Through The Child’s Eyes 2017/2018

The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic proudly presenting a 6-part workshop series: Through the Child’s Eyes with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. #1856 and Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, RCC.

This series is specially created for every "big person" out there – moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, caregivers, teachers – who are invested in the growing up of children. Created and delivered by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, Registered Psychologist, experienced dynamic speaker and Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, RCC, this workshop series is now in its fourth year. Each of the workshops in this series are meant to stir in each participant the wonder of seeing the world Through the Child’s Eyes. Dr. Lapointe firmly believes that if each of us big people can find ourselves looking out at the world, experiencing and knowing the world, and feeling and responding to the world the way a child does, we are infinitely more capable of responding to children in ways that resonate with the science of development. That is, to do right by our children we need to see the world through their eyes.

Each workshop is a "stand-alone" workshop, and does not require participation in any of the previous workshops.


Registration is now closed.


All workshops will be offered at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic:

128-3388 Rosemary Heights Crescent, Surrey, BC V3Z 0K7.
A note about parking: there is a parking lot in the back of the building; there is also street parking on Rosemary Heights Crescent and on 34 Ave.

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The Series

We are thrilled to present the following 4 workshops in our sixth year of the "Through the Child’s Eyes" series:


How many times have we heard ourselves saying, «our children needed to come with a manual!» This workshop introduces you to the Circle of Security Parenting program which will be offered at The Wishing Star this coming Winter! It offers a clear road map to the needs of children, which if met much of the time, leads to security. Much of the time we inadvertently make parenting harder than it needs to be, not seeing what is right in front of our eyes! This workshop will offer an opportunity to unlock your innate capacity as a parent to recognize and meet these needs. Please join us in sharing our positive intention to grow our children in the best possible way.

2. What it Means to Be a Parent: Growing ourselves to grow our children

Becoming a parent doesn’t come with a manual and often it leads to significant emotions and upheaval in ourselves as we wonder if we are doing it right. What we often don’t realize until we are in the middle of it is that growing up a child comes with the incredible opportunity to finally grow up ourselves. And in fact, when we have made sense of that we will finally be able to make sense of our children. This workshop will address the key elements of growth we must recognize and cultivate within ourselves as parents in order to do right by our children.

3. Parenting in the Early Years: What moms and dads of children 0-3 years need to know

Should you sleep train? What are you supposed to do when your 2-year-old has a tantrum? What if potty training becomes a battle? How should the transition into daycare be handled? If you have a child 0-3 years and have wondered about these and other key questions this workshop is for you. Making informed and wise decisions now about these things promotes resilience and improves outcomes ongoing. Using the science of child development we will address the big issues that come with raising your little one.


Sometimes things get turned upside down and you find your child telling you what to do and how to do it. In other words, being bossy, demanding, prescriptive, and generally large and in charge! There is a reason this is happening with increasing frequency for our children. Contrary to popular culture, this reason is not that children need a firmer, stricter hand. The true reason for why children are adopting the large and in charge stance is much more complex. This workshop will focus on understanding how things get flipped upside down in today’s parenting culture, and will provide ideas for taking steps toward turning it right side up!

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