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Relationships and Parenting

What is my child’s behaviour telling me? The Circle of Security as a roadmap for understanding and meeting your child’s needs

Therapist Stéphanie Correia introduces us to a great tool for parents and other caregivers who want to better understand their children's attachment needs as they navigate the world. The Circle Of Security (COS) approach maps the flow between a child's dual needs for independence and safety with a beautifully mindful approach that helps parents find...
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Validation

Validation is a term we hear more and more these days, and in therapist Candace Kensley's work with couples and families, it is something that comes up in almost every session. What does it mean, why is it important, and how can we use it to build better relationships? Let’s talk about it!
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Connecting With Adolescents: A Guide For Parents

“People sometimes worry that if we offer comfort when children are upset, we are saying I accept your behaviour. What we are really saying is I accept your emotions.” - J. Milburn
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What We Didn’t Expect When We Were Expecting

As parents we don’t need to be perfect to be enough - there is a lot of value in being a “good enough” mom. Kids don’t need perfect parents. In fact, there is some evidence that helicoptering over our children makes it harder for them to learn valuable lessons about independence and making mistakes. Kids...
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What to do when Perfectionism hinders our relationships?

There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence or having expectations, but what happens when you find yourself taking things personally, feeling depleted, or thinking you are a failure because you received feedback from someone? If your perfectionism is causing you to act or react in ways that negatively impact your relationships, there are strategies...
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Boundaries

Our kids practice setting boundaries with us from a young age, to assert themselves through stages of growing independence, and also to learn what limits will be respected based on how we react. These transition times can be scary for parents, as we struggle with feelings of inadequacy,  loss or rejection. But when we handle...
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Parenting amid the Covid-19 pandemic: A time to practice self-compassion

We are all going to slip into self-critical talk at times in the coming weeks or months; the challenge is to catch yourself doing it and see if you can practice compassionate self-talk some of the time; that, in and of itself, is an important thing that we can model for our children.
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"I love you"

“Holding Space” for Others’ Distress: How to Be There for your Loved One Without Trying to Fix Their Problems

There are plenty of advantages to simply “being with” someone in their distress. In this blog post, learn what they are and how you can implement this in your relationships.
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Purposeful Parenting: Rethinking Discipline

Let us take a moment to reflect on the concept of discipline. What does discipline in your home look like? Read on to learn about "No-Drama Discipline", discipline with a goal of teaching your child.
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Romantic Relationships: What’s Self-Esteem Got To Do with It?

How we feel about ourselves impacts how we feel about our partners and our relationships. Read on to see why this is so.
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