Top 10 Principles of Wood’s Homes

Wood's Homes, Parents, Children, Mental Health

Jane  By Dr. Jane Matheson, CEO Wood’s Homes

You may be wondering who is Wood’s Homes? What do they do? Build houses? How did they manage to stay alive and thriving for 101 years? Who uses Wood’s Homes’ services, and what do they stand for? What is their philosophy? Some of these questions can be answered by visiting the information on this site.

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Top 10 things parents should know about bullying

Wood's Homes, children, youth, bullying

 1.    The definition of bullying:

  • When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it – even when you tell them to stop or show them that you’re upset – that’s BULLYING.

2. The warning signs of bullying:

  • Your child shows an abrupt lack of interest in school or refuses to go to school.
  • Takes an unusual route to school.
  • Suffers drop in grades
  • Is sad, sullen, angry or scared after receiving an email, text, or phone call.
  • Has torn or missing clothing
  • Plays alone, or prefers to hang with adults

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CEO for a day

Wood's Homes, Parkdale

Esther By Esther Groen, Foster Care Support Worker – Wood’s Homes

Ever wonder what it’s like to run an organization with 400 staff and 35 programs in 6 locations?

Ask me – I was the lucky winner of a staff contest and got to spend the day with our CEO Dr. Jane Matheson!

On January 27, bright and early in the morning, myself and another winner, Amanda Starchuk (Program Supervisor of the new Youth Community Program) had the privilege of being CEO for a day and spent the next 12 hours learning a little bit about what it takes to run this large and complex agency.

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Top 10 tactics for taming a toddler

  1. Ignore temper tantrums. In fact, stand back, smile bemusedly and watch. Be patient. It will end soon. (Don’t be embarrassed in public places – remain calm, speak quietly.)
  2. Distractions work . . .  toddlers are interested in everything!
  3. Provide choice any time you can. “Do you want to wear the red pants or the blue pants?
  4. Avoid too much choice – two possibilities is best.
  5. Speak simply. Avoid baby-talk. Use short sentences.
  6. Watch your tone of voice. Toddlers are sensitive to all manner of angry, loud and scary noises or words. Be clear about consequences while being kind and gentle. And watch your own swearing – they are masterful mimics!
  7. No sarcasm. Before the age of reason, the nuances of this type of humour are completely lost or misunderstood.
  8. Routines are very important especially around bedtime and eating. However, don’t become rigid. Allow flexibility in some areas once in a while.
  9. Distinguish behaviour from the child. “I don’t like what you did but I love you anyway.”
  10. Certain kinds of bribery work and are good. The good ones are called positive behavioural reinforcement. Choose carefully (not candy).
  11. Don’t wrap your child in bubble-wrap. They need to develop ‘grit’ by trying things, failing or falling down and picking themselves up again. You need to be nearby to kiss the boo-boo’s, but that is it.

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Moving on: Youth from Evergreen takes a new step

Wood's Homes, Street, Homeless

By Kirk Weeks, Evergreen Program Manager – Wood’s Homes

A tough, gang-entrenched, 15-year-old girl came to Evergreen from Winnipeg in April 2012. We quickly discovered that this angry, scared young lady, who lashed out at small things, was hiding a caring and sensitive girl underneath.

When she first came to us, she would rarely let her caring and sensitive side show. This was how she kept herself safe. She would get into fights with other kids, run away, yell at staff, or even sometimes hit them. This meant that police were occasionally involved and she would sometimes be taken into custody, but she always came back. Continue reading