Missing Sleep or Misbehaving?
Missing Sleep or Misbehaving?

Missing Sleep or Misbehaving: Which One is it? Far too often, the importance of a good night’s sleep is overlooked in preschool aged children when behaviors are involved.  Did you know that 11-13 hours of sleep are recommended each night for...

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Focusing Young Ones
Focusing Young Ones

Hocus Pocus, This is How We Focus!   The setting: Circle time in a 3 year old preschool class. The Teacher claps twice then states in an animated voice: “Hocus pocus,”  Children Respond “…this is how we focus!” I heard this cute little...

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Time-Out Troubles?
Time-Out Troubles?

Time-Out Troubles?  How many times have you tried to put your child in time out and found yourself saying “This just doesn’t work for us!!”  I don’t propose that I have a magic plan to make time out work for you and your child, but I do want to...

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Positive Discipline in School
Positive Discipline in School

 Understanding Positive Discipline in Schools Before we even address how this works, please understand that discipline is not punishment. Let me say that again, discipline is not punishment! These are two different concepts.  Although having a...

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“Give me attention!”

Attention Seeking Students They follow you. They interrupt you. They talk out. They touch your stuff. They touch you. They are in your face. They talk louder and louder until they get your attention (or are told to go on their way). They are a...

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Talking out
Talking out

Students Who Talk Out During Class Time… I don’t know about you, but being interrupted while you are talking gets under my skin. It’s almost as bad as when someone lies to me. In either case, it is rude behavior! Call it...

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Communication is a Must
Communication is a Must

   Communication is Critical  On-going communication with your students and their their parents is key. Phone calls, notes, emails, high-fives, and token rewards are all examples of ways to communicate positive news to students and parents. Note...

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Bonding equals success
Bonding equals success

Bonding With Your Students is a Must! Year after year, some teachers have very little to no behavior problems within their classroom.  Their classes are full with respectful, diligent workers who follow procedures. What’s up with that?...

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Banish Biting Behaviors
Banish Biting Behaviors

 What can be done about kids who bite? I once worked with a 22 month old who was referred for biting others at daycare. The parents were very distressed that their child was being labeled as “the problem child” and, understandably, other parents...

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Supermarkets and Toddlers
Supermarkets and Toddlers

Surviving the Supermarket with your Toddler  As parents, we’ve all been there! Walking through the aisle at the supermarket attempting to simultaneously fill your grocery cart up with everything on your list and keep your toddler entertained and...

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I Love You No Matter What!

Everyday say , “I love you no matter what!” to your kids. Plain and simple. Do it! When raising children, it is critical for them to know that that they are loved no matter what they do or say.  It doesn’t take a genius to know...

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Arguing in Front of the Kids
Arguing in Front of the Kids

Sometimes, It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It    There has never been a set of parents who get along or agree 100% of the time. In fact, if you did get along all of the time, it would be boring and a little weird. However...

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