Parenting Toolkit

Parenting Toolkit

Some Tips and Tools for your Parenting Toolkit This is not an article, but a few points that I feel are very poignant when raising teenagers. Try adding some of these to your repertoire, keep doing them if you already are, OR…try some out! Learn to tolerate the...
The Healthy Mind Platter

The Healthy Mind Platter

“The Healthy Mind Platter” developed by Daniel Siegel and David Rock, was first introduced to me when I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Siegel speak at a Psychologist Conference in 2013. I have since referred to it in many of my parent and student presentations, in...
Novelty-Seeking and Risk-Taking

Novelty-Seeking and Risk-Taking

“The only thing worse than taking risks in adolescence is NOT taking risks” — Daniel Siegel, MD   The above quote is one of my favourites from Daniel Siegel, a very influential adolescent psychiatrist. I repeat the quote often and I truly believe in it....
The Dad in the Dressing Room

The Dad in the Dressing Room

I had an awesome experience last weekend.  I witnessed a dad do an absolutely stellar job with his teenage daughter. I know there are so many great dads out there, but this particular exchange had to be documented 🙂 I was in the Banana Republic Outlet Store. I was in...
The Beauty of an Apology

The Beauty of an Apology

Nobody really loves to apologize. Except perhaps, Canadians – ha! But holy-moly, a perfectly worded apology goes a long way in the relationship with your teen (or any relationship, really!).  Of course, it has to be authentic and there is a pretty precise way to do it...

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