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About Andrea

Andrea Nair considers all aspects of the person when she welcomes someone for counseling and when she undertakes any research, writing or speaking engagements. She works as a psychotherapist, holding credentials as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Andrea has quite naturally branched out from her counseling role into speaking, facilitating and publishing her work in the field of parenting, and she has even written a fictional novel which draws on a composite of clinical situations she has gathered during her practice. As a parenting coach, Andrea’s dream is to continue to expand her messages – empowering parents everywhere to tap into their own natural talents and strengths. She explains to parents how they can understand and overcome negative influences from their own pasts which may be impeding them, and how to use proven parenting techniques to raise self-confident and resilient children who are fully able to excel in this ever-changing world.

Staying Strong as a Couple While Parenting Little Ones

When couples share their exciting news about having a baby, part of me cheers for them, and part of me sends them a quiet wish. This wish is to hang in there, because life after a baby is incredibly different than before. I see articles about how to increase your connection when babies arrive, or [...]

January 17th, 2016|Gaining Empathy, Understanding Emotions|2 Comments

Try This Parenting Trick to Make Tidy-Time Easier

You may have heard of the parenting technique called when/ then. It's where you encourage cooperation by engaging the front-brain with calm, helpful instructions like this: "When I am finished drying these dishes, then I'll be able to help you with the puzzle." (Instead of "just a second!") There are many variations of the when/ then: [...]

January 14th, 2016|Techniques & Tips|0 Comments

“What Can I Do? I Don’t Like My Child Right Now”

I was listening to a mother tell me how much of a “jerk” her five-year-old was. She explained that he was “out to get her,” and “trying to make her life miserable.” With a deep sigh, she told me she didn’t want to be with her son, which made her very sad. “I mean, I [...]

January 4th, 2016|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

Enraged to Calm: Try This Parenting Technique

Here is a parenting technique to try when your child’s body is taken over by his or her fight-or-flight reaction (I call that being run by the “back-brain”). Often when this happens, aggressiveness, shouting, and even violence occur. As with most techniques I suggest, it begins with our ability to stay calm and keep our [...]

January 2nd, 2016|Techniques & Tips|4 Comments

My Most Shared Parenting Posts of 2015

I learn a lot about what is most helpful for parents by examining the posts that get shared more widely than others. This year was very interesting, as five of the top most read and most shared posts that I wrote were all about techniques! In particular, posts with tips and tricks to help raise [...]

December 29th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|0 Comments

3 Tips To Increasing A Child’s Frustration Tolerance

Frustrated kids can be hard to manage and hard on our sanity. I have had days where I did everything possible to reduce any frustrating experiences for my child, wincing at the first sign of an oncoming tantrum. It turns out that if we are trying to control our children's environment so they don't get [...]

December 27th, 2015|Gaining Empathy, Understanding Emotions|2 Comments

How “Mixed Feelings” Influence A Child’s Behaviour

It is easy to feel that our children are selfish or trying to hurt us when they are little. Young children can be quite rough! Did you know that two-year-olds are actually the most aggressive beings on earth? It is helpful to know that children aren’t throwing, hitting or shouting at us because they are [...]

December 26th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|2 Comments

Five Things I Did To Improve Our Homeschooling Experience

Since telling my friends and family we made the big decision to start homeschooling, a common question I hear is: “So? How’s the homeschooling going?” I’m going to be honest and tell you that up until about a month ago, I was saying, “Sometimes it's rough.” On a few occasions I have hung my head, [...]

December 9th, 2015|Articles, Experiences in Action|2 Comments

A Complete “Taming Tantrums” Parenting Toolkit

Knowing what to do when our children are upset is commonly one of the biggest parenting challenges. Tantrums can feel unrelenting and take all the energy out of us. When my three-year-old was having multiple tantrums every day, I desperately needed to better understand what was going on in the mind and heart of young [...]

December 2nd, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Quick Parenting Resource Guide

My husband, a family doctor, and I have created this one-page parenting resource guide for paediatricians and other primary health care physicians. It would also be helpful for daycares and preschools. I wanted to post it here so you see which resources we recommend for the most common parenting concerns adults ask their physicians regarding: [...]

November 23rd, 2015|Techniques & Tips|0 Comments