Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Parenting expert Sara Dimerman gives parents the tools to raise happy, successful kids and strengthen families in new book, Character is the Key

“Sara Dimerman has done a wonderful service to everyone striving for more harmonious relationships within families. This book is a valuable and timely resource for anyone engaged in the challenge of raising children today."
- Toronto Chief of Police William Blair

Parenting expert Sara Dimerman provides parents with the tools to raise happy, successful kids and strengthen families

What it means to be a family has undergone massive changes over the past few decades and approaches to parenting varies depending on the family in which a child lives. The goal of all parents, however, remains – to raise happy, healthy children who have positive outlooks and strong moral values. In today’s hectic world, where many parents struggle to find the balance between work and family, children are often influenced by outside groups – the internet, television, celebrities, their friends, etc. Some are not always desirable, and parents often feel out of control and worried about their children’s futures.

In Character Is the Key: How to Unlock the Best in Our Children and Ourselves (Wiley; August 2009; Paper; $23.95), therapist and parenting expert Sara Dimerman shares a powerful step-by-step plan that will bring your family together, improve communication and unlock the very best in your children – and yourself.

Character education is a growing and successful movement implemented by educators around the world. It emphasizes modeling important character attributes such as honesty, empathy, courage and respect, so that children can develop an inner compass that will guide them in a positive direction. Character Is the Key provides real-life anecdotes, practical activities and worksheets, and down to earth advice that every parent can use to ensure that their child has a bright and successful future.

Sara Dimerman is available for interviews and can talk about:
The impact social networking websites have on children;
Is fame really everything? Raising children in our celebrity-obsessed culture;
How to help your children resist peer pressure and overcome fears;
Handling conflict with your co-parent – even after a divorce;
The importance of family meetings and how to make them a part of regular family life;
Why parents have greater influence over their children than they think they do.

About the Author:
Sara Dimerman, Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc. (Thornhill, ON) is the founder and Director of The Parent Education and Resource Centre. Her syndicated column, Help Me Sara, appears in publications across Canada and the United States, and she is the child and family therapy expert at canadianparents.com. Sara has appeared on radio and television programs across Canada and is regularly quoted in newspapers and magazines, including the National Post, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Today’s Parent. Her website, http://www.helpmesara.com/, is a resource for parents, with articles, recommended reading and information on counseling services for families.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Ryanair wants you to pay to use the lav!


Travel Safety: Europe's Cheapest Airline Has Weird Plans for Future
Posted by bobharu at 8/4/2009 11:58 AM EDT
Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, still thinks you should pay to use his airplane's toilets. He would like to reduce the number of toilets, in fact, to one per plane. O'Leary likes to shock people and he's doing a good job of it, according to a recent New York Times article. His non-union (of course) airline offers really cheap seats, but you have to pay extra for any courtesy.The airline claims it promises you four things: low fares, good on-time record, few cancellations and few lost bags, or so they say. But they won't give you a free hotel room if the flight is cancelled. They won't give you a refund "on a nonrefundable ticket because your granny died unexpectedly." O'Leary says about that, "No! Go away. We're not interested in your sob stories! What part of 'no refund' do you not understand?" the Times article continues.Ryanair fares are said to be only 40 Euros (about $56) on average, but you have to pay for airport check-in (about $55) unless you check-in online (about $7). You have to check in somewhere, after all. Another thing: if you want to complain, you have to do it in writing, of course, but you can send your message only by fax or regular mail. Nobody will answer your email if you choose that method of communicating. In the Times interview, he sneered at the US constitution, saying Americans think it includes "the inalienable right to bear arms and send in complaints by email." "No, you bloody don't, so go away!"I think we should all take his advice and in addition to going away, stay away from Ryanair. When I'm in Europe, I take EasyJet, anyhow, almost as cheap and staff are nowhere nearly so rude. I know I feel safer on EasyJet and don't have to fear, for instance, being told I can't move around the cabin.Note: I blog here exclusively on travel health and safety, backed by my work as pro bono vice president of the not-for-profit charity, the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers, www.iamat.org.
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