Education

Let’s help Jared!

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A child in our community needs our help– A 7 year old boy named Jared, was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) in November 2014. He has a tumor located in the area of the brain that controls breathing,…

RAISING CHARITABLE CHILDREN

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I was 8 years old when my Uncle Jeffrey lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis. His life was cut short at age 27 but characterized by courage, determination and impressive accomplishments including graduating from Dentistry School.

Letter from a Struggling Student

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Dear Teacher, I know you might not think that I care about my grades, but I do. I’m the one about whom everybody always says, “If you just try harder and apply yourself, you would get such high grades,” and…

Homework & Cell Phones

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When giving workshops to parents, one of the most common questions that I am asked is what to do about kids who can’t separate themselves from their cell phones during homework time.

Validating Your Child’s Feelings

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I recently came across an article in Psychology Today called The One Emotion That Really Hurts Your Brain, which discusses a study’s findings that humiliation makes the brain feel very uncomfortable. What struck me about this article, however, was not…

Finding Your Inner Musician at WIMA

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When my son, Aidan, was about 10, he started asking for drum lessons. My response was somewhere along the lines of, “No freaking way!”. The mere thought of having a drum kit in my house was enough to give me…

Lessons for Success

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One of my students was recently accepted to university. An unlikely candidate diagnosed with ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder, her high school dutifully explained that she was not meant for Cegep, let alone University. Instead, they suggested that she attend…

Getting Rid of Homework Wars: Step 1

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When I meet with students and tell them that they will have to spend time doing “planning work” before doing their actual homework and studying,they often look at me like I’m crazy. I’ve actually become used to that look and…

Understanding special needs

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Let’s start the conversation …  No one knows worry more than a mother who is concerned about her child’s development.  It’s even worse if you don’t know where to turn for guidance.  When it comes to concerns regarding our children’s…