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Hello and hope you all had a great summer. So far, 2016 has been a very busy year for me with lots of opportunities to connect with families through workshops I delivered at various schools, daycares and community health centres plus all the great folks I worked with through one-on-one coaching. I have been actively involved in some great professional development this year and am grateful to have had the opportunity to complete The Infant Mental Health Certificate from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Making Sense of Preschoolers by The Gordon Neufeld Institute and some amazing online professional development on Supporting Aggressive Children through Hand In Hand Parenting. I continue to immerse myself in great books on the latest findings on brain development, support for children with special needs, coping with anxiety and family relationship dynamics.  I'm fully inspired and ready to work with you to support your family relationships and connection with your child. Feel free to contact me for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your needs. Happy September! Keep things simple, stay connected to your child!

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Hi folks. Still providing parent coaching but been too busy to blog... Stay tuned! Happy fall. Regards, Joanne

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In order to parent our children in a healthy, loving manner, it can be helpful to take a step back and reflect upon the way we were parented. Since parents are not provided with " how to manuals" when their children are born, it is not unusual for new parents to practice the same parenting style that they were exposed to as children. Did you grow up in a home that was safe, secure and loving for the most part?  Were your parents actively engaged in regular, positive, and  open communication with you? Did your parents acknowledge and support your emotions ( positive and negative) growing up?  Was your parent's approach to discipline fair and did it provide guidance and teaching? Looking back, how would you describe the parenting style used by your parents? Was it for the most part balanced and consistent? Might your parents have been harsh and insensitive on occasion when you were seeking empathy and understanding from them?  Or alternatively, were there times when they may have been indulgent and overly lenient? Did you have opportunities for fun as a family growing up? Reflecting back on how you were parented while thinking about what kind of parent you want to be can be an illuminating experience. 

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