Response Infographic

How to Respond to an Emotional Child Children of all ages experience a range of feelings just as adults do. However, they need us to teach and show them how to express themselves appropriately. There are a whole bunch of possible interventions to...

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Consistency is Everything!

No one thought about parenting this way before their kids were born. I don’t think many of us thought it would be so hard. It’s human nature to want to take the easy way out…sometimes. We all know that parenting is hard. When you use positive...

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Coping Toolbox
Coping Toolbox

Jen thought it couldn’t be done. She thought her daughter was destined to always have conflict with others because she couldn’t control her emotions. And at home? Wow, it was even worse. When things didn’t go her way, watch out!...

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Incentives are a MUST!
Incentives are a MUST!

I have met countless people over the years who frown upon incentives being used to get children to behave well. Children are being bribed for doing what they should do anyway. “Children should automatically behave and respect their elders”, they...

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How to Use Consequences
How to Use Consequences

“She doesn’t care!” That was the main problem presented to me by one of my clients. We’ll call her Jane. “When I speak, she doesn’t care. It’s like talking to a wall unless I’m up close and yelling. That’s when she finally does what I ask her to...

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Communication Fun! Come Play…
Communication Fun! Come Play…

Argh….it can be frustrating and heart-wrenching at all the same time when kids are defiant. We love them so much and want the best for them. “Why won’t they just calm down and listen to me??” I write those words from first hand...

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It’s OK to Cry, BUT…
It’s OK to Cry, BUT…

It’s totally OK to cry and show emotions. BUT… What isn’t OK is when those emotions turn into unsafe and destructive behaviors. Admit it, we all have emotions and we all cry from time to time. It could be due to sadness...

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Teaching Our Kids to Regulate
Teaching Our Kids to Regulate

If you’ve been following our series on emotional regulation, it will come as no surprise that this post is focused on how to support children in using strategies to regulate their own emotions. This takes time, practice, and patience; yet...

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