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The best inheritance  parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

Hurt people hurt people.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

Good parenting requires sacrifice. Childhood lasts for only a few brief years , but it should be given priority while it is passing before your eyes

Removing a child from a traumatic environment does not remove the trauma from the child's memory.

Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

Children do not develop on their own - they only develop within relationships.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

When a child is disregulated - is the time parents need to be regulated.

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Foster Parents Working With Birth Parents

 

 

The Children’s Aid Society has a legal responsibility to provide care for children who, for a variety of reason are unable to live with their birth family. The preferred arrangement for most of these children is to live temporarily within a foster home and work towards the reunification of the family. A respectful working relationship between the foster parents and birth parents can provide an essential ingredient in the reunification process. This workshop explores practical ideas on how foster parents can facilitate healthy outcomes for children and their families. (3 hours)

Recognizing, Living With and Treating Depression in Young People

 

 

There is no sharp dividing line between “normal” mood swings of adolescence and depression. Parents are the key people to recognize signs of depression and recognition is the first step toward getting help.(3 hours)

This workshop clearly explains:

  • what depression is
  • how to recognize it (it’s more than moody)
  • how common is it
  • the difference between depression in adults and young people
  • the risk factors
  • the warning signs
  • survival tips for the family
  • dealing with discipline and conflict
  • what parent’s can’t do
  • what is bipolar, schizophrenia
  • the nightmare of suicide
  • treatment options
  • what does the future hold

Healing a Teen’s/Child’s Grieving Heart

Quite naturally we grieve over the loss of anything important. If the loss is great, the very foundations of life are shaken and we can be thrown into deep despair. Life can be cruel for children also. When children suffer the loss of a precious relationship, grieving results (death, divorce, uprooting, foster placement, foster home breakdown, etc.) and it is an especially painful experience. This workshop explores practical ways for a caregiver to help a young person heal a grieving heart. (2 hours)

4-5-6 Magic

Thomas Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic has been magic for many families with children in the 2 to 12 year age range. 4-5-6 Magic picks up where 1-2-3 ends and teaches parents new tricks on how to use the same proven principle with 13 to 18 year olds.

The younger the child-the more control the parent has!

The older the child – the more control the child has!

4-5-6 Magic helps parents steer their way through the minefield of adolescence.

Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you to the skills, techniques and strategies required to assess and control a wide range of behaviour problems (example: aggression, destruction, non-compliance, swearing, school problems, tantrums, sibling quarreling, etc). You will learn how to determine the underlying causes of the inappropriate behaviours, develop logical interventions and establish a monitoring system to evaluate progress. Suitable for parents, teachers, day care, social workers, etc.




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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you [...]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First [...]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain [...]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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Contact

2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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Parents' Comments

“Rick’s approach is so logical. He helped us clearly define the problem, analyze what has happened and select the best strategy. We now feel empowered to do something positive for our kid”

(A.N. – Tillsonburg)