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Relationships and Parenting

To Parents of Young Children – We Wish You a Merry Holiday Season

For parents of young children, the holiday period can mean stress and overwhelm from family dynamics, seasonal responsibilities, and the pressure to create a magical experience for the little ones. Dr Jessica Corbeil shares some science-backed tools and advice to help parents navigate this demanding time and foster a harmonious holiday season for themselves and...
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Accepting Our Parents

Dr. Simcha Samuel invites us to take a thoughtful look at ways our past experience informs our present, and how recognizing and accepting our own parents' fallibility can help us more fully accept ourselves in our own roles as parents.
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Emotional Validation vs. Gratitude: Are They Incompatible?

When faced with a situation where our feelings are mixed, emotional validation and gratitude are two responses that can be seemingly at odds...but are they really? Therapist and PhD/PsyD Candidate Nada Kadhim explores how the two can actually go hand in hand to reflect a truer, more helpful understanding of the emotions we experience.
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Time for change: thriving through stressful academic transitions

For many, summer represents a stress-free pause before getting back to the regularly scheduled program. However, for some, the summer before a major transition is rife with anticipatory stress. Dr. Stephanie Correia introduces a few key points to consider if you are supporting a student or if you are navigating an academic transition yourself!
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Punishment: why do we use it and what can we do instead?

Many of us come from an upbringing where punishments were common, and we have been taught that using punishments is the main way to discipline a child or correct behaviour. But is it really the best way? Dr. Vanessa Kurdi want us to reconsider what we know and think more deeply about why we reach...
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How Do I Respond To My Child’s Worries?

How best to respond when your child feels anxious or worried? Should you crack a joke to distract them? Reassure and say there’s nothing to worry about? Protect them from the source of their distress by avoiding it? Intuition often leads us in those directions, but the best strategies may be ones that help our...
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“Treatment Resistant Teens”: Making Therapy Work for Adolescents

Exploring and understanding reasons for a teen's reluctance to therapy - from fear of judgment, pride, or feeling forced by an adult, to prior negative experiences in therapy, disinterest, or confusion about the process - can help prevent mislabelling teens as treatment resistant. Dr Amanda Plokar shares pointers for parents to consider that can help...
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Can Staying Home From School Help a Student?

School is where young people form relationships and learn lessons that will impact their futures but for children and teens in some situations, going to school can also be a major stressor. Can taking a break be a help or a hindrance to their well-being? Short answer: it depends. Dr. Sara Colalillo takes a look...
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The Kid You Have Versus The Kid You Expected

This is an intimate and beautiful observation from Connecte psychologist Dr. Simcha Samuel which speaks directly to the tender and complicated parental journey of discovery that happens between ourselves and our kids.
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What is my child’s behaviour telling me? The Circle of Security as a roadmap for understanding and meeting your child’s needs

Stéphanie Correia introduces us to The Circle Of Security, a great tool for parents and caregivers to better understand children's attachment needs as they navigate the world around them. Mapping the flow between a child's dual needs for independence and safety, this beautifully mindful approach helps parents find the sweet spots for responding to those...
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