Sara is Parents Canada Magazine‘s Behaviour Expert. Watch for her monthly Help Me Sara advice column.
It’s a brand-new year. An opportunity to wipe the slate clean and to consider how to create a more positive home environment in which your family can connect and continue to grow.
Here then are five tips:Collaboration is key. January is a great time to introduce monthly family meetings. Thes... Read Fostering positivity in the family
It’s very cool having a daughter majoring in Psychology at University because we speak the same language more than ever before. I also enjoy dusting the cobwebs from my brain when she shares some of her assignments with me and asks me to recall theories and social psychology experiments that I...Read Don’t treat me like a child, especially if you think spanking is ok
Now that recreational marijuana use is as legal as alcohol in Canada, there’s likely to be a plume of smoke hovering above our heads. Especially when the novelty and hype is at its peak. In addition to the smoke, you may be blocking your nose as you walk down many streets, if you don’t l...Read Cannabis around your kids… what you need to know now!
Many couples tell me that their sessions with me are the only times in their busy lives that they connect with one another.
But is this enough?
Will one hour, once a week with me, be the glue to keep them connected? Or do they need to find other ways and time to re-connect long term?
I often take th...Read Couples Connect
I was enjoying lunch with a divorced friend, when talk turned to marriage and relationships. She asked: “if you met your husband for the first time today, would you be interested in going on a second date with him?” Apparently, unlike many other women to whom she has posed the same ques...Read A revealing question regarding your relationship
When I meet a couple for the first time, I ask questions so that I can get to know each of them as individuals, as well as how they interact and operate as a couple. Often, the discussion will lead us in the direction of their sleeping habits and patterns, along with whether they share the same bedr...Read “You’re snoring again!”
Following the tragic van attack in Toronto on April 23, 2018, I was asked by CBC Radio to comment (segment starts at 1:58) on how we have been impacted and affected on a psychological level. Here are my thoughts:
As a psychologist, what impact do you think that this has had on the public?
What I thi...Read #TorontoStrong
There are no words. No words to comfort a parent who has lost a child. No words to lift the darkness that has enveloped their world.
In response to the terrible tragedy that has affected so many families following an accident that led to so many innocent lives being lost in Saskatchewan, Im writing ...Read How to help a grieving parent – in memory of lives lost in Saskatchewan