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Meet The Singhs: and learn about Juvenile Diabetes

For as long as I can remember I have had to check my blood everyday while I am at school.

Usually my parents or my teacher will help me test my blood to make sure my sugar levels are normal, but now mom and dad have let me be in charge of my testing kit and pricking my finger. It’s a lot of responsibility and makes me feel very grown up.

Ali is 9 years… Continue reading

Meet the Romanos: and learn how to budget your children’s expenses properly

Heather and Tony have recently divorced. During their separation negotiations, they incorporated a plan into their Separation Agreement to help them determine how much each parent would be responsible for contributing to special and extraordinary expenses for their children. These expenses could include:

  • • Sporting or Club fees (hockey, dance, etc.)
  • • Uninsured Medical Expenses, Counseling, Prescription Drugs
  • • School related fees (tuition, school supplies or school trips
  • • Religious Costs (ceremonies, trips or supplies)… Continue reading

Meet the Kims: and learn about eating disorders

Rachel had always been thin, but lately she was feeling the pressure to be even thinner.

Her friends were always trying to emulate the models and celebrities splashed across the fashion magazines, and sure enough, Rachel became self-conscious that her physique just didn’t measure up.  The pressure mounted, and soon she was feeling altogether overwhelmed.

With her prom fast approaching, Rachel knew that she wanted to wear a short, sequined dress that she… Continue reading

Meet The Whites: and Understand the Impact of Alzheimer’s

“How could you have forgotten Jimmy’s birthday, Mom? He is your first grandchild!” 

Over the past year, Sarah had noticed the memory of her 68-year-old mother, Martha, declining. It started as simply misplacing household items, forgetting about special dates, and missing appointments. Sarah just assumed forgetfulness was a part of the normal aging process.

Sarah soon realized her mother’s frequent forgetfulness wasn’t normal when Martha inadvertently started a small kitchen fire at her house.… Continue reading

Meet The Johnsons: and Find Out What It Means to be Financially Divorced

When Andrew and Janet divorced last year, they knew it would take time to learn how to support their respective and independent needs on one income. Unfortunately for Andrew, it took longer than he thought.

When Andrew and Janet were married, Andrew provided a healthy income to the family. However, Janet was the breadwinner. It was her income that mainly supported the family.

Once on his own, Andrew had to reestablish the financial aspects of… Continue reading

Meet the Williams: and Learn What Depression Can Look Like

“Today is the last day of school. I know I should be happy. Everyone around me is so excited to start their summer holidays, but lately I have felt so sad and I don’t understand why.”

Annie Williams, 16, had been extremely busy in the final few months of school. With soccer practice, photography club, student council, and studying for exams, she needed to maintain her good grades to be accepted into her first choice… Continue reading

Meet the Smiths; and Learn About Their Fundamental Divorce Mistake

Separation and Divorce are rarely what Moms or Dads expect.

Some separations are functional, but dysfunction can ensue, particularly if you make this one fundamental mistake.  You fail to communicate.

If people don’t communicate well when they’re married, it’s unlikely that they will when they are apart.  But the good news is that communication is a skill that can be taught and learned, but it is hard work.

Most people learn to communicate… Continue reading

Meet the Lees; His Story Might Just Save Your Life

Last winter, 67-year-old Michael Lee went to his doctor for his annual check-up.  He hadn’t been for five years, at which time he was at least 25 pounds lighter.  Michael had intended to walk and stretch daily.  He really wanted to start riding his bike again.  His intentions were good.

But, the months and years raced by.  And as time passed, the pounds snuck their way on to his frame.… Continue reading

Meet the Jones; Why a Diagnosis of ADHD Can Be Life Changing

Johnny Jones age 8, came home from school in tears.

“I hate my teacher,” he told his mother. “Every day this week she embarrassed me in class. She knows I can’t sit still. She keeps bugging me. I’m never going back to school, ever again!”

Johnny ran to his room and slammed the door. He jumped on his bed and threw his favourite book against the wall.

Johnny’s mother Sally was beside herself. She’d spoken… Continue reading

How You Can Join Other Families to Raise Awareness & Reduce Stigma

Sometimes the obvious escapes us.

Family Support Expo, “Solutions Waiting To Happen”, October 20 -21, 2012, at the International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, marks a new chapter in the family lives of Ontarians. More than 60% of Canadians struggle with three very personal and often frustrating challenges:

• Separation and divorce • Medical issues • Mental health issues.

These three problem areas affect so much: the smiles on children’s faces, the ability for Moms and Dads… Continue reading

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