avatar Reducing Holiday Stress From Relationship Difficulties Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 19, 2014

I previously blogged about savoring Thanksgiving and, in particular, the enjoyment that comes from spending quality time with friends and family. Much of our happiness in life is nested within our relationships. Basically, this means when we have strong positive connections, we tend to be happy, and when we have conflictual relationships or feel disconnected,  …Read More


avatar Experiences Impact Happiness More Than Material Gifts Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Dec 16, 2014

As we approach the holiday season, I’ve been thinking about my upcoming visits with family and how to make the best of every moment together. My family is, sadly, spread out all across the country, so our visits are few and far between. Looking back at visits from previous years, I notice that I hardly remember  …Read More


avatar Alternatives to Time-Out Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Dec 3, 2014

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving full of gratitude and savoring! This week, I am following up to my last post about how to do an effective time-out with your child. I’ll be discussing some discipline strategies that you can use in combination with or as alternatives to time-out. These strategies are best  …Read More


avatar Savoring Thanksgiving Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Nov 25, 2014

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. There’s not the pressure of finding the “perfect” gifts, shopping mall madness, the trimmings and trappings…wait! I’m sounding like the Grinch! I DO love Christmas, it’s just that it can be a bit more stressful. I have to admit that I’m not hosting the Thanksgiving meal, so I don’t  …Read More


avatar Steps for an Effective Time-Out Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Nov 5, 2014

 Last week, we talked about how to effectively prepare for using time-out by working on hitting the “magic ratio” in your interactions with your child, setting clear rules, and explaining consequences to your child  before they are used. Spending this time in the beginning establishing clear rules and consequences will    help your child develop  …Read More


avatar Preparation for Time-Out Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Oct 29, 2014

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


avatar Time-Out! Are Parents Hurting Children With Them? Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
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


avatar Using the “Magic Ratio” for Positive Parenting Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
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


avatar Spanking Children: The Facts About Corporal Punishment Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Sep 22, 2014

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


avatar Redshirting – Should You Delay Kindergarten? Posted by Dr. Lindsay Evans
Sep 2, 2014

This week thousands of 5-year-old children in the U.S. and in the Austin area will be getting onto school buses to head toward their first day of kindergarten. But, there is a growing group of 5-year-olds that will not be getting on the bus; but will instead be staying in preschool for another year. It’s  …Read More