As I discussed in my last blog, decades of research have shown that, when used correctly, time-out is an effective discipline strategy for the majority of children. However, in order for it to be effective, parents need to be comfortable with the practice and have a clear understanding of when and how to use it. …Read More
Preparation for Time-Out
Oct 29, 2014
Time-Out! Are Parents Hurting Children With Them?
Oct 16, 2014
Most parents have probably heard of time-out and have likely tried it with their children. It is a practice promoted by many parenting experts (including pop culture “experts” such as Nanny 911), and few would describe it as a highly controversial approach. Recently, however, Time Magazine published an article by doctors Dr. Daniel Siegel and …Read More
Using the “Magic Ratio” for Positive Parenting
Oct 12, 2014
Positive Parenting and Relationships For this blog, I want to cover a positive parenting approach that is a much more effective alternative to corporal punishment. In my last blog, I reviewed why corporal punishment is an ineffective (and even counterproductive) strategy for managing children’s behavior. Again, if one already believes corporal punishment is an effective behavior management …Read More
Spanking children – should parents be using corporal punishment? This debate comes up periodically and has recently been reignited in light of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s indictment for child abuse for spanking (hitting?) his 4-year-old son with a switch. Of course, this is a hotly debated issue and is very value-laden. In fact, it …Read More
The recent death of Robin Williams has left us all reeling. How could this light have gone out? He was a comet blazing across the sky for so long we thought it could never end…especially this way. He was part of the fabric of our lives, woven into us through his prolific career and iconic …Read More
You probably remember that antsy feeling before the first day of school. It was a combination of excitement, a little bit of nervousness, and maybe some sadness about the end of vacation. Some kids worry about getting a mean teacher or having a bully from last year reappear in their class again. Mixed feelings …Read More
What’s Up With Kids and Entitlement These Days?
Aug 6, 2014
Sometimes I really feel my age when I tell my kids, “Back when I was your age, we used to __________” and fill this in with something about how I had it rougher as a kid than they do. Remember the grumpy old man skit by Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live? Well, I’m not THAT extreme, but …Read More
Do We Only Use 10 Percent of Our Brains?
Jul 21, 2014
This could be a really short blog. As for the answer to the question of “Do we only use 10 percent of our brains?” : No! Now here’s the longer answer. This myth bothers me because it been proven wrong long ago but is still commonly passed around. It has my hackles up because I heard the quote recently …Read More
Well, we are thick into summer, and I hope that yours is going well! If you are a parent, you might be faced with the common struggle of getting your kids away from the screen (in whatever format – TV, iPad, Playstation, Nintendo DS, iPhone). When I was a kid, screen entertainment didn’t offer near …Read More