101, Calgary

Every day I meet parents in search of strategies to help them manage their child’s behaviours. When I ask some more questions, I find that most of them have read countless parenting books, have surfed the web for answers and even watched the “Nanny 911” type shows in an effort to find some advice, of […]

My child has ADHD. Now what? Step 5: Create your support team

My Child Has ADHD, Calgary

As soon as you are able, it is essential to create a support team for your child. Together, you will collaborate to develop and implement a plan to promote your child’s development and ongoing success. Hopefully you already have a doctor and have met with your child’s teacher; these are the first two key people […]