Positive Parenting Tip: The Use and Misuse of Rewards

The Use and Misuse of Rewards The effective use of tangible rewards and social reinforcers can be powerful incentives for shaping children’s behavior. Rewarding desired behavior promotes learning and helps parents focus on what their child does right, instead of reacting to misbehavior. Positive reinforcement can be highly effective in establishing a new pattern of […]

Discover Common Ways to Help Your Children Cope with Grief and Loss

Helping Children Cope with Grief and Loss A child may experience grief and loss due to the death of a family member, close friend, or beloved pet; parental separation or divorce; military deployment of a parent; move from familiar surroundings; diagnosis of a chronic illness; or other life-altering event. Parents often underestimate the impact of […]

Different Discipline Styles for Different Children

Did You Know There are Different Discipline Styles for Different Children? With only a verbal reminder, your nine year-old daughter starts cleaning her room or doing her homework. But when you tell her younger brother to put his toys away or get dressed for school, he ignores your repeated requests and stalls or argues until […]

An Imbalance of Family Power

Many well-intentioned parents over-indulge their children in a misguided attempt to help them feel loved and special. However, daily giving in to children’s whims and wants prevents them from learning to handle frustration and develop self-control, respect, and cooperation. Furthermore, children of pushover parents, who are given too much family power, become anxious, fearful, angry […]