Articles by Vanessa LaPointe

Vanessa LaPointe

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting expert, and registered psychologist (British Columbia #1856) who has been supporting families and children for more than fifteen years. Author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up, a regularly invited media guest and contributor, educator and speaker, a Huffington Post Parent blogger, and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development, Dr. Vanessa is known for bringing a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her work. The founder of The Wishing Star Developmental Clinic, Dr. Vanessa continues to work in her private practice at The Wishing Star, and has previous experience in a variety of settings, including the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development and the school system.


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Why Santa’s ‘Naughty-or-Nice’ list isn’t Nice, and What to Tell Your Kids Instead

In the final—and hectic—days before Christmas, it’s tempting to invoke Santa’s naughty-or-nice list to keep excitable kids in line. Unfortunately, as guest contributor Dr. Vanessa Lapointe explains, that list makes zero sense when you consider the developmental needs of children. Imagine what it would be like to go to work every day knowing that some…