Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

No school should ever have the right to seclude or restrain children Recently our school division developed a policy on seclusion and restraint. Policy is a very generous term for this two-page document with very little substance. Despite the wealth of research and information available to guide these types of policies, it appears our division didContinue reading “Preventing Seclusion And Restraint In Schools”

Jillian’s Journeys

A collection of our adventures travelling and camping across Canada The adventures have begun… Stay tuned to this space for more stories about our family road trips across Canada, and camping all around Canada this summer! Make sure you’ve signed up to receive an email when I publish a new story, so that you don’t miss anyContinue reading “Jillian’s Journeys”

My Reading Recommendations

The most informative books about neurodiversity, education, parenting, disability, advocacy, and more Neurodiversity MB’s Book & Podcast Recommendations Please note that I have provided links primarily to the paperback copies of these books. However, many are also available in eBook or audiobook for a quicker download and are usually a less expensive option. Table of Contents IContinue reading “My Reading Recommendations”

Respectful Parenting Is Not Permissive Parenting

Reductio ad absurdum Allowing our children choices is neither reckless nor permissive. Ensuring our children have autonomy within developmentally-appropriate bounds is an important way for them to hone their decision-making skills. Hovering over them, micro-managing, and controlling their every move robs kids of important learning opportunities. Expecting kids to do everything we say whenever we sayContinue reading “Respectful Parenting Is Not Permissive Parenting”

Why Your Behaviour Chart Isn’t Working

Here’s why reward programs never work long-term When a child’s behaviours are challenging or concerning, we often jump to looking for solutions which address the behaviour, but not the underlying cause. When I receive reports from school staff and psychologists, they all have a similar theme: recommendations for behaviourism-based approaches, such as behaviour charts andContinue reading “Why Your Behaviour Chart Isn’t Working”

Children Deserve Autonomy

I choose joyful chaos over despondent deference I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.” Um, well, yes. He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy. CertainlyContinue reading “Children Deserve Autonomy”

Kids Know Exactly How We Feel About Them

We’re not fooling anyone, and the way we interpret a child’s behaviour has a significant influence on how we respond. I’m in a few parenting groups on Facebook. They’re all groups for parents of neurodivergent kids: ADHD, Autistic, and twice exceptional. Some of the posts, comments, and advice shared are amazing. They’re compassionate, intelligent, and insightful.Continue reading “Kids Know Exactly How We Feel About Them”

Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education

False claims of education funding increases Manitoba’s government continues to claim they’ve increased education funding, yet anyone who actually crunches the numbers can see this is disingenuous. Obviously this isn’t a new tactic, nor is it one used exclusively by any one political party, they all play these games. I hate games like these, whichContinue reading “Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education”

 I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School

I care a lot more about the environment than I do about the content For the record: I do value my son’s education. I appreciate teachers and the near-impossible task they are handed every single day: Please, educate these children. No, you may not have any more resources. No, you may not have better ventilation in yourContinue reading ” I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School”