Category: Behavior, Discipline & Sleep
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Did you know that mistakes are integral to the learning process? It’s true. Failure actually helps students develop their ability to improve and hone fundamental skills. Those who don’t view failure as an opportunity can find themselves struggling later on. Of course, our achievement obsessed culture doesn’t help matters. We don’t often hand out awards for most spectacular failures. Only when that failure is turned into a success do we typically offer praise.
Whe...Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:13 PM
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Stomping, slamming, screaming, tears, tantrums — these may be only some of the behaviors parents are witnessing at home right now. It is not an exaggeration that times are very hard for families; parents are doing their best to juggle their lives amid this crisis. But when children are acting out, it only adds to the impossibility of the moment. What can parents do to lead to a happier household? Be S.M.A.R.T.
In difficult situ...Posted on May 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM
So your child is about to begin this huge stage of independent self-care and you have a million questions. Are they ready? Are you ready? Is it going to be a complete disaster? Will they cry? Will you?
On the flip side, there’s the glory of no more diapers. Ever. Think of all the saved money you can stash away in that college fund. Not to mention, you really need a break. Plus, most preschools won’t let you drop off a kid who isn’t fully potty trained.
Clearly, this has to happen. Y...Posted on June 04, 2019 at 1:13 PM
It’s back-to-school time, and everyone is trying to get back on a schedule after summer vacation. Getting back on track can be a little more difficult in the city than in a rural or vacation setting. There are simply more sleep-disturbing distractions. But no matter where you live, your child needs adequate sleep to keep up with the social, emotional, and academic demands of their education-centered lives.
Good sleep starts in a healthy sleep environment. The conditions in your...Posted on September 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM
Missed last week's live webinar, "Potty Training for All"? It's now available in our video archive!
Potty-training expert (and developmental and occupational therapist) Dr. Laura Mraz presented an hour's worth of clear and effective strategies for potty training your child.
Viewing is free for members. Visit npnparents.org/videos now!
Posted on July 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM
While nighttime control often occurs years later, mastering daytime bladder and bowel control is a process which takes, on average, six months for a child to complete. Urine and stool accidents are common during those months and should be expected.
Toilet training regression, however, is defined as loss of these daytime skills long after the process is complete. It is understandably frustrating and concerning for parents when their child, several months diaper-free, suddenly refuses to...Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM
Anyone who is a parent knows that the job is tough. Really tough. If we moms and dads were really honest with ourselves, we'd have to admit that we had almost no idea what we were getting into when we brought that first baby home.
The old saying about kids not coming with a training manual is true. And the problem of "What do I do with this kid?" is intensified for parents in our contemporary rush-rush, worry-worry world. The problem is that when parents don't quite know what they're d...Posted on March 18, 2018 at 7:07 AM
“Rachel did it,” I insisted, at three years old, when my parents asked why there was blue ink on our ecru walls and white couch. I was informing them that my sister, their devious daughter, was to blame. After a booming count to three (my father’s timeframe to “come clean”), I was punished for vandalism—and lying.
As a child psychologist, I ask parents to list the concerns they have about their child. Although they may report behaviors such as yelling, hitting, or throwing tantrums, th...Posted on November 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM
On Sunday, November 1 at 2am, Daylight Saving Time ends—and for parents, this means a lot more than simply setting the clock back an hour.
“Time change can have a drastic impact on children, especially young children who easily become overtired,” said Mahdi Dadrass, Executive Director and co-founder of South Loop Montessori School. “More than just cranky moods or unpredictable temper tantrums, restlessness can drive habit-creating challenges that impede upon learning, impact social int...Posted on October 31, 2017 at 3:07 PM
As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to have friends. We want them to feel part of the group. The last thing we want is for our children to feel like they are on the outside looking in or, worse yet, being the victim of a bully.
Why are some children the target of negative attention in the form of bullying or exclusion from peers, while others seem to escape this experience? After working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed that on some level, children who su...Posted on October 02, 2017 at 1:25 PM