Category Archives: Teenagers 13-19

Screen Time Research – Who to Believe?

http:// Many parents worry about screen time, especially after reading the latest study that involves children their children’s ages. However, how does one sort through the myths from the facts? It is becoming increasingly difficult. Screen time addiction was not … Continue reading

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How To Get Kids To Do Chores and At What Age?

Parenting expert, Judy Arnall, discusses the democratic, non-punitive way to get kids (and partners!) to help around the house! What Chores When? 2-3 years old (done with adult) Empty small wastebaskets Put on pj’s Pick up trash in yard Wash … Continue reading

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The Science of Attachment Parenting

What is the scientific purpose of attachment parenting? In short, attachment parenting provides the child stress relief. Every child experiences stress and it impacts the body by triggering a stress response. Emotions such as fear, loneliness, sadness, frustration and unhappiness … Continue reading

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Childhood Assault Must Be Made Illegal

It is an election year, and Prime Minister Trudeau promised to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report recommendations.  One of those recommendation’s is to remove the legality of children being assaulted.  Ask the MP candidates what they are doing … Continue reading

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Video Games Gives Kids A Bigger Academic Edge Than Homework

Excerpted from the book, Unschooling To University (and College too): Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content. Games are just another food on the buffet of learning Children love their technology and parents know it. If you treat screen … Continue reading

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The Power of Positive Reinforcement

My comments in an article in Today’s Parent regarding positive reinforcement: https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/positive-reinforcement-one-parenting-trick-everybody-needs/ Read the full article here

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When Do Children Understand “Consequences?”

Why is it so difficult to teach children that actions have consequences?  The question might be, “Why do children not choose the best course of action?” It is difficult because of caregiver/parent’s unrealistic expectations of children’s brain development. Honestly, I … Continue reading

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Are Consequences Punitive?

In groups, I get asked all the time if consequences are punitive.  It depends.  Consequences are natural outcomes that occur if a parent intervenes or not.  Yes, consequences happen to kids all the time when they are out and about … Continue reading

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Respectful Cell/Mobile Phone Contract

CELLPHONE CONTRACT FOR DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP Watch newsclip on non-punitive cellphone contracts A Contract for Digital Health and Safety between Parent and Child Date:_________________ CHILD I agree to always ask you for help, explanation, advice and information regarding anything I can’t … Continue reading

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Consequences or Problem-Solving?

In parenting classes, I often get asked the following question: When I give my 11 year-old daughter a consequence, she insists that I am being mean to her. I believe that it is respectful discipline. What is the difference between … Continue reading

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