Overcoming Exam Anxiety in Ottawa
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Overcoming Exam Anxiety in Ottawa

With exam time approaching, many students find themselves stressed – more than usual, even. Is it the pressure to do well? Do youth feel a burden placed by society (teachers, parents, et al)? Perhaps its in our competitive nature as human beings? Whatever the reasons, a clear link exists between exams and anxiety. We’ll delve...

Cyberbullying: What is Your Role as a Parent?
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Cyberbullying: What is Your Role as a Parent?

    If you’re a parent, you’ve surely heard the term “cyberbullying.” You may be more familiar with it than you wish, especially if your son or daughter has been a victim of cyberbullying. Or perhaps you’ve heard the phrase but have little more than a vague idea of what it actually refers to. In...

What Yelling Does to A Child (and How to Stop It)
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What Yelling Does to A Child (and How to Stop It)

Yelling. We’ve all been there. At one point or another, our frustration levels peak high on (or off!) the charts. Sometimes it’s a gradual climb to that place. At other times, it’s a rapid spike. Why? After all, at heart, we don’t want to yell. We don’t feel good about yelling, at least not afterward....

Identifying and Treating Teen Depression & Anxiety in Ottawa
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Identifying and Treating Teen Depression & Anxiety in Ottawa

Have you noticed a shift in behaviour of your child or teen? Does he or she seem to be struggling more, appearing to feel either sad and tired, or tense and worried? Or perhaps a combination of all these things? It is possible that they’re dealing with depression and/or anxiety. Then again, it’s also possible...

How to Treat the Back to School Blues
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How to Treat the Back to School Blues

As summer winds down, Back to School time in Ottawa is upon us. Let’s be honest: not many people actually look forward to this time of year. And why should you?! You’ve been enjoying the summer, able to sleep in, not have a schedule imposed on you, and getting to spend quality time with friends....

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...