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The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

"To be a man, a boy must see a man."  (J.R. Moehringer)

"Moody" and "unpredictable" are adjectives parents will often use when referring to their teenagers.

"The thing that impresses me most about North America is the way parents obey their children"    (King Edward VII , 1841-1910)

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

If you (parents) tend to overreact to your child's misbehaviour - your child learns that he can't trust you. Mom, Dad, stay regulated!

Whining and crying are employed by kids for the purpose of getting something. If it works, then it was worth the effort and will be repeated.

The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

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.

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Parenting a Teen Without Losing Your Mind

This sanity-saving workshop explores the bewildering years of a teenager. What forces turn many delightful, talkative 11 year olds into moody, hormone-infused, self absorbed teenagers? What forces lead some of them “over the edge” into choices that include drugs, sex, booze, skipping school and crime? This workshop presents a philosophy and strategies that can help parents help their teens make the right choices. (formally “Teens in Trouble”).(6 hours)

Fostering – Take This Job and Love It!

“Fostering has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. It is also one of the most difficult . I’m not sure I can keep this up much longer”. (quote from a long time foster parent) Balancing the demands placed on foster parents is no easy task and not a job for the faint of heart. This workshop explores valuable insights into the “real world” of fostering – the good, the bad and the ugly. It provides practical steps foster parents can take to manage the stresses inherent in sharing your home and family with a child in need.

It’s A Guy Thing – It’s a Girl Thing

Be prepared for an “aha” experience! Are boys different than girls? Do they think, play, learn, hear, talk differently?

Finally modern science can now explain the many gender differences that influence every aspect of our lives. Understanding these differences will help parents in raising their sons and daughters and explain to married couples why their spouse thinks, talks and acts the way he/she does. This workshop is a good one to attend with your partner. (3 hours)

Dry Bed Training

Can “bed wetting” contribute to emotional problems? Research clearly says “yes”! Nocturnal enuresis is a common complaint that not only affects a child’s self esteem (helplessness, hopelessness, shame, guilt, ridicule,etc) but is also an unpleasant nuisance and inconvenience for the whole family (laundry, odour, vacation complications, expense, etc.) This workshop explores the latest research into the causes, effects and treatments and will provide you with concrete, practical ideas on how to help your child overcome bed wetting.




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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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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

“Our daughter was the joy of our life until she turned 13, then all hell broke loose. Rick helped us understand what was happening to her and we made some adjustments that helped us get through it. She’s now in University and doing well.”

(D.A. – St. Thomas)