Letter from, The Child of Divorce

Dear Mom and Dad, I need you to know that you chose to end your marriage, not me. I know this is the right decision for me in the long run, but it doesn’t feel like it right now. I am going to have lots of big feelings about the divorce and I need you […]

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Summer Bonding Challenge for Dads & Daughters

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Do you feel disconnected from your daughter these days? Life seems too busy to really know what is going on for her? With the crazy schedules most kids live through the school year, it is easy to fall into the pattern of being a chauffeur and task-master, often missing out on the important moments to […]

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Motivational Journalling for Parents

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Are you an emotionally drained parent on the long journey of supporting a child or teenager through a mental health issue? In families where someone struggles with depression, anxiety, or self-harm, there is a lot of fear and worry that can affect everyone. You might find yourself asking questions like “will this ever get better?” […]

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Self-Harm: The Good Girl’s Way to Get High

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Ever wonder what self harm is, and why we’re hearing so much about it these days? Self-harm is a term referring to a wide range of behaviors that individuals engage in for the purpose of intentionally causing harm to themselves; most commonly, making cuts in on the inside of the arms or legs with a […]

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Divorce 101

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In the past year, several couples in my circle of acquaintances, have come to the decision that divorce is the path forward in a marriage with many challenges. This news fills me with sadness each time I hear it because I know through my work as a therapist, from my own experience as a child, […]

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5 Steps to Emotion Coaching

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A Mom recently asked for some advice on how to support her transformed 13-year-old daughter, who seems to have morphed into an Angry Hermit overnight. Up until now, this teen has been compliant with her Diabetes treatments since diagnosis at age 2. The daily regimen of frequent blood sugar checks and insulin injections had been […]

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Instrumental vs. Emotion-Focused Parenting

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I have the brain-stretching privilege of being mentored by a great Therapist, Lois Sapsford.  While discussing the challenge of parenting with her the other day, she taught me the important distinction between two different approaches to parenting: Instrumental Parenting vs. Emotional Coaching. I thought my Blog readers could benefit from my teachers enlightening wisdom. Too […]

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Chores and 3 C’s of Self-Esteem

Youth and family Calgary Counsellor

“Noooo, I hate you Dad,” is echoed through my neighborhood each week as my elementary-aged daughter does her recycling chore. Cries, screams, complaints about how mean we are, remind us weekly of how utterly incompetent we are as parents sometimes. Despite our mindful intention of raising a family that works cooperatively to benefit the whole […]

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“I’M FAT”

Youth and family Calgary Counsellor

Sadly, “I’m fat”is uttered by younger and younger girls these days. Such words could send fear into any parent, especially one who is already hyper-aware of the pervasiveness of unattainable body images and eating disorders in our culture today. My hope is that this article will leave you feeling empowered and inspired to start those […]

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TEEN SLEEP ETIQUETTE

Youth and family Calgary Counsellor

Hey parents, you play an essential role in helping your teen get a good night’s sleep! Many teenagers today are not getting the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep each night, leading to poor concentration, lowered immunity, poor mental health and general fatigue. Take charge in teaching sleep etiquette to your teenager. It can be a […]

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