Category - Discipline & Behavior

Typical Temper Tantrum or Emotional Trouble? How to Tell the Difference

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preschool
Toddlers

By Robyn Matlon, Psy.D., licensed psychologist with Parents Place Marin In my experience as both a parent and child psychologist, emotional outbursts are one of the most concerning and frequent issues children are referred for. If you think about it, childhood is a pretty frustrating period of life. You’re starting to have ideas, hopes, and preferences of your own but you have very little control over any aspect of your life and someone bigger than you is always telling you what to do. Almost every child will have occasional meltdowns or tantrums, or angrily refuse to do something we ask… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on April 10, 2019

The Perils of Praise

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

By Joanna Faber and Julie King, authors and workshop leaders at Parents Place Parenting advice can give you whiplash. Be consistent but flexible, kind but firm, always supportive but never hovering.   One of our favorite crazy-making contradictions is: It’s important to strengthen your child’s self-esteem … but be careful not to overpraise! Just thinking about it is exhausting. There are so many ways to go wrong, why even open your mouth? Luckily, as long as you’re not being filmed for a reality TV show, nobody will rake you over the coals if you don’t praise your progeny perfectly. Still, if… Continue Reading


Posted by Julie King on January 16, 2019

5 Proven Ways to Help Your Child Manage Frustration

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

Life is full of challenging feelings, and kids don’t come pre-programmed with frustration management skills! Fortunately, with a little bit of guidance and a lot of patience, you can help your child develop coping strategies to deal with frustrations both large and small. “Frustration in and of itself is not a bad thing—it helps children learn how to become more resilient,” says Heidi Emberling, MA, Assistant Director of Parent Education at Parents Place. Here are Heidi’s tips to help your child manage frustration. Tailor Your Approach “A child’s world will always be full of emotional ups and downs. Some leading… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on September 26, 2018

Positive Parenting: Planning for Success

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Toddlers

Which tools are in your parenting toolbox? Having worked with families for over 30 years, I am familiar with various approaches to parenting, discipline, and guidance. The best approaches derive from our understanding of children’s brain development and either provide evidence for what we already know, present current information in a new light, or add something new and inspiring altogether. The Positive Parenting Program, or Triple P, a parenting program from Australia, is the latest evidence-based approach that has been supported by the state of California, among others. You may have taken a Triple P workshop, or seen one advertised…. Continue Reading


Posted by Bonnie Romanow on July 31, 2018

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

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