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Parent Tips


January 25, 2022

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad — early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

January 18, 2022

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

January 11, 2022

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

January 4, 2022

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don’t worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That’s the name of the game.

December 18, 2021

Monitor your child’s use of the Internet. The stuff kids can access in cyberspace can be dangerous. Get a program that will let you see the web sites they visit and monitor their chats.

December 11, 2021

Children need positive attention. If they do not receive positive attention from family, they may choose to seek out negative attention.  This is because negative attention is still attention, and any attention is better than being ignored.  Remember to communicate with your child. Love and care are the greatest healers.

December 4, 2021

Get support if you need it. Life with children is a roller coaster ride. Understanding that there will be negative aspects to child rearing and getting some professional advice when necessary will help you maintain your sanity and enjoy the experience.


November 27, 2021

If a child thinks his or her brother or sister is favored, it can create a rivalry that may last the rest of their lives and cause problems in your family. Make sure your kids know that they are loved equally.

November 20, 2021

Avoid negative emotional reactions, such as anger, sarcasm, and ridicule.  If your child has problems with control, negativity will only make him or her feel         worse. Use short and mild suggestions to remind your child to focus, like “P.A.,” for “pay attention.”

November 13, 2021

Punishing a child is not as effective as using praise and rewards. Rather than focusing on weaknesses, find ways to assist your child in developing to his or        her full potential.  When encouraged, children will acquire talents to compensate for any deficiencies.

November 6, 2021

Identify your child’s strengths. You can use them to build your child’s self-              esteem, helping to provide the confidence he or she needs to tackle whatever        seems difficult. Children will be more willing to listen and understand how to correct adverse behaviors if their dignity is intact.


Oct 4, 2021

Set Limits

When children do something against the rules, explain simply and in a few words:

    • That what they did was wrong
    • What will happen if the behavior continues Consequences need to be logical, meaningful, and simple. For example:
      • If your child rides a bike without a helmet, the bike is off limits for a day or two.
      • When your child won’t share a toy, that toy can’t be used for the rest of the day.

Parent Resources


Links for More Information on Early Learning and Other Programs

Here are some additional websites to find information on early learning  and other educational and development programs. We hope these can help you gain knowledge on various parenting subjects, the importance of early learning, developmental milestones and educational tools. Click on the links to open the websites in a new tab.

The Child Development Centre has many different programs that support early learning, visit their site to learn more. Also check out their project ideas for fun activities.

Community Bridge has great programs for early learners such as their Mother Goose program, and Daddy and me program.

Fort St. John Literacy Society promotes literacy for everyone, visit the site to learn more about early childhood literacy.

Ready, Set, Learn includes parent booklets to help guide early learning and other links such as Let’s Play and Supporting your child’s transition to school.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S not only provides multicultural early learning support for families it also has a variety of helpful tools and programs for newcomers to Canada.

Early Learning Framework Course is a free course to learn more about the early learning

We hope these links help you discover ways to kick start early learning and connect to other resources in the community. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 many of these programs may be modified or on hold. Check out their individual sites for up to date information.

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The Key Learning Centre provides alternative style educational programs to British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.
Our school is located in the heart of the bustling community of Fort St. John overlooking the beautiful Peace River Valley. We house multiple programs including distributed learning (distance education), continuing education and an alternate education program.
We enroll a population of more than 800 students, offering programs for K-12 students, as well as adults. Adult students use our programs both to graduate and to upgrade in order to pursue post-secondary education goals.

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