Nov
01
2017

Getting Your Family Through the "Dark Days of November"

November can be hard on families. Here's what to do to help everyone...

January has been billed as the “saddest month of the year,” but did you know that November is the one most likely to spark meltdowns, stress-reactions, and freakouts? I call this month the “Dark Days of November.” It’s true! In my line of work, it’s quite common this time of year to hear from parents, students, and teachers who are at the ends of their ropes for many different reasons.

Thankfully we can guide our families through the month of November so everyone comes out the other end reasonably intact.

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Sep
19
2017

Stop Tantrums: 33 Phrases to Use With Toddlers

Quick parenting ideas to improve life with a toddler.

Here are some parenting phrases that can help increase a toddler’s cooperation and reduce tantrums. The delivery of these lines usually goes better with a smile or goofy face.

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Long Time Running: A Tragically Hip Documentary for Everyone

This movie is the lasting piece we will all get to revisit when we’re missing them or wishing we could see one more show.

Long Time Running: A Tragically Hip Documentary for Everyone

Andrea Loewen Nair is a former teacher & psychotherapist, now Head of School of Infinity School in London, Ontario Canada. She specializes in the connection between parents and their children. She has been our most-read writer at YMC for 2013, 2014 and 2015! Andrea's parenting help can be found here and through her website where you'll find parenting resources like the Taming Tantrums online book and I Feel Like A Bear! feelings flashcards. 

www.AndreaLoewenNair.com

Aug
26
2017

8 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Parenting a Toddler

These concepts are important for parenting little ones

Did you know that the most violent beings on earth are two-year-old children? A parent of one is certainly not shocked to hear this!

While gathering information for articles about toddlers, I have discovered desperate posts like this on the Internet, “Two-year-old for sale. Cheap!”

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Aug
24
2017

5 Ways To Get Through Tough Parenting Moments

Parents, Please Don't Be Discouraged

Raising young children is hard work. We all have days that are harder than others (as do our children). Sometimes the weather keeps us stuck inside, the babies keep crying, and the toddlers keep hitting. Sometimes we're at our parenting best, and sometimes we're not.

Let’s admit that some days raising little ones can be more grueling than rewarding. Did you know that two-year-olds are the most violent beings on Earth? There’s a reason Seinfeld said, “A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.”

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Mar
27
2017

The Four R’s of Correcting A Child

When correction is necessary, here's how to go about it

After reading my Being Mindful Of Your Nice To Nag Ratio post, I heard from K.J. Dell’Antonia at The New York Times Well Family Blog. She wondered, “What do you do when you have to correct a child because it is necessary, as in the case of a special needs or speech issues?” This is a great question!

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Mar
15
2017

Alternative Education Options are On the Rise

New School Models are Putting the Focus on Kids

In the process of considering what is the best way for my own children to learn, I’ve spent time discovering more about what hurts and helps children when they are at school. We are in the midst of exciting times in education where hundred-year-old methods are now being examined with a critical eye. It’s also a time when the level of stress in kids is higher than before. Perhaps the combination of these two things will finally bring about real change in education as a whole.

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Mar
07
2017

I Promise, Parents of Toddlers: You Will Feel Rested Again Someday

People who promised me it would get better were right.

I felt a little guilty yesterday as I rolled through the airport with one small carry-on bag and my purse – and nothing else. I remembered days as a mom of two young kids carrying a stroller and three bags (two crisscrossed over my chest and a backpack overtop that), sweating my way in and out of a bathroom and over to the departure gate - never mind getting myself and the kids through the flight intact!

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Mar
03
2017

Parenting Bravely: How to Increase Our Parenting Confidence

Trust in our parenting abilities helps our families be strong.

One of the most-shared parenting articles last year was the Maclean’s magazine cover article: The Collapse of Parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up. I am quoted in this article, although I don’t entirely agree with the way the content was weaved together or presented — I’m more of a fan of titles which help parents feel supported than berated.

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Feb
27
2017

Parenting Mantra: Give Experiences Over Things

Most adults remember moments more than the things they had.

When I think back to all the wonderful Christmases I had with my family, I can’t remember a single present I received. Rather, I recall that my Dad got the BBQ going through science gadgetry when it was -30 degrees for our “surf and turf” meal, that we often sang at the table, and that we jived in the living room after dinner.

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Feb
13
2017

Helpful Tips for Your Visit to Ste. Anne's Spa

Treat yourself with this great spa experience to recharge your life.

Ste. Anne’s Spa is about ninety minutes east of Toronto along the 401 Highway, situated on 500 acres of beautiful farmland and forested area.

I haven’t had the opportunity to get away for a vacation for quite sometime because of a new business venture, so I decided to visit Ste. Anne’s Spa with my dear friend, Erica Ehm, as a mini-vacation of sorts. 

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Jan
26
2017

Sleepwalking Tips: How to Help Your Sleepwalking Child

Plus reasons your child may be walking in his or her sleep

We’ve encountered a new situation in our house that has caused me distress and concern: a sleepwalking child.

One night my husband and I were sitting downstairs watching a movie when quietly and suddenly (my children usually walk like elephants) one of my children appeared in the kitchen walking towards us. As he came closer, I could see his eyes were open but were glazed over and distant. We talked to him but he didn’t respond so finally we realized he was sleepwalking.

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