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I work as a school and developmental psychologist at a few private schools and in my outside practice. In this role, there is a great deal of effort put into directing families to appropriate assessments and matching children with valuable services. While I understand a parent's hesitation at the … [Read More...]
Does your child get anxious or angry often or frustrated easily? In the moment it's often best to err on the side of support rather than challenging or giving logic and reason as an answer to their emotion. It's often helpful to acknowledge the emotion and provide empathy and give time and space to … [Read More...]
The steps of positive discipline provide parents with a framework for moving through any discipline exchange. For most all behaviors, the idea is to work forward through the steps and consider which are needed or are the best fit. I tend to get through most discipline exchanges with empathy and … [Read More...]
I am a firm believer in the steps of positive discipline as a framework for effectively managing most discipline exchanges. An active step is offering your child choices about how, when or where they can do the behavior you want them to do. If you want them to put on a coat you might offer "the red … [Read More...]
Contribution is giving children small ways to be helpful throughout the day. If you are folding laundry they can match socks, carry stacks of washcloths and put underwear in drawers. If you are getting dinner ready they can color placemats, butter rolls, serve greenbeans, fold napkins and take drink … [Read More...]
Last summer your four year old agreed to swim lessons, even seemed a little excited. When swim lessons started he clung to your leg and cried through the first lesson. He sat on the side for the next few lessons that followed. Here are some ideas for the next go around: Ask what they'd like to do - … [Read More...]
Last year we had a full week home with snow days. Late on day two we made a list. I hope it helps on your next snow day! Stay in your pajamas with your kids all day Take bubbles baths Bake cookies from scratch Color Paint Any craft kits that have been sitting on the shelf - our favorite … [Read More...]
Responsibility is best taught in small doses across childhood. Think of gradually increasing expectations, ownership and chores overtime. Responsible for belongings - A way to build a sense of responsibility is to have them gradually be responsible for their belongings. This means teaching them to … [Read More...]