John Hoffman

About John Hoffman

John has had three distinct careers that have blended together at times: roots musician, stay-at-home father and freelance writer. A former long-time columnist and feature writer for Today’s Parent, John now specializes in knowledge translation, blogging and writing for non-profit organizations like The MEHRIT Centre, The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Dad Central Ontario.
13 09, 2018

Concerned About Your Child’s Behaviour? Don’t Do This

By | 2018-09-12T14:44:14+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

When people ask me for advice about how to deal with a challenging behavioural issue from a child, I always start with my personal “Rule #1.” Whatever else you do, try not to make it worse. Why? Because if we don't make it worse, a lot of child behaviours, traits, [...]

21 08, 2018

The Seven Habits of Self-Reg Parents

By | 2018-08-21T14:41:41+00:00 August 21st, 2018|

As most of us know, parenting is an experience in which the learning never stops. Sometimes, the best way to gauge your progress as a parent is to stop and look back at how things used to be — six months or a year ago — and notice how much [...]

26 07, 2018

Two Big Takeaways from SRSS 2018

By | 2018-07-23T15:16:20+00:00 July 26th, 2018|

Well, it was yet another amazing Self-Reg Summer Symposium this year! My head is still spinning with some of the things I saw and heard, and the people I met. I wanted to share my thoughts about a couple of ideas that jumped out at me from Stuart’s “Luminary Sessions” [...]

5 07, 2018

Those Hazy Crazy Days of SRSS

By | 2018-07-04T16:23:24+00:00 July 5th, 2018|

Just about three years ago today I stood in a parking lot at Trent University waiting for Susan Hopkins. It was the day before the very first Self-Reg Summer Symposium and Susan and I were about to meet in person for the first time. I’d worked off and on with [...]

29 05, 2018

Why I Love Hearing Dr. Shanker Speak Live

By | 2018-06-01T13:16:59+00:00 May 29th, 2018|

I have many reasons to look forward to the Self-Reg Summer Symposium each year. One of them is meeting people: I work on my own out of a home office, so I don’t get the daily face-to-face contact with colleagues and clients that is one of the social benefits of [...]

24 04, 2018

The Importance of Fun in Kids’ Self-Regulation

By | 2018-04-24T14:46:36+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

This post is part of our Everyday Self-Reg series. When I was 21, my buddy Tom and I had this half-baked, youthfully idealistic notion that a lot of the world’s problems and conflicts could be solved if people would just be more playful and have more fun. As I grew [...]

22 02, 2018

What Is the Most Important Factor in Good Parenting?

By | 2018-02-22T17:28:36+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

This post is part of our Everyday Self-Reg series. I have spent almost thirty years writing about parenting. That includes: over 150 magazine articles more than a dozen parenting booklets brochures, blogs and web content interviews with over 100 educators and researchers interviews with several hundred parents hours of reflection [...]

8 11, 2017

Everyday Self-Reg: Manners and Courtesy

By | 2018-02-22T17:27:42+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

When I was a kid I had a very negative view of manners. I was taught manners and forced to use them. But I didn’t understand what they were for. To my 10-year-old self, manners felt like a form of social control, rules dreamed up by adults who felt driven [...]

1 09, 2017

Reframing Explosive Behaviour

By | 2018-01-24T16:57:39+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

This article was inspired by Dr. Shanker’s keynote lecture at the 2017 Self-Reg Summer Symposium. Learn more about SRSS here. If you’ve ever seen Stuart Shanker give a talk you’ll notice a couple of things before long. First, he never sticks to his script. Second of all, there’s always a [...]

8 06, 2017

Barrier Breakdown: The Magical De-Stressing Impact of SRSS

By | 2018-01-24T16:28:28+00:00 June 8th, 2017|

There’s a certain kind of stress that comes with being alone within a group. This can happen for numerous reasons, but the one I’m thinking of is the feeling of being the only person in your group who is passionate about an idea — like Self-Reg, for example. One of [...]

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