How Charting Behaviors Helps: Tantrums and Aggression

Charting behaviors like tantrums or aggression is often done by teachers in the classroom, so they can quickly gain a better understanding of what is happening. It is something parents can easily do at home. Charting means keeping detailed and consistent notes about the behavior. If a child were tantruming often in my classroom or … Continue reading How Charting Behaviors Helps: Tantrums and Aggression

Descriptive versus Evaluative Praise

The folks who research on praise would like parents and teachers to use descriptive praise and avoid evaluative praise when commenting on children’s behaviors, academics and athletics. What to Say and Why: Descriptive Praise Descriptive praise describes behavior and gives it a label. For behavior, this might be, “you handed a block, that was helpful,” or, … Continue reading Descriptive versus Evaluative Praise

Steps of Positive Discipline : A Grocery Store Example

Before the discipline, here’s a link to a previous post about ways to enjoy grocery shopping with your kids by age: https://parentingbydrrene.com/2013/06/02/successful-grocery-shopping-with-children/ Discipline Scenario: Your three-year-old wants to walk at the grocery store, but repeatedly pulls things off the shelf onto the floor. Proactive discipline techniques: Positive directions – This is a reminder to tell … Continue reading Steps of Positive Discipline : A Grocery Store Example

Preventing Tantrums : Emotion Language, Triggers and Cues

When children are tantrumming often, parents just want it to stop. Part of stopping tantrums is working to prevent them in the first place. Teaching your child emotion language and knowing their triggers and cues can go a long way towards prevention. Children need emotion language to better express their upsets. When they can label … Continue reading Preventing Tantrums : Emotion Language, Triggers and Cues