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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.

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In The Heat of the Moment

In The Heat of the Moment

Am I Co-regulating or Co-escalating? By John Hoffman | September 2020 Is There a Secret to Being a Good Parent? Years ago, when I was a viewpoint columnist for Today’s Parent magazine, I wrote a column that said something like this. Eureka! I have found it! “The...

Self-Reg Summer Symposium 2023: In Person Again! Yay!

Self-Reg Summer Symposium 2023: In Person Again! Yay!

I gotta tell ya – I don’t get out that much. I’ve been a work-at-home type for almost 40 years, and my active social circle is relatively small. Add COVID-related social restrictions and caution to that, and you can see how my face-to-face social contact has been...

What is Self-Regulation—Really?

What is Self-Regulation—Really?

Shared understandings and language matter Did you hear the one about two psychologists and a philosopher who searched The Google for the true meaning of self-regulation and found 447 definitions? This is not the first line of a bad joke. It actually happened. Back in...

And the Parenting Advice Just Keeps on Coming

And the Parenting Advice Just Keeps on Coming

Advice for parents is seldom in short supply. But this September, as kids return to school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve noticed an uptick in parenting advice, and mental health advice in general. In 10 minutes on social media this morning I saw posts about: •...

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