What is a Behavior Trigger and Why is it Important?

What is a Behavior Trigger? A trigger is a thought or a situation that leads to undesirable behavior choices. Most commonly, we find that triggers are caused by something in the surrounding environment or by another person’s actions. When we can figure out what thoughts and/or situations trigger our children […] Read more »

Grounding Technique To The Rescue!

What is the Grounding Technique? For many parents (myself included) when we hear the phrase, “Try grounding with your kids when they start to act out.” we immediately think of sending them to their room and removing privileges. On one hand, we are right – that is what is typically […] Read more »

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! There was yelling, screaming, refusal, and even some hitting. Jen […] Read more »

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 do”, Jane […] Read more »

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 experiences with my own kids along with […] Read more »

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 it is critical for us as parents to begin instilling […] Read more »

How to Stay Calm

Recently I shared an article titled “Emotional Regulation” where we scratched the surface on what it means to be able to regulate our emotions. More importantly, we took some time to consider how our choices directly relate to consequences for not only ourselves but for our children as well. As […] Read more »

Emotional Regulation

What exactly is emotional regulation? Simply stated, it is when one is able to regulate or stabilize their emotions. In other words: to remain calm enough to make positive choices. As adults we have to regulate automatically throughout the day. Some days are harder to regulate than others but it […] Read more »

Bringing Home Baby: Helping Your Toddler Adjust

Adding another child to your family? Congrats!! If you’re reading this, I’m sure you or someone you know is having some normal anxiety about how your child will adjust to the role of “Big Brother ” or “Big Sister”. There are many great ideas and tips out there on how to prepare your little one […] Read more »

Parent Conferences: tips for parents

Preparing for the Parent-Teacher Conference At least once per year, you will be contacted by your child’s school inviting you in for a parent-teacher conference. For many, this is an exciting time to get an update on how your child is progressing in school. For many others, this could be […] Read more »