What is the Goal of Child Rearing

On the face of it this may seem like a silly question. I think most parents would say something along the lines of their goal bein..

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What is the Goal of Child Rearing

04/16/2014 23:00:00 PM

On the face of it this may seem like a silly question. I think most parents would say something along the lines of their goal being to raise a happy, healthy, kind child that can function independently in the world as an adult. Depending on your part

Should technology be used as a babysitter?

04/15/2014 09:30:00 AM

Last time I indicated that electronics, particularly video games, smart phones, and TV watching, can be beneficial when used to engage, interact, connect and build relationships. Such as family movie nights, face time or Skype, and playing video game

Sibling Fights

04/13/2014 08:52:00 AM

Believe me when I tell you that when I was growing up as the youngest of four, I was involved in many a fight. Later, as a mother of three boys, born just over two years apart, I witnessed at least as many.

Goodbye Bottles, Hello Solids!

04/10/2014 15:24:00 PM

Starting solids is an exciting time for babies because they are finally getting to taste the food they watch you eat! Be prepared for a bumpy ride: One day, baby will scrunch her face and blow raspberries at you in disgust. She may even gag, spit it

5 Things Parent's can do to Help their Anxious Child

04/08/2014 14:49:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPI Does your child exhibit any of the following behaviours? Clinging, crying, and/or tantrums when you are away from him/her?Constant worry where it is affecting his/her ability to fall and or stay asleep on his/he

How To Break The News That You're Pregnant

04/04/2014 13:24:00 PM

There are all sorts of fun ways to let your friends and loved ones know you're pregnant, but telling your older children can be especially challenging when they are going to feel the most impacted by it, yet aren't the ones responsible for the situat

Parental Involvement in High School Can Increase Grades and Decrease Depression

03/26/2014 07:53:00 AM

High school is a tumultuous experience for many teenagers for a number of reasons. Along with the social, emotional, and physical changes that take place during this time, teenagers must face the added difficultly of navigating and preparing for thei

It’s Not Just About Milk: How Breastfeeding Relates to Parenting Practices

03/20/2014 00:30:00 AM

A recent article caught my eye and I thought I would spend some time here exploring it. At first, this study appeared to replicate many others in showing that breastfed babies grow up to perform better on cognitive assessments. This Journal of Pediat

Parenting Olympic Dreams

03/19/2014 10:47:00 AM

My daughter is 13.

Decreasing Parents Fear Around Technology

03/18/2014 16:08:00 PM

I have been noticing that there is a lot of fear around raising children and teenagers in the technology age.Whether it is because of the shame that the mommy wars creates, i.e. who let’s their child watch TV less; or all of the shame that comes fr

Preparing For Parenthood

03/15/2014 11:30:00 AM

Are you having your first baby?

The Mommy Competition: When comparing notes turns ugly

03/13/2014 15:16:00 PM

Sure you know her. You’ve seen her at the grocery store and turned the other direction. You’ve seen her at the park and pretended to be tying your shoe. She’s that kind of mom. The kind that wears a cashmere sweater to an Infant Gymboree class.

How to Manage the Defiant Child

03/11/2014 12:48:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPIAll behavior has meaning. Defiant behavior is no exception. Children are in constant pursuit of having their needs met: physically, spiritually or emotionally. As parents, we are responsible for helping our children get th

Parenting and Spiritual Growth

03/10/2014 08:40:00 AM

As a parent I have often felt frazzled and ready to throw in the towel. And when someone goes on about the joys of parenthood, I’ll go ‘blahde-blahde-blah’ inside and tune them out. What do they know, anyway?

How To Help a High Energy Child

03/04/2014 08:33:00 AM

There’s no denying that some children are just born with more energy than others. These children often need help channeling their energy and learning ways to keep their bodies under control. When helping a high energy child channel his energy, it

Talking To Your Kids About Alcohol Infographic

02/27/2014 07:00:00 AM

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Kindergarten Today: High Pressure or Good Preparation?

02/20/2014 00:00:00 AM

Kindergarten is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately as my oldest son is approaching that milestone this coming fall. We have already been attending school tours and hearing his preschool teachers mention skills and behavior that will be exp

Keeping Parenting Simple

02/18/2014 14:03:00 PM

As a parent, and as a person who helps other parents, I sometimes get sucked into the latest parenting trends, or the hottest parenting tips. I want to somehow use someone else’s parenting success that they had with their children on my own. Forget

5 Ways to Foster Independence in your Children

02/11/2014 13:25:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPI

Developing Musical Talent

02/07/2014 19:40:00 PM

I had the wonderful privilege today of accompanying our middle school choir as they visited our local elementary schools and performed for them.

