behavior management

Connection

father and son building

Why Your Energy Matters In her book, The Good News about Bad Behavior, the author, Kathryn Lewis, identifies three steps that are taught in the Parent Encouragement Program. The first step is connection. Research has consistently shown that babies and children need connection.  Connection can mean physical touch.  It can mean creating emotional rapport through…

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What every child wants…

Children playing with painting

Misbehavior and belonging In last week’s post, I discussed studies that indicate that children today are harder to teach and more difficult to discipline than in previous years.  Diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety and depression are skyrocketing.  What is a parent or educator to do?  How can we cope? Before identifying some approaches to the problem,…

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Parenting and the Word NO

Angry mother scolding a disobedient child

The importance of learning the word: no One of the most important words, we as parents can learn to say is “no”.  I realize that I’m starting this post off on a rather negative note, and it’s certainly not my style, but it’s a hard lesson to learn and I was reminded of it just…

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3 Steps to Behavior Change

Kids posing over white

Use Brain Science to Change Behavior As parents and educators, we are often faced with encouraging children to change their behavior.  We want a child who uses physical  force to express their frustration to learn to express their anger in more constructive ways.  We want a child that is bossy to learn how to communicate…

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Kids and anger

Kids and Anger Challenges Do you have a student who has a low frustration tolerance?  Even the slightest thing sets him off? Do you have a child that loses control and throws temper tantrums?  Are you walking on eggshells trying to keep her on an even keel? What can you do to teach more emotional…

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Teaching kids to get better at getting along

You’ve got two kids who disagree and fight constantly… Yet they seem attracted to each other like magnets… You’ve talked to them You’ve threatened them You’ve separated them… repeatedly. What’s the answer? We’ve all been in this situation before as educators and parents; two kids who just can’t get along but who somehow manage to…

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