Start your child’s school day mindfully: An interactive and easy activity to set up at home

With all the uncertainty in the world, our children require as much structure and predictability as possible. They also need positivity and peace. I’ve made the difficult decision to keep my son’s home for at least the first part of the school year and I understand that this can be stressful for them – theyContinue reading “Start your child’s school day mindfully: An interactive and easy activity to set up at home”

Talking to your Child or Teen about Tragedy

It seems like more and more frequently, we find ourselves bombarded with media coverage about tragedies that occur randomly and unexpected.  School shootings.  Bus accidents.  Innocent children and youth dying. Acts of violence towards strangers.  Sometimes, watching the local news can be more terrifying than the movies and television shows we “responsibly” use our parentalContinue reading “Talking to your Child or Teen about Tragedy”

Upcoming Groups Coming to Orangeville

  My colleague, Uresha Salgado, and I are excited to announce that we are preparing for groups that we would like to have in the Orangeville area for parents and youth!  We are hoping to launch our first groups in January/February 2017 and are looking for topics that are suitable and needed in the OrangevilleContinue reading “Upcoming Groups Coming to Orangeville”

When you need more than “I don’t know”: The High/Low Game

The school year has finally begun and you are dying to know how your child’s day went.  How was their teacher?  Were their peers nice to them? Did they find the work hard? So you ask your child and, after a long pause where you think he or she is thinking about a response, youContinue reading “When you need more than “I don’t know”: The High/Low Game”

The Importance of Bedtime Routines with Children and Youth

Does your child/youth have difficulties falling asleep at night?  Do you find them walking in and out of their room, making several excuses about why they are still awake (“I have to go to the bathroom”, “I am thirsty”, “I forgot to tell you something”)? Are you a child or youth who has been findingContinue reading “The Importance of Bedtime Routines with Children and Youth”