Sara is Parents Canada Magazine‘s Behaviour Expert. Watch for her monthly Help Me Sara advice column.
Consent. Its a word we’re hearing more often these days. It started gathering momentum shortly after we got wind of a Toronto radio host being accused of involving unwilling participants in sexual acts. Acts that were apparently non consensual. It’s a word that’s been a big part of...Read Do I have your consent?
Article in Parents Canada about kids feeling embarrassed to be seen with their parents: how to approach the subject with them, defuse the tension, and what to do for different ages of children.Read Kids find it embarrassing to be seen with you?
Last month I was running around like, as the saying goes, a chicken with its head cut off (horrible expression, really!). It reminded me of how I felt just prior to giving birth, during what is called the nesting phase, or anytime I am organizing our family to head out on vacation. I had lists in ev...Read Preparing for your child’s surgery: a roller coaster of emotional twists and turns
Each month, Paul and Carol Mott of themotts.ca and hosts of a morning radio show invite me on as their resident Psychologist to dispense advice to their listeners. However, a couple of weeks ago, Carol wrote looking for advice themselves. She shared that she and Paul were taking care of their grand ...Read How to soften the blow when delivering bad news
Article in Parents Canada about children telling tales: how to educate the tattler on the etiquette of sharing information, and what to do for different ages of children.Read My child likes to tattle tale
Article in Parents Canada about angry toddlers – 6 things to keep in mind when handling an angry toddler.Read How to deal with an angry toddler
I came across an article in a daily national newspaper about a day care that the writer, Leah McLaren, had recently visited and their ‘no photo’ policy. This means that neither staff nor parents are allowed to take pictures (and I assume that means video too) of the kids – even the...Read Are ‘no photo’ policies necessary to protect kids?
Article in Parents Canada about children’s capabilities – how to work through a problem with them when they say “I can’t do it!”.Read Are kids really incapable?