Extended Stay with Grandparents

Dear Dr. Rene, My five and six year old children are going to be staying with their grandparents for two months while we move our household and set up our new house in Germany. How do we keep this separation a positive experience and let them know they haven’t been abadoned? Sincerely, Sybil Mother of … Continue reading Extended Stay with Grandparents

Tantrums at School

Dear Dr. Rene, I am a mother of four, and am expecting a fifth. Our second to youngest child is throwing really bad tantrums in school. These tantrums are out of control and disrupt the entire class. The school is talking about suspension because this is interrupting the whole K, first and second grade hallway. … Continue reading Tantrums at School

Preventing Tantrums

The best way to manage tantrums is to prevent them. Here are several tips to prevent the next meltdown. Teach Emotion Language – The more emotion language children have, the less they need to tantrum. The idea is the language can replace to behaviors. If children are able to vent their emotions, they are less … Continue reading Preventing Tantrums

>Difficult Transitions

>Dear Dr. Hackney, I have two 18-month-old boys and want to know a good way to transition them from one task to another, especially when they don’t want to end the initial task. For example, when they have to leave a fun activity to go home, I find that at this age, giving a five … Continue reading >Difficult Transitions

>Aggressive 2 Year Old

>Dear Dr. Hackney, I attended your Positive Discipline class. Every time Sean (22 months) goes to hit someone, I say, “Hands down: hitting hurts” while holding his hands down. He seems to find this funny and just laughs every time I do it. Once his hands are free; he hits again. I don’t feel like … Continue reading >Aggressive 2 Year Old

>Cursing

>Dear Dr. Hackney, Earlier this week, my six year old son was playing Legos, and when the tower he wasworking on fell over, he said “Oh F—!” I fairly calmly called him over and said something like “What did you say?” and then “Where did you hear that?” Of course, he said “From you!” We … Continue reading >Cursing

>Hitting at 22 months

>Dear Dr. Hackney, I attended your Positive Discipline class. Every time Sean (22 months) goes to hit someone, I say, “Hands down: hitting hurts” while holding his hands down. He seems to find this funny and just laughs every time I do it. Once his hands are free; he hits again. I don’t feel like … Continue reading >Hitting at 22 months

>starting school

>Dear Dr. Hackney, I need your help!!! My six year old daughter Amy is having some anxiety related to starting school soon. She has been having difficulty going to bed at night; this seems to be the only time it manifests itself. As soon as I move to leave the room, she starts fidgeting and … Continue reading >starting school