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How to Stop Your ADHD Child from Talking Impulsively: Setting an Example for Mindful Talking

Impulsive Talking If you haven’t already noticed from my Facebook posts this week, I’ve been following a theme:  impulsive chatting. Here’s why I’m focused on it for the week: because it’s one of the most common issues parents of ADHD kids come to me about. I get asked all the time, “why does my child call out in class?” “Why does my child constantly chit-chat?” “Why does my child have inappropriate outbursts?” And the most common question is: “how on…

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Finding a New Groove: A Summer that Fostered Change and Growth (For Both my Son and Myself!)

Man, is it really October already? How did that happen so fast?  At the start of the summer, I made a vow to slow down and take more time for reflection. I needed to prepare myself for some of the bigger changes headed my way.   One of those changes involved my son.   Like it does every year, the first day of school appeared out of the blue. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for this next chapter. You see,…

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How a Doctor’s Appointment made me Open Up to Self-care

Hands Up If you’re brutal at self-care? (*slowly raises hand) We have all been hearing about self-care and the importance of it for a long time. Heck, I even wrote a blog about it a few months back. But, the truth? I am horrible at self-care.   That is, caring for myself.  And, if I am being honest, there was a time where I would roll my eyes at the self-care drum beaters who continuously raved about it. Well my unwillingness to…

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Deep Breaths and Do Overs

The screaming, swearing and fighting are endless. I just need it to stop! I don’t know what he wants, everything I give him he throws back at me or yells, No! Some days I feel like I am losing my mind. We have a lot of good days but there are days where the communication between my son and I are less than calm, open or easy. My son struggles to express his wants and needs appropriately. That’s especially true…

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Are you being the parent your ADHD’er needs?

Let’s talk about parenting strategies for a minute. If you have a child with ADHD, you may realize that you’re adapting your parenting strategy a lot. You’re probably constantly asking yourself questions like: Do the traditional strategies still work? Am I supposed to be parenting my child differently? Or, what am I doing wrong? What I will tell you is this: Our generation needs to stop parenting the way our parents did. These are some old sayings that need to…

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Job Posting: Summer Camp Counsellor

JDN Center for Children Camp Counsellor (Day Camp) Duration: June 27 -August 17, 2018 Set to work in an industry with children? Have a passion for connecting with others? Want to experience a life-changing summer? Then, we may have the summer job for you! Job Description The Day Camp Counsellor is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing core and non-core programs and experiences for children in a small group setting. They will also be responsible for the general safety and…

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What are we doing with our boys?

Amanda, here. As I prepared to take part in the Women’s Health Day in Perth last month, I realized something: so many events and messages are focused on raising strong girls, girls who know and understand their worth, know that they are not second best, and that they are good enough. So powerful, right? I am a firm believer in this notion, especially since I know first-hand the struggles a woman faces specifically within the business world.   But it…

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Mindfulness Workshop For Kids: PA Day on April 27

Mindfulness has been proven to improve attention, emotional regulation, reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and helps to develop compassion for yourself and others. Children are naturally mindful. This day-long workshop will help your child further develop their mindfulness skills by learning the foundations of mindfulness through mindfulness movement, breathing and journaling. (sorry, parents – this is only for the kids!). We’re hosting a day-long mindfulness workshop for kids ages 8-12 on April 27, 2018 (a school PA Day!). It’ll be a…

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ADHD for Educators: Strategies for the Classroom

The latest ADHD research tells us that every classroom will include 1-3 children with ADHD. Struggles in the classroom are real for students of ADHD and their teachers/Support staff. Join us as we provide evidence-based solutions to help your ADHD students stay on task, complete work in class and learn how to manage disruptive classroom behaviours. Who: Teachers, ECE, EA’s – calling all those that support children in the classroom Price: $30 pp – space limited to 10 people When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6:30-7:30pm Where:…

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True Love

True Love What day is today? …February 13th – What? How could it be the eve of Valentine’s Day and I have not baked one cupcake, not a cookie or even a muffin. Oh, how I love and loathe Valentines Day. Truth be told, I am a hopeless romantic. However, I have slipped this year in baking cute and fun little treats for my boys to take to school. I always have great intentions – Pinterest the ideas, confirm the…

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