Wood's Homes Blog

Self-care vital when caring for child with mental health issues

November 23, 2018

The latest statistics show that approximately 1.2 million children in Canada have some kind of mental health condition. From depression to anxiety, the Canadian Mental Health Association says that “genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors” can all lead to the development of a mental illness.

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Cannabis: How to talk with your teen after legalization

October 17, 2018

As of October 17, 2018, cannabis for recreational consumption will be legal in Canada.

And, whether you like it or not, your teen (and their friends) will probably try it.

While the minimum age for buying, using, possessing and growing recreational cannabis in Alberta is 18 (the same minimum age for the sale of alcohol and tobacco), it’s very likely that your teen will be exposed to the drug before that age. 

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Back to school: How you can help prepare your child

August 17, 2018

It’s that time of year again! From shopping for school supplies and new indoor shoes, to squeezing in those last few summer adventures before the fall routine sets in, parents are busy getting their children ready for the upcoming school year.

Although going back to school is a very exciting time, we also know it can be a time of increased stress, anxiety and behavioural concerns for both students and their families.

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How to educate your children on rainy days

June 12, 2018

Rainy days can be a letdown for our children. Those long hours stuck inside can easily cause restlessness and boredom. Fortunately, the internet is here to help. Thanks to kid-friendly websites, you can easily create fun activities that can keep your children educated and entertained no matter the weather.

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13 reasons why season two should not be viewed alone

May 23, 2018

It was last May when I first wrote about the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, providing parents with information about the contents of the show, how to talk to their teens about watching it (or not) and even suggesting that parents watch the show WITH their teens, if possible. This past weekend, Netflix released season two and, despite my reservations after watching the trailer, our family watched it... and I can honestly say I'm really happy we all watched it together.

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FASD from a father's point of view

May 03, 2018

The call went out for people to speak to their experiences about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD and I thought it would be nice to add the perspective from a Dad on the subject: So here I am.

Who am I? I suppose it would be a good idea to share where I'm coming from and what experience I have thus far.

You see, we have a son who has FASD and for the past decade my wife and I have been on a journey of discovery, frustration, and overall understanding of what FASD is, and how we can assist in our son's development.

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The importance of family routines & rituals

April 24, 2018

Family routines and rituals can often be entwined in daily interactions between family members, though, it is important to remember that that they are also distinct from one another (Spagnola & Fiese, 2007). Family routines can provide structure for families and help them organize everyday tasks, they are also repeated regularly and accommodate the needs of all family members.

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4 Essential Tips for New Parents with a Disability

April 05, 2018

We hear a lot about the struggles of parenting a child with a disability, but we don’t hear as much about the flipped script. According to research, nearly 4 million American parents are doing the hardest job in the world while living with a disability themselves. The road is tough, and new parents with disabilities will face challenges they could never predict. Being prepared - especially in the home - is the key to success. You can do it. Here are some tips.

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School avoidance: Tips for parents

March 01, 2018

‘I hate school’ and ‘I am not going’ are some phrases commonly used by some children. For many parents, these phrases can cause feelings of dread and frustration, especially when they realize they’re going to be late for work and/or their child is going to be late for school.

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5 tips for having a productive family meeting

February 21, 2018

Regular family meetings can be a valuable tool for families to build open communication, resolve conflict and teach problem solving skills. They can be regularly occurring events happening consistently, or called by a family member if they have a particular item requiring discussion. 

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