Family Concerns

Baby Talk Leads to Baby Talkers

Hi, From the first word out of our children’s mouths to the long descriptive stories they love to tell as they get older, language is an important piece of child development.So today we’re going to take a quick look at … Continue reading






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Manners Matter

Modelling Manners for Your Children A while back I saw an article lisitng rules for entertaining like a grownup. The exact rules were not the point; the real point was that once we’re adult and beyond the poor student stage, … Continue reading






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What if your child just won’t budge?

Hi, Some kids go through a stage of being stubborn and others are born that way. Whichever is your reality, having a stubborn kid can wear down the most patient of parents. So what can you do? What if your … Continue reading






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Grandparents as Caregivers

Hi, For those of you who live in the Lower Mainland, the Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool is hosting a workshop on March 2, 2016. You can learn all about it here. As most of you know, I love being … Continue reading






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Rewards for Marks — A Good Idea?

Hello, I received a question about rewarding children for marks. Marjorie, Mom of Katie says: “The last time report cards were handed out in my daughter’s grade two class, she discovered that her friend gets rewarded with money and small … Continue reading






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Children’s Manners Are On Show During the Holidays.

Hello, When you sit down for a family dinner during the holidays, will your kids know how to behave? What about if they receive a strange gift from their aunt? Now is the time to be thinking about your kids’ … Continue reading






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Fitting Into a New School Mid Year

Hi, You and your kids have settled into a school routine and life is going well. Or was until yesterday when you learned that you have been promoted. Good news, right? Well yes and quite an honour. Trouble is you … Continue reading






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The Biggest Risk is Keeping Kids Indoors

Hello, Children’s play is an important topic for discussion. In my book, But Nobody Told Me I’d Ever Have to Leave Home I say “Play is the essence of childhood. If we want our kids to grow up to be … Continue reading






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Should We Put Our Kids First?

Hi, If we put our kids first, will we raise spoiled brats? Or is it our job to put them first? What about the difference between their needs and wants? And should we sacrifice for our kids? The Prime Directive … Continue reading






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How to Choose a Legal Guardian

Hi, I am writing this just before leaving for a one-week holiday. So I’m going to keep this short and simple. A few weeks ago I wrote an article for the North Shore News about naming a legal guardian for … Continue reading






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