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    Family Matters #7: Learning to care is part of healthy development

    By Lucia Ferrara Have you ever been the recipient of an expected act of kindness, or perhaps observed one? Someone helps you pick up your groceries that tumbled from a broken bag or a stranger holds the door open for a mother struggling with a stroller, diaper bag and a toddler in tow. These tiny actions […]

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    Family Matters #6: Creating a caring learning climate

    By Lucia Ferrara From many of us, school is back but now with new rules in place because of the Covid-19 crisis. This new framework was created to implement preventative measures to the pandemic and allow for a positive classroom experience. These measures may look different in your child’s school from mine, and it also […]

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    Family Matters #5: Commitment to Learning

    By Lucia Ferrara It is school time again and parents are struggling to make decisions about children going back to school during a pandemic! Those are tough calls to make. Whatever decision is made, however, one thing that should never change is our commitment to learning.  This is so important especially in a time such […]

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    Family Matters #4 : Constructive Use of Time

    By Lucia Ferrara Do your children engage in creative activities like painting, drawing, learning an instrument or even being a part of a theater club? The answers may be different for each family. As my children grew, I had each one in a different activity outside of school. In school they all were or all […]

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    Family Matters #3: Positive Identity and Nurturing Personal Power

    By Lucia Ferrara Positive Identity, according to the Search Institute, is a developmental asset, one of the building blocks that help young people grow up into caring, healthy and responsible adults. How do we attain or teach our children about exhibiting a positive identity? As a mother of three, I have learned that I had […]

  • Family Matters #2: How do you teach loving?

    By Lucia Ferrara Note: Last fall, Precious Blood Renewal Center joined with a few community partners to present a series of Parent Cafes with the aim of supporting families and equipping them with skills for successful parenting. Read more about the Parent Café here. “We’re not telling people what to do or how to be […]

  • Family Matters #1: Building Resilience in Adversity

    By Lucia Ferrara Note: Last fall, Precious Blood Renewal Center joined with a few community partners to present a series of Parent Cafes, with the aim of supporting families and equipping them with skills for successful parenting. Read more about the Parent Café here. “We’re not telling people what to do or how to be […]

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    Parent Café opens at Renewal Center

    By Dennis Coday Precious Blood Resource Services and Precious Blood Renewal Center are teaming up to help people faced with the challenges (and joys!) of raising children. The two provincial ministries will be hosting Parent Cafes that are open to anyone who has the responsibility of raising children: parents, grandparents, foster parents, aunts and uncles, […]