Fidget Spinners: Hardly a Solution for ADHD or Anxiety
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Fidget Spinners: Hardly a Solution for ADHD or Anxiety

Why all the fuss about fidget spinners?   This year’s summer fad, in Ottawa and around the world, isn’t an exotic toy or a video game. It’s a little, metal device that spins.   That’s right. It spins.   How much entertainment could spinning really provide, in this age of virtual reality mainstreaming and endless...

5 Summer Bonding Ideas to Build A Relationship With Your Teen
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5 Summer Bonding Ideas to Build A Relationship With Your Teen

Summer is here in Ottawa, and soon our high-schooler’s will be out of school!   Summer vacation is a yearly occasion parents see as an opportunity to grow and strengthen their relationships with their children. Parents cook up a variety of ideas, some of which succeed and many of which fail. Learn from these experiences with Ottawa Youth Counselling to ensure...

4 Do’s and Don’ts for Monitoring Teen’s Internet Use
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4 Do’s and Don’ts for Monitoring Teen’s Internet Use

In 2017, parents need to teach their children how to responsibly use the internet. Problematically, many parents don’t even have the skills they need to be teaching their children! If you find yourself struggling to teach your child how to responsibly use social media, online gaming, or the internet in general, Ottawa Youth Counselling can help....

How to Maximze Your Teen’s Ability To Learn
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How to Maximze Your Teen’s Ability To Learn

The adolescent mind is a chaotic one. Not only is the brain going through a critical period of growth and transformation, but during this period is forced to learn new forms of thinking; and how to cope with new types of feelings. As adults, we have passed through the gauntlet of adolescence. Our brains have developed, and often...

How Kids Learn to Be Helpless
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How Kids Learn to Be Helpless

Many kids who struggle at school do so not because they are incapable of success, but because they have learned to believe that they are. This is a psychological phenomena known as Learned Helplessness; a sense of powerlessness that we often develop at a young age as a result of traumatic events, or persistently failing to succeed at a particular tasks.  ...

Who Are You, and What Have You Done With My Kid?! Understanding Adolescence: Part 2 of 2
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Who Are You, and What Have You Done With My Kid?! Understanding Adolescence: Part 2 of 2

So we’ve gone over the neurological, psychological, and social changes that characterize adolescence in Part 1 of this 2 part article, so now it’s time to approach the question: ‘What do I do about it?’ A step-by-step guide isn’t appropriate, as each family relationship is going to vary greatly, and require a tailored approach. That...

Who Are You, and What Have You Done With My Kid?! Understanding Adolescence: Part 1 of 2
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Who Are You, and What Have You Done With My Kid?! Understanding Adolescence: Part 1 of 2

Parents with young teens understand better than anyone that adolescence is a period of substantial change for their children, but also their relationship with them. Our kids take their first steps into forging their own identities, deciding for themselves what they want out of life. Often, their decisions are bad ones. As parents, we want...

Finding a Part-Time Job That Doesn’t Suck
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Finding a Part-Time Job That Doesn’t Suck

Finding and working a part-time job, for many, is a simple rite of passage through the teenage years. With no experience or demonstrated workplace skills, teens are required to seek and find jobs at the bottom of the ladder wherever they manage to get hired. The nature of these jobs is often extremely demanding, providing little...

5 Red Flags of Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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5 Red Flags of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a term that is used to describe children who engage in a consistent pattern of angry, argumentative, defiant behavior for a period greater than six months. Every child has his or her moments of defiance and opposition, a simple rite of passage for all youth, and something that all parents expect to...

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