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How Do Adults Cry?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Last night I was saying goodbye to a student and his mom. He had a pouting look on his face, so I asked him what was on his mind, and he stuck his thumb in my face. After a short discussion I learned that he had slammed his thumb in the car door and that […]

Redirection & Role Modeling in Effective Discipline

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

This post will be the last in my series on effective discipline. I hope each of you have enjoyed my ideas. Most important though, I hope that they have been helpful to each of you. So to wrap up, I’m going to chat a little about redirection and role modeling. Role modeling is very important […]

Vacations–the new timeouts?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

To start off today’s post on timeouts, I’m bringing in an assistant: Miles the Cat. Miles joined my family this summer as a young kitten. He is a very adventurous, curious, and playful kitten. One afternoon my husband and I were trying to play a board game which included many small pieces and cards. Miles […]

Consequences & choices

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The great thing about consequences is that they have a lot to do with the choices the child makes. At every opportunity we get, we ought to provide our children with choices. “Do you want to wear the green outfit or the red outfit today?” Often times we’ll hear something like, “I want to wear […]

Resource Sharing

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Since I’ve been doing the daily pieces on effective discipline, I’ve had a lot of really interesting conversations with our families on the topic. Here are a couple of articles that have been passed my way: Hyperactive Kid? Help the Parents Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better Teaching Kids to be Kinder at Home […]

Verbal give & take

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Verbal give and take becomes really important in the later years, starting around seven-years old. But we want to establish this as a habit at a young age—showing our children that we value what they have to say. As far as effective discipline is concerned, verbal give and take is where we encourage discussions about […]

Explanations & Reasons–Effective Discipline

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

This portion will be immediately useful for parents of children older than three. So younger parents, store this away! As our children get older, we start having rich conversations and dialogue. It’s a way to explain to them why we behave differently at school than we do at home, for example. Explanations and reasons are […]

Responsiveness & effective discipline

Monday, April 1st, 2013

How you respond to your child effects their discipline. The biggest thing to take away from this section is that yelling and screaming do not work. I’m going to say that again, because it’s that important, yelling and screaming do not work. We reserve this approach for when a child’s safety is jeopardized (for example, […]

Consistency & effective discipline

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Yesterday we talked about the importance of being overly clear when giving our children directions and placing expectations on them. The next component of effective discipline is consistency. Discipline is consistency. When we have the same expectations from day-to-day, we are providing our children with an orderly world which they can easily understand. It’s impossible […]

Clarifying Expectations

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

There are eight items that I’m going to discuss in regard to effective discipline. On today’s agenda is “clarifying expectations”.     Children are very literal beings. As adults in their lives, we too easily forget this fact. One day a student had removed his socks and shoes during circle time. His teacher said to […]