About us

Dr Solmon’s Wisdom

We know first-hand the pressures that parents face today to ‘get it right’.   Most of the parenting information found online can be overwhelming, often contradictory and even sometimes false.

This is where we come in!

Our Wise Parenting Academy fills the huge gap between what the scientific community has known for years and is still learning about child development, and what is commonly believed by parents today.

We’ll help you understand what actually underlies your child’s behaviour so that you’re better equipped to react in a way that will favour your child’s optimal development.  This means you can feel both relaxed about your parenting and confident that you’re doing the right thing.

 

How do we help you?

We’ll give you simple explanations to complicated child development issues.

We are devoted to:

  • simplifying developmental milestones to help you understand what your child is living through and how it affects his or her behaviour
  • separating opinion and personal experience from scientifically based information
  • clearly and simply explaining issues that are sometimes very complex
  • always keeping long term consequences of actual parenting in mind

Our Facebook, Instagram  and Pinterest feeds are designed to offer you accessible and brief explanations for child development issues in order to understand your child’s behaviour and parent more confidently.

 

Who are we?

Alexandra

Alexandra is co-owner of a custom jewelry company and the mom of a son who is now a toddler. She always looked forward to mothering. A mom of today’s culture, she turned to books, the web and the experiences of other moms to learn more about parenting. When her son was born, she enrolled in mom and baby courses, set up play dates with newfound mom friends and continued to read parenting tips online.

She did all of this, as many moms do, without finding a pointed, science-based resource that she could turn to with confidence for all of her parenting questions.  It seemed as though for every personal opinion she read that took one position, there was another that took the opposite position.

As her son grew and she met more and more moms, she found they all had some common underlying questions.  She hears what’s keeping them up at night. She knows what they’re asking each other in the park and at play dates. She knows what they’re looking for online. And, she’s now on a mission to use all of these questions as the framework for Dr. Solomon’s Wisdom and The Wise Parenting Academy.

Above all else, she wants other parents to have greater peace of mind and more confidence in how they parent because they know and understand the reasons for their child’s behaviour and the consequences of their reactions.

Dr Catherine Ruth Solomon

Dr. Solomon is a clinical and developmental psychologist who has devoted her life to understanding how babies grow up into the kind of adults they do.

Over 40 years of experience in child development, family interaction and infant psychological testing have given her great knowledge of the mysteries of a child’s developing brain.

Regardless of the setting, her goal has always been to pass this knowledge on to parents so that they can better understand their child, provide the best possible upbringing and enjoy a better quality of life themselves.

After working at Ste Justine Children’s Hospital, in Montreal, evaluating and treating children and their families, she took a post at the University of Montreal, where she conducted extensive research in normal child development.

She has always said that “parents should be on their child’s side and try to empathize with what their child is thinking and feeling”. “The better parents understand their child’s motivation, the more effective and positive their interactions and discipline with their child will be.”

 

So, why listen to what my mom has to say?

Coaches and baby experts can be found quite easily these days, but my mom’s pedigree is simply like none-other that I’ve seen online, particularly within the community of those disseminating information and training to parents.

Here are her academic credentials

B.A Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Psychology (Concordia University, Montreal)

This degree included courses in General Psychology: theories and methods of study in psychology; Developmental Psychology (how children develop and what factors affect development); Learning Theories (how people learn, how memory develops and works); Statistics (how to differentiate between results that are real and those that are coincidental) and Research Methods in Psychology (the development of a critical attitude in consulting the scientific literature, and how to conduct research in psychology), History of Psychology (the historical origins of psychology in philosophy, religious debates, social and cultural contributions to the development of the discipline and science of psychology).

 

B.Ph. Bachelor of Philosophy in Psychology* (Université de Montréal, Montreal)

Unlike other Bachelor’s Degrees, this program was focused only on psychology, no electives, and no options, and covers every area of psychology:

Cognitive Psychology – the development of intelligence

Neurological Psychology – the link between the brain and behaviour (memory, attention, language, thinking etc)

Physiological Psychology – the link between the brain and basic human functions (vision, audition, hunger, sleep etc)

Normal Development –   normal physical, social, cognitive, emotional development, from birth to death

Abnormal Development – development of psychological and behavioural problems from birth to death (Clinical Psychology)

Personality Development – how personality develops

Social Psychology – the interaction between individuals, groups and society

Psychology of Delinquency – what it is, how it develops

Industrial Psychology – the interaction between the individual, the work place environment and organizations.

Research methods in psychology – planning and carrying out research, analyzing the data and writing reports.

Statistics –

 

*The University of Montreal no longer offers this highly-specialized training in psychology. It was changed in the mid 1970s to a more general B.A. with a focus in Psychology. This specialized basic training was unique that era.

M.Ps. Masters of Psychology (Université de Montréal, Montreal)

A graduate program composed of clinical courses (family psychology, mental illnesses, the evaluation and treatment of psychological problems), an internship in an outpatient clinic, research and a Master’s thesis*.

Ph.D. Doctorate of Psychology (Université de Montréal, Montreal)

A graduate program of advanced courses in developmental (development across a lifespan) and clinical psychology, a clinical internship in a local hospital involving the evaluation of clients and training in individual psychotherapy and family therapy and research leading to a doctoral thesis*.

*Both theses  (MPs and Ph.D.) were based on research conducted with children and strangers on children’s reactions to strangers.