Chores: Raising Helpful Kids

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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When Kids Just Want More Stuff at the Holidays

As parents we want our kids to feel the magic of the season and the spirit of giving but they just want MORE STUFF! And when they get the stuff? Tears and meltdowns and “It’s not fair!” when it’s all over. How can we help our children appreciate the giving as well as...

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7 Tips to Beat Holiday Stress in Your Family

Holiday concerts, travel, school vacation, parties, relatives visiting, late nights, too much sugar = holiday stress! Messed up routines and and holiday overwhelm can really turn our families upside down. The busyness and overwhelm at this time of year can bring out...

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Special Time

Like most of us, you probably feel it’s a daily challenge to find the time to connect with your child. We know how important one-on-one time is but at the end of the day we realize that all we’ve done is move our children through the schedule. Get up, dressed, to...

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Halloween candy solutions!

“What are we going to do with all this candy?!” This will be the question of the day after the kids go to bed on Halloween night… I have really mixed feelings about candy- you probably do as well.  Kids love it!  Can you think of a better treat than candy?  My kids...

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Parenting Hack: The Kid of the Day

If you are tired of the bickering about whose turn it is, or who gets to sit in the preferred spot on the sofa- here is your solution! Liz, mom of 3, a client of mine and a member of my Facebook group, shared the best parenting hack ever: The Kid of the Day. (watch my...

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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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Your Guide To An Easier Daycare Transition

“When are you going back to work?” well-meaning friends and family want to know. Half of them assume you are going to be devastated to be away from your baby- the other half laugh that they bet you can’t wait to start the daycare transition. The truth? Could be...

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2 Surprising Rules To Stop Sibling Fighting

Do you want to reduce sibling fighting? Try this: Your kids don’t have to share and they don’t have to play together. When I share these guidelines with parents they are often surprised. We want our children to be generous and learn how to share. We want our children...

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