Parents

I recently spoke with a recruiter for a local university who shared a common (and alarming) trend that many young people are applying without the ability to advocate for themselves as they are used to their parents advocating for them. Without the life skill of self-advocacy,...

Here's 6 steps you can take to bounce back from challenges, setbacks, mistakes and failures:⠀ 1. Accept that challenging circumstances/mistakes will happen. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from you will face challenges and make mistakes.⠀ 2. Acknowledge that each day you will...

Communities thrive when people work together for the greater good of the whole. Children learn skills such as responsibility, teamwork and collaboration through the opportunities they have to interact within their community. While it takes a community to educate a child, the role the parent plays...

I often share stories with young people about two big dreams I had. The first was my dream of singing the national anthem at a Blue Jays game. Despite being told no multiple times, my persistence helped turn that dream into a reality. The second was my...

The new school year is full of excitement and challenges. Young people worry about fitting in, liking their teachers, new classes and getting good grades. Not only do we as parents have the same worries, we also worry about managing lunches, homework, extracurricular activities, after school...

It's ok to say no. You don't always have to explain your decisions to friends. ⠀ Sometimes when we try to say no, people try talk us out of our decision. The more you try to explain, the less confidence you might feel sticking to it. ⠀ ⠀ Creating...

Q: Summer is coming and I don’t like being bored. Any suggestions to keep me busy over the summer? A: The summer can be a time filled with lots of laughter, fun, outdoor activities, getting together with family and friends, playing sports, attending festivals etc. However, for some,...

Recently I witnessed an adult reprimanding a child for bad behaviour. The child’s body language was hunched over, closed and defensive - not ideal for getting a message across. As parents and educators we want to teach valuable lessons that develop character and appropriate behaviour and...