Family Concerns

You Are Your Child’s Role Model

Hi, I was remembering one time when two of my nephews came to visit. My kids were preschoolers and these boys were about five years older. They were surprised by how interested our kids were in spending time with them. … Continue reading

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Tired of hearing your toddler say “No”?

Hello, The first time your little one stamps his foot and declares “No!” you may find it cute.  But the cuteness soon wears off and you wonder if that’s the only word he has in his vocabulary. You can change No … Continue reading

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Kid’s manners are on display during the holidays

Merry Christmas, I am a Christmas person but want to wish you all the best no matter how you celebrate the holiday. On Tuesday (Dec.19) I posted a link to an article about helping kids to handle unwanted hugs and … Continue reading

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Failure is the route to success

Failure Can Be a Gift Helicopter parents hover; they are always there to make sure that there are no bumps in the road for their children. Another aspect to this dynamic is the fear of failure. That is, fear of … Continue reading

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What Do Christian Churches Think About Physical Punishment

Hello, Recently, clergy, theologians, church leaders, Christian community members, students and academics met for two days at Queen’s University in Canada to discuss corporal punishment and law reform.  The forum was held in response to the TRC’s Call to Action … Continue reading

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Is Parenting Instinctive?

Hi, June in our area of the world is always uncertain. Every day is different. It often seems as if we have all four seasons at some point during the month. And then, in my experience, on about July 10 … Continue reading

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Is Sacrifice a Dirty Word?

Hi, Is sacrifice a dirty word? What is the line between meeting our kids needs and looking after ourselves? It can be a challenging decision. We’re going to take a look at this thorny concept today. The Prime Directive of … Continue reading

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Play is the Essence of Childhood

Hi, One of the joys of my life is watching my grandchildren play. They create fantasy situations, with stories and activities associated with the story they are creating including taking on different personas to fit the game. They involve their … Continue reading

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You Can Help Your Child Remember

Hi, Well it seems that no matter where you live winter is hitting with a vengeance. Now, I am on the west coast of Canada and compared to the rest of the country we get off easy. But, we aren’t … Continue reading

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Time Out NOT The Universal Answer

Hello, When I talk to people about child discipline they want a clear formula for how to change their child’s behaviour. So they look to time out and set rules in place for this choice. But that totally misses the … Continue reading

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