Back to School…Back to Life.

Labour Day …. Welcome to the unofficial Canadian start to the New Year.  Summer holidays are over for most people and many are back to the routines that create a sense of structure for us.  It’s not just children that need that structure, adults also need it.

While we are 3 days into this New Year and new routines, are there also new expectations for each family member?  New grade in school?  New responsibilities at home? Is it time to re-examine who is responsible for what in order to keep the home running well? Continue reading

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This morning I came across an amazing poem. Not only is it well written; but it is straight to the point. It describes exactly how illegal drug use can affect your life when you choose to use drugs. My hope in sharing this with everyone is to share the realities of drug use. Perhaps this poem can be a connection point between those with an addiction to their families and friends. Perhaps in can be a conversation starter for parents and their children. Either way, it is a poem that I think needs to be shared and discussed as it could save someone’s life.   Although the author is unknown for this poem, I would still like to encourage everyone to share this wonderful poem. Please also leave your comments about what you think about this poem and ways it could be used to help people. Continue reading

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Making a Date Day Spectacular!

One of the things that is often thrown out the window by couples, while they are raising their children, is the date night.   The reasons why most couples don’t take advantage of date night is not enough time, too many commitments, and too many children’s activities.  We love our children and we want to do the best for them including providing them with a well-rounded fulfilling life.  But, how do you tell when there is too much in the mix?  Ask yourself these questions. First, is all your time devoted to your children? Second, does life seem hectic with little down time? Third, do you have any time for yourself? And fourthly, is there any couple time?  If you answered “yes” to any or all of these; you need to take a breather and reflect on what is important.  In my practice, couples often tell me that their children come first and I know that they do this with good intentions. However, couples need to focus time on their relationship; otherwise they face the consequences of distance growing between them. This distance becomes increasingly more difficult to bridge and fix the more time passes without the couple being engaged with one another’s lives. Continue reading

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Halloween Open House at ACT Associates

ACT Associates would like to take a moment to thank everyone that came out to our Open House on October 31, 2013.  Even though it was a wet and blustery day, we still had many people that joined us and found out more about ACT!  Continue reading

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68th Birthday for United Nations

This week I have undertook the ominous job of putting together a list of important events and dates in Canada. This list includes everything from religious holidays, national holidays, awareness days, weeks, and months. The list appears to be never ending! I had never realized before now how many “special” days there are.It appears that we have a battle going on for our attention and awareness going on around so many issues.  Now, many of these “special” days are very important topics that the general public should be aware of and should learn more about. Continue reading

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Be responsible this weekend…

We are so amazingly blessed in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for having so many amazing things happening this weekend. This weekend is Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest wrapped up into one big happy package.

Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is celebrated primarily in the U.S.A, and Canada, but is also observed in other places around the world.  Originally it was celebrated as a way of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Now, we tend you celebrate with family and friends, the things that we are thankful for. Continue reading

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Free Parking

Have you ever had one of “those mornings? I have, and today is one of “those” days for me. I had to go and take my son to get blood work done, so I parked in the parking lot of the blood clinic. We went in, but quickly realized that we couldn’t have the blood test done because i had given him his medicine, out of routine! So, again tomorrow we will do this. As frustrating as this ism the really frustrating part came when I exited the parking lot. I had to pay $4.00 to get out of the parking lot. $4.00! For being in the parking lot for a total of 3 minutes, I had to pay $4.00. As unfortunate as this was, I breathed and moved on from it.  Continue reading

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Strengthening Your Marriage

Perhaps your marriage is going pretty well. Things are fine, no big disagreements, and all is well. Good! Whatever worked to getting your relationship “pretty good” we encourage you to keep doing it. Sometimes it is just as important to know what works and why it works as it is to know what doesn’t work and why. Now, you know and we know that sometimes things change, a child goes to university (and that is a difficult adjustment), communication is not working as well as it once did, conflicts appear more frequent, your partner is communicating with their smart phone more often than communicating with you, or one or both of you would rather be at work than at home. Well these things can become barriers, but they need not destroy the relationship. Continue reading

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