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CBC Explores “Helicopter” Parenting

Friday, February 5th, 2010 | 0 Comments
If you missed it last night, be sure to check out the CBC documentary, Hyper Parents and Coddled Kids. It’s on again tonight at 10pm EST or you can watch it online. Keep an eye on the Connected Parenting blog for Jennifer Kolari‘s read more »

What I Was Reading This Week

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Great Teachers. A great teacher can make all the difference in your child’s life. I know. My kids have had the incredibly good fortune of having some really terrific teachers. According to an article in The Atlantic, Teach for America has been gathering data read more »

Jennifer Kolari on Fresh Air Tomorrow

Friday, January 29th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Tune in to CBC Radio 1 tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to hear Jennifer Kolari on Fresh Air. For anyone whose progeny allow them to sleep in on the occasional Saturday morning, the interview will be available here if you miss it read more »

Thursday is a Big Day at the e.p.i.c. School – Come for the Open House, Stay for Jennifer Kolari

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 | 0 Comments
You may recall that back in October I recommended that anyone looking for a great nursery/kindergarten check out the e.p.i.c. School open house. As I said at the time, we’ve had an amazing experience at the school. This Thursday, January 28, from read more »

Catch Jennifer Kolari on the Parent's Plate

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari will be discussing the Connected Parenting book on the Parent’s Plate with Brenda Nixon on January 26, 2009 at 10am. read more »

The Fun Theory

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Check out, a site that aims to prove that “fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.” Here’s my favorite one:Obviously, this works well with kids too. According to a New York Times article about the Tools read more »

Connected Parenting Workshop with Jennifer Kolari this February

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Get a chance to work with Connected Parenting founder Jennifer Kolari this February with a 4-week Parenting Workshop in Toronto.  The workshop will build your skills with material from the Connected Parenting workshop, the Connected Parenting Advanced Strategies workshop, and the Parenting read more »


Thursday, January 14th, 2010 | 0 Comments
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Connected Parenting are with those in Haiti and their friends and family. If you are in Canada, here’s the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s page on how to help. If you are in read more »

Tomorrow is the Big Day! Join my Teleseminar

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Join Jennifer Kolari for a 70-minute teleseminar at Great Parenting Practices with Jacqueline Green tomorrow, January 14, 2009 at 2pm EST. Visit Great Parenting Practices to submit your questions or sign up to listen. See you there 🙂 read more »

Jennifer Kolari on Parenting Trends and the Recession: Thrift

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari was quoted in the Toronto Star today in an article about how the economic climate has changed parenting. According to the article: “Today’s moms and dads want to instill money smarts, teaching kids the virtues of saving a chunk of birthday read more »

Jennifer Kolari Teleseminar on January 14

Monday, January 4th, 2010 | 2 Comments
Jennifer Kolari will do a 70-minute teleseminar at Great Parenting Practices with Jacqueline Green on January 14, 2009 at 2pm. Visit Great Parenting Practices to submit your questions or sign up to listen. read more »

Following the Orchid Children Discussion

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 | 4 Comments
David Dobbs’ article in the Atlantic about orchid children and dandelion children has sparked a huge amount of interest. We summarized the article and later followed up with a link to an interview with Dobbs on WNYC radio. We also mentioned that read more »

Parents Involved in Landmark Case Denied Reimbursement for Private Special Education

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | 0 Comments
As we noted earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that parents who haven’t been able to get special education services through their public school may be able to get reimbursement from the school district for private school tuition. This read more »

Canadian Association of Social Workers Highlights the Rights of the Child on Human Rights Day 2009

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 | 0 Comments
The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) chose to commemorate Human Rights Day 2009 last Thursday (Dec. 10) by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To mark the occasion, CASW and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights read more »

More on Orchid and Dandelion Children

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 | 5 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, we noted an article in The Atlantic that reported on a new theory of behavioral genetics. According to the theory, some children are like dandelions, able to thrive anywhere. Others are like orchids, hypersensitive to the environments read more »

Watch for Jennifer Kolari on CTV News Tonight!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Jennifer Kolari will be on CTV News tonight talking about how to handle holiday stress and excitement. Catch her again tomorrow if you miss tonight’s show. read more »

New Theory Suggests that Overly Sensitive Children Have Over-sized Potential: Orchid Children

Friday, November 20th, 2009 | 6 Comments
An article in the December issue of the Atlantic reports on a new theory that genes that predispose people to anxiety, depression, and behavioural problems, also seem to endow people with enormous potential. According to this “orchid hypothesis”: “[B]ad genes can create dysfunction read more »

Marc Kielburger on the Colbert Report

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Check out Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, discussing child labor on the Colbert Report a couple of days ago. Scroll forward to 5:20 to see his segment. H/T to @ourkidsnet. For related posts, check out We Day Toronto is Coming! and Programs Empower read more »

Happiness Is . . . Your iPhone

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 | 0 Comments
A new iPhone app, designed by Harvard grad student Matt Killingsworth, is designed to help you find out what makes you happy. Track Your Happiness uses e-mail or text message notifications to ask you how you are feeling and what you are read more »

Connected Parenting to Team Up with Camp to Belong

Friday, November 13th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Connected Parenting founder Jennifer Kolari is set to join the board and camp standards committee of Camp to Belong. CTB is an organization that reunites siblings who have been placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes. Summer camp and year-round programs read more »

Open House at e.p.i.c. School this Thursday

Monday, October 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment
With the crowded open house season upon us, I wanted to suggest that you take the opportunity to visit the e.p.i.c. School if you have a child going into Pre-K, JK or SK next year. My son has attended e.p.i.c. for the read more »

Programs Empower Kids to Help

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 | 1 Comment
Last week, we blogged about We Day, a Free the Children initiative that is meant to kick off a year-long plan of action. Two other programs, Project Give Back and Ryan’s Well, also empower children to have an impact. Each of these read more »

Today’s Parent on Connected Parenting

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 | 0 Comments
The November issue of Today’s Parent includes a fabulous article about the Connected Parenting book by Dafna Izenberg. In her Q&A with Jennifer Kolari, Izenberg explores key Connected Parenting concepts such as mirroring, keeping the right amount of tension in the rope read more »

We Day Toronto is Coming! – UPDATED

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 | 2 Comments
After a very successful event in Vancouver, Toronto is getting ready for its own Free the Children We Day this Monday, Oct. 5. Featuring “a series of inspirational and motivational speeches by top leadership and social issues activists, speakers and entertainers,” We Day read more »

Marsha Jacobson Reviews the Connected Parenting Book

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Marsha Jacobson of posted a rave review of Connected Parenting: “Kolari exudes ‘realness’ both as a person and as a parent. … She shows us in clear and often touching ways that loving your child in ways that they feel lovable is empowering to read more »

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