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Five barriers to tough-love parenting

Increasingly, educators and media pundits are prompting parents to take a firmer stance with their children, when it comes to their children’s bad behaviour. So, why aren’t parents willingly coming to the party? It’s a complex history that’s led to this 2017...

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Sibling Rivalry

I remember someone once saying to me that not many kids end up in hospital as a result of sibling rivalry - and I think that is probably right. The odd fight here or there is par for the course and likely to happen to kids in nearly every family I know. And, I think...

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Turning 13 – Adolescent brain development

Research now supports what parents have long suspected – that the teenage brain is different than the adult brain. New findings show that the greatest changes during adolescence are to the parts of the brain that are responsible for functions such as self-control,...

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Teenagers exerting self-control

By the time your offspring are starting high school, you should have to rely less on outside-in parenting strategies and more on their new and improved ability to exert self-control. And more than just noting this improvement, which is a good thing, I will say this....

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Rising Violence in Youth

  There have been reports of a number of violent incidents involving young men in the media recently.  As well, assaults seem to be on the rise. So, what is causing this?  Obviously alcohol and drugs play a part, but in my opinion, an under-estimated factor is...

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