Tag Archives: youth

Is it hormones or mental health? What every parent needs to know.

I heard shouting down the hall… then crying. My daughter entered the room with an empty mug in her hand and she’s sobbing. “She spilled my hot chocolate.” So we are crying over…. spilled hot chocolate? Understandable behaviour if she … Continue reading

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Why I hire a teen to babysit my kids

Have you ever hired a babysitter to watch your kids? I have a few times and it’s been great. I am lucky to have family nearby who babysit my kids, but we find ourselves saving these asks for when we’ve … Continue reading

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Helping your child feel good: building self-esteem not just confidence

The other night I was watching Grown Ups 2 and while laughing at the parenting scene in the video below, I also started thinking about self-confidence and how I have been building this character strength in my children. I am … Continue reading

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New tobacco products are gaining popularity with our youth. Know the FACTS!

This week is National non smoking week and I’d like to start by saying we have a lot to celebrate. Smoking rates have decreased over the last decade, especially in our youth. Hooray! Decreasing tobacco use by teens is definitely something to … Continue reading

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Is there really anything wrong with this generation of kids?

There we were, sweltering in an excruciatingly humid auditorium in a tiny church in our small town on the hottest evening of the year.  The room was packed with the parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and neighbours of the brave little … Continue reading

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The Sleepy Teen Years

I remember what it was like to have two teenage sons who were always exhausted and never seemed to get enough sleep. Being that both are well over six feet tall, I assumed they were just tired from growing so … Continue reading

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