Parenting

Empty Nest or New Opportunity

Posted on 04/10/2016 in Blog, Couples, Parenting, Thrive (Child & Youth)

My baby is leaving home… what am I going to do now?  Many parents experience a feeling of loss when the last child leaves home.  Well, you are not alone.  The majority of parents experience that feeling of a double edged sword.  Parents are thrilled that all of the nurturing, caring and teachings has led their child to be actively independent,  coupled with the loss of the daily experiences and companionship they  share with their child every day at home. This mish-mash of emotions actually has a name – empty nest syndrome.   This is not a clinical diagnosis, but rather… Read More Here!

 

My child’s school has asked for a psycho-educational assessment as a part of his enrolment criteria… What exactly is that?

Posted on 16/05/2016 in Blog, Parenting, Students, Thrive (Child & Youth)

By Lenka Matuska, Registered Provisional Psychologist, M.C., Dipl. Psych.   That is a question that we get asked a lot at Insight. Many charter and private schools ask for this assessment. Teachers who are concerned about behavior or grades may ask for one as well. A psycho-educational assessment is a series of tests, observations and history taking about your child that when compiled helps family and teachers understand how the child learns and processes information. The role of the assessment in your child’s school varies. Some schools want to assure themselves that your child has the capacity to keep pace… Read More Here!

 

Video: The Truth About Child Sex Abuse

Posted on 01/12/2015 in Blog, Children, Parenting, Sexual Issues

Sex abuse of any kind is terrible and can leave lifelong mental and emotional scars, but it is especially abhorrent when it happens to children. The video below is a great piece produced by the BBC on "The Truth About Child Sex Abuse" Watch Video Here If you have concerns about child sex abuse, or abuse of any kind, Insight Psychological has experienced counselors in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Red Deer & Calgary that are available to help. Contact us today. Read More Here!

 

7 Tips for Blended Families

Posted on 02/10/2015 in Blog, Family Issues, Parenting

About 43% of all marriages these days include one or more of the partners who have had a previous marriage. 65% of these remarriages involve children from a previous relationship. When all the math is done, it appears that one out of every three children will spend time in a blended family situation (note that this is an estimate and a definitive statistic is hard to come by on this). Therefore, you, or someone you know is likely experiencing some of the difficulties that a blended family brings. Additionally, your child is likely to have multiple friends in this family… Read More Here!

 

Getting ready for the first day of school

Posted on 02/10/2015 in Blog, Children, Parenting, Thrive (Child & Youth)

Another big milestone has arrived…your child is ready for their first day of school. You have introduced the idea of your child being able to go to school all summer long. You have bought all their school supplies and a cool new backpack. Your child is excited, you are excited, so everyone must be ready! However, it is important to recognize that going into any new environment with unfamiliar faces can cause anxiety for many children. Do not be surprised if you find yourself feeling a little bit anxious as well. Starting something new, like going to school for the… Read More Here!