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By: Phil Derkson, MD We have some wonderful updates to share with you about My Starry Chart and its use in our family.  With the return of school and regular activities, we felt it was necessary to have a calendar for our kids to use and be...

The subtle difference between cleaning the house versus your little one brushing their teethWhat’s the difference between telling a child to wash the dishes versus washing their face? Or what’s the difference between telling them to set the table versus packing their lunchbox? Some are household chores...

The common trait among all of these intrinsically-motivated behaviours is the quality of being “proactive"We as parents want our kids to take up responsibilities willingly. Not just for rewards. Kids who do this demonstrate intrinsic motivation. This means a desire to accomplish goals because of...

Routines can help kids to build crucial executive functioning skillsKids are bundles of energy. They learn new things at breakneck speed and display creativity in ways that many adults wish they could, sometimes.But one thing they need help with is structure and organization. That’s where a daily...

A gifted ‘spark’ means your child could benefit from the structure of a chore chart.Society may be obsessed with the idea of child prodigies. Movies, T.V. shows and pop culture, in general, have made it seem that daily routine is a breeze to a child prodigy!...