Family Day BC 2013

An excerpt from Family Day 2013 message from the BC Association of Social Workers. I wanted to post this along with Parent Support Services Society Family Day message in recognition of the difficult and complex roles social workers play in…

Family Day revisited

I thought it was worth looking back to see what I wrote for the first BC Family Day. It is always good to learn from the past, stay firmly in the present and plan wisely for the future. I look…

Celebrate Families Every Day

Family Day  2014 “All I really need is a song in my heart, Food in my belly, and love in my family.”  – Raffi Families in BC would love to celebrate Family Day. Unfortunately, for many, this will prove difficult….

Food and the Environment

Position Statement: PSS and Food   We at Parent Support Services think about anything that can have an impact on children, families and community. Since last summer we have drafted a series of Position Statements as a way to pull…

Kids and Stress

See http://www.psychologyfoundation.org/pdf/KHST_Booklet_for_Parents.pdf Recently at the Early Years Conference in Vancouver I picked up a pamphlet on kids and stress. Here are some of their suggestions for building “a less stressful home”. – Make sure your child gets exercise and time…

Grandparents’ Day September 8 2013

Grandparent’s Day 2013 Happy Grandparent’s Day! Sunday September 8, 2013 marks an important day to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate Grandparents all over the world. Recognizing Grandparents What is a Grandparent? Grandparents play widely different roles from family to family and…

Food, Families, Health and the Environment

We do a lot of thinking and discussing here at Parent Support Services (PSS) on anything and everything that can have an impact on the well being of children and families. Lately we have taken some of those discussions and…

Helping Families in Need Act

Implications of the Helping Families in Need Act On June 9, 2013, a Federal law (Bill C-44) called the Helping Families in Need Act will come into effect. This law makes changes to the Canada Labour Code and the Employment…

Mindful parenting; book review: The Whole Brain Child

Being Mindful about Parenting: A Review of The Whole Brain Child  Max Innes Siegel, D.J., Bryson., T.P. The Whole Brain Child: Revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. New York: Delacorte Press. “Your toddler throws a tantrum in the…

Seniors Adopting Teens

I just watched a news clip from the US that profiled an older couple at retirement age, who chose to adopt a teenager who otherwise would soon have aged out of the foster care system and been totally on his…