5 Tips for Wandering Kids

Today we’ll analyze a common everyday problem and apply some behavior management tools to prevent and solve it. Problem: Matthew runs away in the grocery store parking lot. It’s difficult for many young children to stand and wait. They have to be on the move! They will not stay put anywhere for more than short […]

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Guest Post – You Can Teach Your Baby to Talk!

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This is a guest blog by our Northern California Director, Traci Bean. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I am often asked, “How do I support my child’s language development at home?” Many parents are surprised that what they do everyday is already fostering communication development! Of course, the answer to this question has to take into account the […]

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Positive Parenting

A paramount parenting goal is to develop and maintain positive relationships with their children. This gives your child a stable environment in which to grow. Today I’m going to focus on three important aspects of this positive relationship: 1) preventing problem behaviors before they arise; 2) setting realistic expectations; and 3) healthy communication. 1. Prevention […]

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Changing Gears

I always emphasize in these blogs that we should reward good behaviors (i.e. not ignoring your child when they behave well) while not rewarding problematic ones. For example, your child throws a tantrum when you tell her to clean her room and as result, you discontinue the request. Or you give your child that ice-cream […]

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Managing Behaviors and Feeling Good About It

If you find yourself raising your voice, repeating the directions endlessly, threatening to take away privileges, constantly arguing, or “policing” in any other way, something is wrong. If you feel frustrated even when you were able to control challenging behaviors, something is wrong. The goal is to manage behaviors and feel good about it. Parenting […]

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The Flame and the Cake

Parenting is the most important job on earth. And probably the most difficult. I don’t know the sacrifices you make day in and day out. I don’t know your moments of joy or your moments of sorrow and pain. I just have some ideas about parenting that I learnt through formal education and experience. These […]

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Transitions

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Transitions between activities and from preferred to non-preferred activities can be highly stressful for kids, creating anxiety and leading to challenging behaviors. This is particularly true when the transitions are unexpected. Taking into consideration that there are situations you can’t prevent, I want to present some strategies that will help considerably. Priming: Children need priming. […]

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Preventing Challenging Behaviors

Prevention goes beyond saying “no” or “stop.” Identifying possible problems before they arise and knowing how to manage those problems are two crucial skills in the prevention process. In order to identify problems you need to be actively involved in your child’s life. Knowing how your child thinks and acts will help you to notice […]

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Parenting Can be Overwhelming

Being a parent is an overwhelming responsibility. I hear you. You not only have to take care of your children, but also you need to fulfill many other roles. And this can be stressful indeed. If not recognized and dealt with, stress can affect your physical, emotional and mental health. As a result, your family […]

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When a Child Bites

In these blogs I usually discuss general behavior management principles, such as reinforcement, prevention, teaching functional skills, etc. Today I would like to tackle a very specific and “real” problem: Your child bites! When a child bites, strong emotional responses follow. Children and adults experience feelings of fear, anger, frustration and guilt. Biting cannot be […]

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