Criticism: Making it Help – Not Hurt

October 22, 2004 by

There will always be times when unpleasant things have to be said. And if they’re not said, problems will fester. The skill of communicating your concerns without alienating the other is valuable. Being able to hear another’s concerns about your behavior, and to learn from him/her, is a useful skill too. Giving Criticism This must […]

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Posted in Personal Growth.

Rules for a Happy Married Life

October 21, 2004 by

1. Never both be angry at once. 2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire. 3. Yield to the wishes of the other as an exercise in self-discipline if you can’t think of a better reason. 4. If you have any criticism, make it lovingly. 5. If you have a choice […]

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Posted in Marriage & Relationships.

Heritage Languages: Tapping a “Hidden” Resource

October 21, 2004 by

Our children are born with the ability to become bilingual, if not multilingual. Yet the majority of children will never speak more than one language. And this is true for the majority of Canadian children born of parents who speak another language in addition to English. For most of them, learning English will mean the […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting.

Interview with a Child Psychologist

October 21, 2004 by

Longtime child and family psychologist, Nancy Michel, is interviewed here by psychologist, Simon Hearn. Simon: How did you get into working with children and families? Nancy: I’ve always enjoyed working with children. I find them intriguing. As a psychologist, it’s a nice place to be, working with people who have a long life ahead of […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting, Therapy.

Coaching Your Child’s Emotions

October 21, 2004 by

One of my most vivid memories of my childhood occurred when I was five. My father, an agonomist and farmer in Saskatchewan, had taken me on a trip to look at ponies, two of which he was considering buying. Having never ridden before, I begged to ride one. Although I don’t remember how I got […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting.

In the Company of Each Other

October 21, 2004 by

When our children are difficult or when we are disappointed by their behaviours, we may sometimes seek assistance from our loved ones. We may also read a book on parenting to get some guidance to better understand what we could do to improve the situation. Among the recommendations given, we may be advised to provide […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting.

Proactive Preteen Parenting

October 21, 2004 by

As a parent of four children who range in age from elementary to early teen years, I rarely feel like I am meeting every parenting challenge with great success. No other thing I do challenges me to the extent that parenting does. Despite the books I’ve read, classes I’ve taken (and taught!), nothing has prepared […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting.

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