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Age Appropriate Consequences and Rewards for 14-17 Year Olds

By now those pubescent hormones should be well and truly raging! Nothing is fair; nobody understands them; and no one’s life is in any way more trying and unfair than their’s is. It’s during this period of puberty that setting consequences and following through on them becomes even harder for parents. Gone are the days […]

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Age Appropriate Consequences and Rewards 10-13 Year Olds

The most difficult thing about being a parent is having to say “No” or sit back and watch as our little darlings/terrors experience the consequences of their actions or inactions. Experiencing for themselves both the negative consequences and positive rewards that result from their behaviour, is the only way “adults in training” (our children) can […]

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Age Appropriate Consequences for 5-9 Year Olds

The cold wetness seeped through the thin cotton of the clean socks Jen had pulled on only moments before. Screwing her face up, she let her head fall back and from between flattened lips hissed a tirade of unprintable words. That little sod has done it again, she thought to herself. He’s 8 years old […]

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How to Raise Kids with CANDo Attitude

I don’t know about you, but I really hope my kids grow up with the kind of kick-ass CANDo attitude that will help them go-get the life they want when they become adults. Whether they do end up CANDo go-getters will be down largely to me: 1) making sure they grow up feeling good about […]

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Why Respect Elders?

We’re hell-bent on doing it our own way these days but there’s much to be said for the “listen to your elders” saying. Respect your elders and listen to them!  Not because they have all the answers and they’re always right, but because they’ve had more experiences of being wrong than you have… Just because […]

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Teaching your Kids Skills for Living

Parents these days are apt to shove the responsibility for teaching their children essential life skills onto the schools.  This attitude is causing a huge gap in their education meaning too many children are growing up unable to function as responsible and effective adults. We need to get in touch with our Inner Imp Honesty […]

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Learning to Say No

Do you find yourself constantly picking up after other members of the family? Do you feel compelled to do things when you know the right answer should be “No”? What about at work or with homework? Are you constantly saving the day or rescuing colleagues or your children? If you’re a CANDo get-up and goer […]

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