School-Age

Tantrums Can be Avoided (Most of the time)

Hi, I remember thinking how fortunate I was that my kids didn’t tend to have tantrums. It was a lovely Spring day when this thought passed through my mind and we were heading home. The kids were hungry and tired, … Continue reading






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Why you want to get involved with your child’s school

Happy New Year, It’s the start of a new year and a time to assess where we want to put our time and energy. Our children’s education is important to us and we want to ensure that things are going … 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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Children Should Have Rights Too

Hello, Last week there was a flurry of media activity discussing the question of physical punishment of children. The Vancouver Province covered it as a front page article with a short video on their website. Come and take a look. … 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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Family Meetings That Work

Hi, One of the great ways to handle the chaos and stress that can come with scheduling school, extra-curricular activities and family responsibilities is to have regular family meetings. School is less than a month away and this is a … Continue reading






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