Setting a Good Example
We often hear the expression, “Children are like sponges,” uttered by parents, grandparents, educators and counselors. This phrase captures the reality that children are always learning from what they see and hear, and that the vast majority of what they learn comes from watching their parents. Parents can model a variety of behaviors to their children, including how to behave appropriately when angry.
Catching Kids Being Good
If you’ve ever taken a family dog through obedience training, you know the power and importance of praise in encouraging positive behavior. Praise is helpful not only for pets, but also for children. When parents consistently practice acceptance, approval and appreciation, they help their children grow into responsible, successful and confident adults.
The first step to using praise to reinforce your child’s good behavior is learning to catch him or her doing good.
Nip Bullying in the Bud
It can be hard to admit that your child is bullying others. But when you recognize this type of behavior in your child, it’s important to take action right away. Role-playing, or practicing, is an excellent way to teach positive social skills.
How to Role-Play
Top 5 Strategies for Managing Children's Behavior in Public
Planning ahead is essential to encouraging good behavior. Below are 5 ways to successfully manage kids’ good behavior in public:
How to Protect Children from Divorce
The moment a child is born, parents begin to protect. When parents get divorced, their focus often shifts to the stress in their relationship and the intense emotions they’re experiencing. It’s easy for even the most well-intentioned parents to overlook the need to protect their children from the fallout of the divorce. By actively focusing attention on four activities, parents can shield their children from some of the most damaging side effects of divorce.
Law #2: Inner Control Is Based on Outer Control
Self-control is learned behavior, and all parents would like their children to have more of it. In order to learn self-control, however, children first have to learn to let others, such as parents, control them. Being able to follow instructions is a good example. First, children learn to follow their parents’ instructions; then, they learn to follow instructions they give themselves. The same holds true for following rules, which are more “formal” types of instructions.
Myths About ADHD
The fact that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is classified as a medical disorder doesn’t stop a myriad of myths from circulating throughout our culture. We’ll tackle a few of the most common myths here so you can learn to separate fact from fiction when it comes to ADHD.
Balancing technology and media
Giving Your Teen the Silent Treatment
It takes two to tango. You cannot have a tug of war without people pulling on both ends of the rope. And, an argument between a parent and a teenager requires both participants to vocally state their point of view on the issue at hand.
To halt the tango, one partner merely has to stop moving. To end the tug of war, the people on one end of the rope merely need to let go. And to stop the argument, one person just has to stop speaking.
Teen Bedroom Extreme Makeover: Move that TV!
Home makeovers are all the rage these days. Now there’s a simple, absolutely FREE way parents can make over a teen’s bedroom and get a healthier teen in the process. This quick and easy makeover method can lead your teen to: