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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

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