The Incredible Power of CHOICE

How many times has a parent asked their child, “Just make a choice”, while the child deliberates between a number of options?  Choices are a big part of our everyday life, and every choice leads us to where we are today. We often have no idea how effective our choices are until many years down the road.  People generally believe that it is the big choices in life that have the most profound effect on the direction of their lives.   Actually, the opposite is true.  It is the myriad of small, day-to-day choices that collectively,…

BACK TO SCHOOL – PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING!

Back to school season is upon us and families are beginning to prepare for the excitement of a brand new school year.  Newspaper and media ads are now featuring back to school sales including ads for backpacks, notebooks, computers, and more.  The spirit of optimism is imbedded in new beginnings. The following points will be instrumental in helping to get your child off to a great start this September: Reflection – Reflection and goal setting discussions provide parents and their children with an excellent foundation for approaching the new school year.  Review with your child…

Visit a Local Art Gallery Discover the magic of a whole new world!

Visit a Local  Art Gallery  – Discover the magic of a whole new world! It is curious how many adults or children have never ventured into either a public art gallery or a commercial art shop.   Visiting an art gallery is like discovering a whole new world of colour, interpretation and imagination and can provide a very relaxing and interesting experience for all.    It provides a wonderful opportunity to develop and expand a child’s expressive language, as you and your children discuss paintings and scenes  you like or find surprising.  Why not set aside…

Memorable Summer Adventures – Just Do It!

Summer adventures and family fun do not require expensive vacations or exotic getaways for a memorable experience. The key to a fun-filled summer is in the planning.  Get out the kitchen calendar, gather the kids together, and plan a summer adventure for each weekend. Ask your children what they have always wanted to do, and think about places you would like to visit.  Check the local newspapers for ideas of what is going on in your community.  Have each family member choose an event they would like to attend, such as a dog show, an…