The Nitty Gritty About Using Sticker Charts Or Other Behavior Management

Should You Use A Sticker Chart? If you have a young child, you have probably considered a behavior management system like a sticker chart or reward system of

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The Key to Holiday Rituals is the Word "Always"

When I ask people about their family rituals, most parents report back that they don’t really have any. Even my own brother has told me that our family

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Maintaining A Schedule For Little Kids During the Holidays

There are parents that live and die by the schedule. There are some parents that want a schedule for their little ones, but just can’t seem to stick

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Learn to Set Limits Without Saying No in 3 Easy Steps

For most parents, limits are usually set with one of these three words: NO. DON’T STOP. No, you can not play outside.  Don’t run in the hallway. Stop

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Consequences: Change Your Words To Change Behavior (Part 2)

Want to learn how to impose consequences without  being “the Bad Guy”? Here’s another simple language tweak that can have a big impact on behavior. We already talked

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Bribes: Change Your Words To Change Behaviors (Part 1)

Do you offer bribes to your child to get good behavior?  Parents often feel guilty about “using bribes” to get their children to comply with rules. I hear

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My Ex is An Alcoholic? Should My Child Still Have Visits?

Managing parent and child visits when drugs or alcohol is involved can be tricky. Sadly, drug and alcohol abuse is a factor in over 30 million homes (according

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Why Time-In May Work Better Than Time-Out

Time-in is a coping skill used by therapists to teach children how to regulate (aka deal with) difficult emotions.  Before we get into the details, let’s review some

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What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy? Are you unsure of exactly what that means? When people ask what I do for a living and I them I am a Play Therapist, I

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Praise for Kids That Actually Helps

Praise is supposed to be good for kids, right? What is wrong with saying “Good Job?” Well, nothing in particular, I guess. The wrong kind of praise can

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