How to Understand and Respond to Your Child’s Behavioral Issues

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

As parents we wish we could subdue our children’s outbursts with a gentle re-direction. In some cases this works beautifully. But, in other cases it fails miserably, and the behavior we are wishing to stop increases. One important key to stopping unwanted behavior is to understand why the behavior started in the first place, what is underlying the behavior. This is often much easier said than done, but not impossible. Most kids respond to unpleasant situations with an emotional response. Susie wants the dolls her little sister is playing with, and when she is refused she begins to cry. David… Continue Reading


Posted by Beth Berkowitz on July 16, 2018

No Such Thing as Perfect: How to Help a Child Struggling with Perfectionism

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Picture a child who keeps a tidy, well-organized desk in class, a remarkably clean bedroom at home, makes sure his or her homework is perfectly neat and accurate, sets high goals, and expects the best from him or herself every time. The “perfect” child! So what could possibly be wrong? While it is important for children to learn to set goals and try to be their best selves, for some children these goals and high standards can develop into rigid, all-or-nothing self-expectations and an endless striving for “perfection.” Perfectionism is characterized by the setting of very high, often unattainable, standards… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on July 2, 2018

Does My Child Need to See a Therapist?

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Soon after I had my first child, I remember passing a billboard with a baby sitting in a diaper that said “These don’t come with instructions.” At the time I only had the smallest idea of just how true that was. As parents our job is complex—how do we nurture our child’s individuality and understand their sensitivities, while also encouraging independence and the ability to learn from their mistakes? The task can often feel monumental and overwhelming, particularly if your child is struggling. I am often asked when it is time for you and/or your child to go to a therapist… Continue Reading


Posted by Mimi Ezray on June 21, 2018

Positive Re-Direction—The Most Valuable Tool in Your Parenting Toolbox

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

Your 14-month-old is climbing on a chair and you are afraid that she will fall and hurt herself. Your 3-year-old is playing in the sand area at the park, throwing the sand in the air, and showering other kids with sand. Your 6-year-old is running around the house like a crazy person and roaring like a lion very loudly. What do all these behaviors have in common? You probably feel the need to stop them, and your child needs re-direction. The younger the child, the more their behavior is a reflection of developmental skill level, temperament, and their need at… Continue Reading


Posted by Stephanie Agnew on June 11, 2018

Rabbit Hole This Way …

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Technology

How to Help Your Kids Manage the Pull of Technology The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.— Lewis Carroll In conversations with parents about their kids’ use of technology, I hear the word “addiction” all the time. The media and a plethora of books about technology and youth reinforce this association of kids, technology, and addiction. In my observation, a rush to label young people’s complex relationship… Continue Reading


Posted by Claudia L’Amoreaux on June 4, 2018

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