A Home-Made Birthday Party Production

02/03/2014 07:57:00 AM

A Birthday PartyThe other day I decided to surprise my friend with an unexpected visit on the day of her sons’ sixth birthday, carrying a gift for the kid and flowers for the proud parents. I knew there would be a kids' party going on and I figured

Using CBT at Home: Encouraging Helpful Thoughts By Challenging Unhelpful Thoughts

01/28/2014 08:56:00 AM

I recently broke down a client’s metaphorical concern, and probably one that we all have. That is that we are in a hole, and the dirt is piling up on us, and that there is no way out. So, we grabbed a pen and paper and started drawing this. We drew

Helping Your Children Develop Friendship with Their Sibling

01/27/2014 17:37:00 PM

by Jason Caillier“We are family. I got all my sisters with me.”With those words, a catchy melody, and a funky beat, Sister Sledge’s song, “We are Family,” rose to number one on the R & B and Disco charts in 1979. The song celebrates family

Playing With Your Children Can Change How Your Family Functions.

01/22/2014 09:26:00 AM

Throughout my years as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I often get calls or questions from acquaintances regarding many different topics. Since I am also a Play Therapist, I am also asked about "normal" child behavior and what parents can do to decr

The Relationship Between Mothers' Fatigue and Interactions with Toddlers

01/16/2014 00:00:00 AM

As most mothers know, feeling some degree of fatigue on a daily basis is an almost inescapable part of early parenthood. Caring for small children takes a lot of energy and many parents are often caring for an infant (who may not sleep well) at the s

We’ve come a long way Baby! Tips for Breastfeeding in Public.

01/14/2014 07:00:00 AM

By: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPI As reported in the weekend edition of The Globe and Mail: Pope Francis baptized 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel this past Sunday and told their mothers, to have no qualms about breast-feeding them there. “If they are hu

How to Counter Negative Thinking

01/13/2014 08:55:00 AM

Dreading Is the PitsDo you sometimes find yourself dreading the day ahead, knowing how physically and mentally exhausting coming events are going to be? I do. Just thinking about how worn out I know I will to be, takes the wind out of my sails even b

Back to Work After Baby: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

01/09/2014 17:04:00 PM

Are you going back to work? The golden question every new working mom is asked. I anticipated people asking this question, but I had no idea just how hard it would be to answer it. The follow up question was even worse: Who’s going to watch the bab

Setting Goals with Children

12/26/2013 06:00:00 AM

With the new year just around the corner, many people's minds will turn to New Years resolutions. Despite the number of individuals who make New Year's resolutions each year, few achieve their goals. According to a study by the

Research Shows "Difficult" Babies are Most Influenced by Parents

12/19/2013 01:00:00 AM

More and more research is emerging on children's temperaments and how they may or may not affect a child later in life. Based on this research, it is becoming clear that how a child's temperament influences his/her later behavior has a lot to do with

Give the Gift of Time

12/17/2013 09:30:00 AM

The Holiday Season is truly upon us. Some people have completed their Christmas shopping, while the rest of us are envious of them. Especially as we spend our precious resource of time waiting in lines buying that 'perfect' gift.And it is hard not to

Maintaining Balance for the Holidays : 12 steps of Christmas

12/10/2013 15:06:00 PM

By: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPIIf trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy; life can feel like a three-ring circus. Add the festive season

Parents and Meditation

12/09/2013 09:00:00 AM

Imagine an average day of a parent of young children…

Setting An Example For Your Kids

12/06/2013 12:13:00 PM

I've always known it's important to be a good example to your kids, but I really underestimated my children.

Clean Up the Clutter and Create Some Calmness

11/25/2013 16:47:00 PM

by Jason CaillierSTILL A FEW MORE BOXESSeveral months ago, we moved to a new city in a new house. Having lived in our previous house for about seven years, we became accustomed to everything having "its place." If I needed a hole punch, I knew exactl

Toddlers Really Do Have Their Own Language

11/21/2013 09:24:00 AM

We've all been around toddlers who seem to have a language all their own. Sometimes Mom and Dad can understand this toddler-ease; sometimes not. Now, a recent study shows that toddlers really do develop their own individual language and grammar rules

How to train up a child: A commentary for the masses

11/20/2013 05:00:00 AM

So again this book How to Train up a Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl (c.2010), has caused a ruckus. The book as been read by hundreds, if not thousands of individuals, from parents, teachers, devout Christians, and scholars in social science fields

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