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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.

Eight Ways to Reduce the Stress of Parenting Toddlers

Did you know that the most violent beings on earth are two-year-old children? A parent of one is certainly not shocked to hear this! While gathering information for articles about toddlers, I have discovered desperate posts like this on the Internet, “Two-year-old for sale. Cheap!” In order to parent children under four, adults need to [...]

November 15th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|2 Comments

How To Safely Introduce Screens To Your Child

We hear the warnings: too much screen time causes all kinds of problems for our kids. Obesity, low motivation, anti-social behaviour, reading lags, attention-type disorders or trouble, and addictions to the devices can happen when a young child becomes too attached to screens. Mobile devices can even be fodder for massive tantrums! We can’t blame [...]

November 7th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment

Six Tips For Getting Ready To Be A Parent

This is the information I really wish I had, and desperately needed, when I was pregnant. (This is a picture of me the night I went to a Police reunion concert six days before my due date!) I remember the first time I became pregnant. As an “older mom,” (I was thirty-five) I was very concerned [...]

October 29th, 2015|Experiences in Action|0 Comments

How To Get Children Reading When They Won’t Sit Still

Do you have a child who is constantly on the go? Here are ten suggestions to making sure they learn to read well. When I was a school counsellor, part of my job was to support teachers who had students that had a hard time sitting still. I encouraged those teachers not to attempt to [...]

October 19th, 2015|Experiences in Action|1 Comment

Sometimes We Just Need To Cry

I received this note from a female client, which I’d like to share with you (with her permission). I believe what she experienced is so helpful for parents. These are her words, which I have edited: Andrea, the most amazing thing just happened. As you know, I’ve been struggling with my oldest boy’s behaviour: so [...]

October 9th, 2015|Gaining Empathy, Understanding Emotions|0 Comments

Win A Signed Copy of Jimmy Fallon’s book: Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada

Tonight Show funny man, Jimmy Fallon, poured his creative energy into a cute book for toddlers called, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada. Frustrated that his now-two-year-old daughter, Winnie, said, “mama” as her first word, he was determined to change that for his second daughter, Franny. Fallon admitted that it is obvious what this [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Experiences in Action|19 Comments

Taming Tantrums: There’s An App For That!

I believe that clever, positive, neutral phrases can significantly improve toddler cooperation (I call “toddlers” children between one and four-years-old). One day I sat down to write the phrases I have discovered are really helpful for younger toddlers, and ended up with this list of thirty-three parenting gems: Stop Tantrums: 33 Phrases To Use With Toddlers. I [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment

What To Do When Your Baby Or Toddler Cries

I was looking through the book Baby Care Basics by Dr. Jeremy Friedman and Dr. Natasha Saunders who are pediatricians from The Hospital for Sick Children, and came across an important section entitled, “Interpreting Crying.” Not knowing what to do with a crying baby or child is one of the most stressful experiences a parent [...]

September 15th, 2015|Techniques & Tips|1 Comment

32 Phrases To Stop Tantrums in 3 and 4-Year-Olds

The trick to communicating successfully with three and four year-olds is to be clever, funny, clear, rested, and to have a method to calming yourself down as fast as possible. Children this age are often more aggressive and frustrated than they were as toddlers, so being aware of this and meeting their challenging behaviour with [...]

September 1st, 2015|Techniques & Tips|2 Comments

Parenting: How To Handle The “Fournado”

My phone has been ringing with requests from frustrated parents of four-year-olds—“Help! My child keeps freaking out and nothing I’m doing is working.” To answer this request, I enlisted the help of parenting educator colleagues, Kelly Bartlett and Andy Smithson. There are many factors which conspire to make parenting children of this age particularly challenging: [...]

September 1st, 2015|Gaining Empathy, Understanding Emotions|0 Comments