First Day of School Worries? Here’s How to Help…

First Day of School Worries? Here’s How to Help…

If your child is starting school for the first time, or starting in a new school or with a new teacher, they might be feeling a bit worried right now. Here are some ideas to make the transition easier (for both of you!) If your child is anxious, talk about it. Ask...

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Ask Sarah: How do I get my four-year-old to listen to me?

Question: What do I do when my four-year-old is refusing to listen to me? For example, he was playing with his 18-month-old brother and he kept yanking his brother’s arm. He was told multiple times to stop but he just kept on doing it. How can I set limits with him...

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Ask Sarah: Tweens and Personal Hygiene

Question: I love that my daughter, 11, doesn’t care what her peers think about her appearance yet, but I want her to take care of herself without me becoming a nag. How do I get her to bathe, brush her hair, wear clean clothes and deodorant? This parenting advice...

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End Of School Year Anxiety

Is your child having a hard time right now? More meltdowns at home, tummy aches, trouble sleeping, not wanting to go to school, issues in the classroom? It could be end of the school year anxiety. Most of us parents think that back-to-school is the most anxiety...

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Baby Your Big Kid!

Is your child being needy particularly needy lately? “I can’t do it! YOU put my coat on.” Maybe you have a new baby and your older child is out of sorts? “I’m the baby! Carry ME!” (Or both!? “I’m the baby. You need to feed me!”) Here’s a quick and easy parenting tip...

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6 Words That Will Make You A Peaceful Parent

When it comes to our children and challenging behaviour, we often tell ourselves or hear from those close to us: He’s just seeing what he can get away with. She’s just trying to manipulate you. He’s pushing all my buttons. Terrible twos. Threenagers. “My kid is an...

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Chores: Raising Helpful Kids

Recently my oldest teenage son spent a good chunk of his weekend shovelling and moving earth by the wheelbarrow-fulls for a landscaping project. A neighbour with a similar aged son took me aside to ask how we got our son to do that- did we pay him? No, I answered, we...

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