Parenting

Does my Child Need an Assessment?

By Michelle Kerslake, M.Ed. At this time of year, many parents are concerned about their child’s success at school.  Maybe their report card marks are not meeting grade level expectations or the teacher has commented that they are having more challenges than the other children in their class.  Your child’s teacher may have even recommended an assessment for your child.  Regardless, you feel like your child is not performing to their potential at school.  So, how do parents decide if their child needs an assessment? Let’s begin with understanding what a learning...
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Shyness – Is it Really a Problem?

By Karen Sribney, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist Originally published by Eckert Centre in 2009; minor revisions made in 2015 Shyness, in our culture, is considered to be a negative attribute, one that we wish to change either in ourselves or in our children. But when we look at shyness through the lens of attachment to those important in our lives, we see that shyness serves an important function. Have you ever seen a person act shy around someone to whom they have a relationship with, in other words, with a person to...
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Help! My Child has Test Anxiety

Michelle Kerslake, M.Ed.   Our children have many more wonderful opportunities for their future than previous generations.  One such opportunity is that more students are pursuing post-secondary studies.  An unexpected consequence of this opportunity is the pressure our adolescents experience to perform well, as early as Grade Nine, to prepare for their future post-secondary endeavors.  Subsequently, adolescents are faced with stress that they may not be prepared to handle because of limited life experience and coping strategies.  As a consequence to this, anxiety challenges can begin to develop.   Anxiety is natural and normal...
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The Four Styles of Discipline

Kimberly Eckert, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist Most of us are unaware of our discipline style as parents because it is not taught in a course at college but rather is learned through the collection of experiences we have had in relationship with our own parents, caregivers, and other important relationships. What feels like our “intuitive” response in a discipline situation with our children is actually coming from our procedural memory – our history of what it...
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