5 Things I Did That Transformed My Child’s Behavior


Here are the 5 things that I did that transformed his behavior:

1. Take away something he loves.

I like to keep things simple so I started with the easiest. I took away his apple juice. For two reasons really. One, because he LOVES his apple juice and I needed to find something that he loved…that I could take away so he would understand that he doesn’t get the things he wants when he acts bad. Maybe for your child this is a specific toy, or blanket? For SJ… it was his apple juice. And two, because I felt like the sugar in the juice was keeping him awake at night

I’ve tried this before…but when I say the kid wouldn’t drink anything else but apple juice? I mean that. So I always just said…”Well, I have to give it to him because he doesn’t like anything else.”

Mistake number one. Too bad…if he doesn’t like anything else then he needs to learn to like something else. So, I said absolutely no more apple juice. You know what happened? He screamed and threw a huge fit for over an hour, yes…but after 60 minutes of that? He asked for milk. Yes, MILK.

And he’s been drinking milk ever since.

Time is up for timeouts

http://www.rosaforlife.com/2018/02/time-is-up-for-timeouts.html

(CNN) — Without meaning to, my wife and I conducted an A-B experiment while disciplining our two children. They are 4½ years apart, and somewhere in that gap -- thanks to the suggestions of the progressive, mindful parenting books we regularly consume -- we did away with the popular refuge of nearly all parents (probably since the dawn of time): the "timeout." As some Neanderthal dad probably yelled, "Go to your part of the cave until you've calmed down!"

The arguments for the timeout boil down to: 1. It's better than spanking. (True.) 2. Parents want a little time away from a child's aggravating behavior. (No doubt.)

Timeouts have been popular for decades and are still recommended by some parenting experts. But it's time to add the timeout to the parental dust bin of history, along with yelling, hitting and missing school in order to help run the farm.

What makes kids picky eaters


Some kids are happy to snack on carrots, raw peppers and hummus, while other kids would be happy to follow a carb-based “white” diet of pasta, rice and bread.

Why are some kids so fussy about food? It turns out there a dizzying number of reasons your child may turn up his nose at mealtimes. A 2015 review of dozens of studies that date back to the 1990s that looked at kids' eating patterns found that fussy, picky or choosy eating habits were linked to and affected by everything from personality traits to parental control at mealtime to social influences to maternal eating patterns. Or it could just be your kid being, well, a kid.

An important point to remember is that fussy or picky eating is normal in young kids, says Lee Gibson, PhD, a reader in biopsychology and director of the Clinical and Health Psychology Research Centre at University of Roehampton in London. And in general, overreacting or trying to apply strict dietary regimes to discourage picky eating tends to be counterproductive.

The Key To Raising A Happy Child

http://www.rosaforlife.com/2018/02/the-key-to-raising-happy-child.html

For much of the past half-century, children, adolescents and young adults in the U.S. have been saying they feel as though their lives are increasingly out of their control. At the same time, rates of anxiety and depression have risen steadily.

What's the fix? Feeling in control of your own destiny. Let's call it "agency."

"Agency may be the one most important factor in human happiness and well-being."

How a 'sugar budget' helped one family eat healthier


Like most parents, Paddy Spence doesn’t want his daughters eating too much junk food. He also doesn’t want to be the dad who won’t let his kids have fun.

“At the end of the day, it’s horrible to be the parent who’s just wagging your finger and saying ‘No,’” Spence tells NBC News BETTER. “Why not let your kid make those choices herself and actually feel great about them?”
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