Disparity: The Santa Conundrum

“Mom, is Santa Claus real?” As parents, as  purveyors of Christmas, we have all been asked. We all have an answer prepared. There is a pact among parents. An unspoken arrangement. The magical spirit of Santa is our responsibility to maintain. We take our task very seriously- it is not about the gifts and the … Continue reading Disparity: The Santa Conundrum

Are you subconsciously trying to make your kids straight?

Are you? I started the process of switching my 11 year old son over from his pediatrician to the family doctor. Yesterday we attended his first appointment with the Nurse Practitioner and as she chatted with him she asks a few casual questions to loosen him up. “What grade are you in? Where do you … Continue reading Are you subconsciously trying to make your kids straight?

The Fading Canadian Persona: Can it be saved?

Remember Canada the good? The peacekeepers? The leaders in health care and education? The nation who accept immigrants, because all but our First Nations people ARE immigrants? We aren’t those people anymore. It’s true. We aren’t. We’ve been riding the coattails of our former reputation for some time and less and less people are buying it. Including us

Parents: 5 steps to a friendly(er) divorce

Divorce is a slippery slope. Now there are such things as "friendly divorces", but we all know  3 people who have successfully pulled this off and  50 more, who have not. Inevitably the tension between divorcing partners spills into the environment and can create anxiety and and guilt in their children . Me ask them … Continue reading Parents: 5 steps to a friendly(er) divorce

5 things I learned about fostering communication in children with exceptionalities…

1) Be vigilante about positive reinforcement vs negative   reinforcement      So often we focus on the treats  and stickers and checkmarks our children earn while working towards a new goal as the source of positive reinforcement. For some parents this even creates another conflict because they feel they are being forced into a “bribe” … Continue reading 5 things I learned about fostering communication in children with exceptionalities…