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The gift of failure: What imperfection can teach kids about success

January 30, 2019

Well, it’s almost the end of January and we all know what that means – many of our New Year’s Resolutions have already lost their way. In fact, a recent study has shown that the majority of such resolutions don’t make it past Jan. 12. If you were one of the 80% of individuals who set unrealistic expectations that you weren’t able to meet, you were not alone.

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Part two: Managing the hard parts of the holidays

December 21, 2018

Although these posts use examples from the upcoming Christian holiday of Christmas, the same ideas can be applied to any holiday you celebrate.  All holidays have certain things in common - celebration, tradition, food and family.  Feel free to substitute and adapt whatever meets your family’s needs!

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Part one: Managing the hard parts of the holidays

December 18, 2018

Although these posts use examples from the upcoming Christian holiday of Christmas, the same ideas can be applied to any holiday you celebrate.  All holidays have certain things in common - celebration, tradition, food and family.  Feel free to substitute and adapt whatever meets your family’s needs!

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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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