Should I be doing more as a mother? I am exhausted!

wpengineMarina Agafonov, Parenting, Psychotherapy

Written by Marina Agafonov, Registered Provisional Psychologist This morning I sat down to chat with Leslie Horton on GlobalNews Calgary about motherhood expectations. Moms place such high expectations on themselves that sometimes they find it hard to live up to their own standards! Remember that you are an expert at this, you know what is best for your child and … Read More

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

wpengineMarina Agafonov, Parenting, Psychotherapy

October 15 is marked as the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in many countries.  I would like to take this moment to share my personal story of what this day means to me. My first job as a psychologist changed my career path forever.  In my final stages of receiving my masters degree, I was required to complete a … Read More

Chronic Pain During Pregnancy

wpengineChronic Pain, Marina Agafonov, Parenting

Pregnancy is wonderful! That is the saying you will hear time and time again, rarely will you hear someone say “I had pain during pregnancy”. However the truth of the matter is that pregnancy is difficult and can pose many new health challenges, such as gestational diabetes, chronic pain and various other issues. In 2013, a reality TV starlet, Kim Kardashian shared that … Read More

Importance of labels?

Mandy HolowachuckParenting

When I got married I decided not to change my name. Part of it was shear laziness… all those pieces of ID I would have to change. Part of it was being cheap… 25 for a new license. No thanks. But a bigger part of it was identity. I felt attached to my last name and did not want to … Read More

What if you could have it all?

Tessa Burns MartinParenting, Tessa Burns

“I can be a great mother and own a profitable business.” That is the mantra that my money coach has been encouraging me to work on. This thought has been a struggle because I find I have so many messages of choosing one or the other. Even when I was asked to reflect on my role models for women who were … Read More

“Good enough” Parenting

Tessa Burns MartinParenting, Tessa Burns

I am back at work after taking six weeks off following the birth of my second child. We now have a boy and a girl so I am feeling quite complete right now. I am also feeling quite stretched having two children under 2 years old. In the field of psychology and parenting, we often work with our clients to … Read More

Autism and Physical Activity

Jennifer MitchellJennifer Mitchell, Parenting

The importance of physical activity on mental and physical health for people is well established across numerous disciplines (psychology, physical education, kinesiology, medicine etc). Physical activity for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is important but may present some challenges. Children with ASD may have poor muscle tone, coordination, and have difficulties with motor planning. In addition, some children … Read More