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Is Homeschooling Is Right For You? The Answer May Surprise You!

For those of you who are new here, hi - my name is Niki, and I'm the owner/founder of HFM’s. Last week I shared a blog post all about my homeschooling experience.  In case you missed it, you can read it here. Anyways, I got such great feedback from that post - I wanted to create a part two. Over...[ read more ]

Tales of a Reluctant Homeschooler

Hi Mommas - It’s me Niki, and I’m back with another blog. For those of you who didn’t know already, I am a proud mother of a large family! One daughter and 8 sons. Although they are all grown up now and grandbabies are finally coming, I seriously wonder how things can possibly succeed at this time in the school...[ read more ]

Back to School Adventures: Ready Or Not Here We Come

Alright, momma’s - let's do this   I'm just going to be real here, no one knows what the next week, month or year will even look like.  So, we're going to have to be a little flexible. There are so many things going on right now totally out of our control. If we are feeling like this imagine what...[ read more ]

Welcome to the Healing Family Matters Counselling Blog

Hi! I'm Niki Hardick and I’m the owner/founder of HFM’s.  I wanted to introduce myself and talk a little about my mission. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor-C and a good member in standing with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and the International Association for Sand Tray Therapist. I'm an integrative therapist, which means I use the best techniques from...[ read more ]

Get Some Sleep! 5 Tips for Busting Through Your Insomnia

If you find yourself struggling to fall or stay asleep, you’re not alone. Insomnia, the chronic inability to get sufficient sleep, is a common problem affecting millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 study, more than a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep on a daily basis.With a lack of sleep at the...[ read more ]

How to Practice Self-Care as a New Mother

While there are many surprises and challenges that await you in motherhood, one of the biggest shocks may be time management, or the feeling of being overwhelmed. No matter how happy and fulfilled you may be as a new mom, if you don’t take time out of your busy day to take care of yourself, you’re not giving your precious...[ read more ]

4 Games to Improve Your Young Child’s Vocabulary

We take it for granted that babies grow into little people that eventually know how to talk. We don’t typically send them to language school and they don’t order “Rosetta Stone – Human Adult Language” courses online. Babies normally pick up language all on their own.There have been different theories on how children learn to speak, and while we don’t...[ read more ]

Why to Avoid Using Toddler-Talk with Your Toddler

When children become old enough to start school, they have already developed some kind of language ability. The degree to which kids use and understand language is important and has an enormous impact on their entire educational career.How Do Young Children Develop Language Skills?There is a growing body of evidence that points to a strong parental influence on early language...[ read more ]

5 Ways to Recharge Your Energy After a Rough Day

Few things zap your energy the way a stressful day can. Stress is known to reduce our levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play an important role in our mood, energy and motivation. After a difficult day, you might be tempted to lounge on the couch watching TV until it’s time to go to bed. Although it might feel...[ read more ]

How to Help Your Child Transition into a 2-Home Scenario After Divorce

Going through a divorce can be a tumultuous time for any adult, and for children it can feel like their world is falling apart. It can be confusing for children to have two homes, particularly in the early stages of divorce. But there are ways to bring positivity and excitement to this change, while reducing your child’s stress significantly.Provide StabilityHelp...[ read more ]



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