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Please Don’t Drop the Self-Care Ball

Parents are by nature carers. We intuitively put the needs of our children first. After all, they depend on us.  In times of stress and uncertainty, the demands of everyday life for parents are magnified, and all the more so now during this long period of confinement and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our roles […]

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Mindfulness and Being a ‘Present’ Parent

Parenting is a privilege and a gift that I treasure daily. If there is one thing I have learned as a parent to my three children, it is to be present and fully engaged when I’m with them. My experience as Bialik Himel’s School Counsellor reinforces my belief that there is no such thing as […]

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Don’t Let Anxiety — the ‘Cult Leader’ — Run Your Child’s Life

As the school counsellor of Bialik’s Viewmount Branch, my role has certainly evolved over the past four years. Without a doubt, it has become increasingly focused on supporting anxious students and consulting with their parents who, at times, might be feeling a little anxious themselves.  My new normal is not at all surprising. It is […]

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Demystifying ADHD: A Guide for Parents

When we hear the term ADHD, it is common to think of a child zipping around the playground like the Road Runner from Looney Tunes or an Alvin and the Chipmunks character, sitting at the back of the class, daydreaming, and “bored.” While these behaviours may capture some children with ADHD, they do not accurately […]

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The Power of Yet

When I was teaching in the Elementary Division, I would work with my students each day to “retrain their brain.” I would get the students to call out thoughts that represent a fixed mindset. They found this easy and I’d hear statements such as “I can’t do it,”  “I’m not good at that,” “I’m not […]

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How Parents Can Become ‘Minding’ Parents

In his recent blog, Jake Gallinger talked about facilitating the development of adaptive anxiety in your child, as proposed by psychologist Dr. Alex Russell when he visited Bialik this fall. Dr. Russell suggests that one of the strategies for accomplishing this goal is the concept of “minding” one’s children and becoming a “minding parent.” What […]

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Empowering Your Child to Hold The “Worry Ball”

Consider the following two hypothetical Bialik students: Arnold is a kind and bright boy in Grade 6. He loves to play sports at recess and is the captain of his double A hockey team. His favourite aspects of the school day are gym and lunch. In Senior Division, he struggles to stay on top of […]

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A Parent’s Farewell to Our 2019 Graduates

Dear Honoured Guests, Bialik Staff, Family of our Graduates, and, most importantly, the Graduating Class, My name is Edit Rosenstein, otherwise known as ema to the Grade 8 class. Each year, a Bialik parent, with their final child graduating, is asked to speak. It is my honour to represent this group tonight.  Jonathan and I […]

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Head of School’s Message to Our Grade 8 Graduates

Dear Bialik Graduates of 2019, Mazal tov to you and your families!  You have completed your tenure at Bialik on a high note, demonstrating excellence in the classroom, through the arts, and in athletics. You have represented Bialik in the community in the best way possible and we are very proud of all your accomplishments. […]

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School’s Out for the Summer… How Will My Child Remain Engaged in Learning?

As the end of the school year approaches, a question parents always ask us is how they can keep their child’s mind active over the summer so they do not lose what they’ve learned during the school year. “I don’t want my child to be in front of the TV, on the iPad, on social […]

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