Category: Behavior, Discipline & Sleep

Are you Tired of Time-Outs?

Are you Tired of Time-Outs?   Discipline in the Theraplay Spirit

Your patience is running low, your frustration is running high, and your kid is running everywhere!  Managing your child’s difficult behavior can be overwhelming, especially if it is a constant battle.  Often when children aren’t behaving well on the outside, they aren’t feeling well on the inside.

Thanks to those NPN Parents who attended the “Are You Tired of Time-Outs?” workshop at The Theraplay Institute.  Hopefull...

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Allison Levine

Less Conflict, More Cooperation

Looking for less conflict and more cooperation with your children? It’s amazing how different our daily interactions are when we use effective communication. Here are some tips to encourage cooperation when giving directions:

Give clear, specific directions when making a request.  Make sure you give your child a clear message that you want her to do something or stop doing something. Do not phrase your request as a choice or question.

Make your request once. Give one reminder. Then...

Posted on March 08, 2012 at 6:38 AM by Beth Miller

Can't sit still? Tips for helping kids sit still

Many children are in constant motion. Their bodies and minds are like a motor, always moving, squirming, wiggling, running, talking, and on the go. When the fidgeting becomes excessive, it can impede functioning and learning, and negatively impact every day life. Your child can be fidgeting for various reasons, including difficulty self-regulating .  He may have a “high engine” and need some heavy work input to lower his “engine,” or arousal, to a more regulated level. Or, he may have a “l...

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 5:48 AM by Marissa Edwards

It's All About Sleep

Fussy Baby Network was delighted to host a great infant Crying & Sleep seminar at Erikson Institute on January 26.  Forty five parents and expectant parents gave up their precious evening time to learn about infant sleep and how to get more of it!

Here are some of the main points that were discussed:

Experts are still discovering the true function of sleep.  Parents know that when infants and children get adequate sleep they are calmer and more available to play and learn.

Posted on February 07, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Marsha Baker

Teaching good manners to little ones

As a parent, you have had days when your children seem unmanageable. In reality, all children misbehave. 


Teaching proper etiquette from a young age is essential to a child’s social development. While all children learn in different ways and at different rates, manners should be a priority in a child’s life. Adults are constantly on display for children, and children will model what they witness day-to-day. Here are some tips and tricks you can implement on your way to having a b...

Posted on February 06, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Karla Issa

Sharing: A Uniquely Childish Skill

Like all parents, I hope with all my heart my son will be a nice person.  So—though I share other parents’ desire to avoid high-pitched shrieks of “MINE!” and embarrassing tantrums—instead of avoiding places where my son will scuffle with other kids over toys and turn-taking, I seek them out for sharing practice:

Sandboxes: Bring your own toys and enjoy the toys in the sandbox. “Mine” isn’t necessarily a terrible word if it means, “This is mine and I will share with you.”


Posted on January 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Rachel Kramer

Beyond Manners: Teaching Children Respect

Back talk, lack of manners, name calling, rude behavior and being demanding are commonplace. Teaching children respect and manners is essential; learning to live and behave respectfully translates into self–respect, the building block of self-esteem.

Give respect:

To receive respect from children, parents must respect them. Children learn to treat themselves and others from how they are treated.

Model respect and manners:

Children watch and listen to their parents. Someone ...

Posted on January 09, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Karen Jacobson

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation (Doubled!)

As a psychologist who treats sleep disorders, I think about sleep every day. But when I became a parent of twins, my interest in sleep took a new direction.

Now what? When and how to get started with good sleep habits

By the time the twins were about eight weeks old (adjusted age, since they were preemies), we were exhausted from the chaos and ready to set up good sleep habits. I knew the basics (bath, bottle, book, then kiss goodnight) but I didn’t know how and when to start. I de...

Posted on December 26, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Kelly Baron

Playing Nice Indoors & Outdoors

The NPN Parent to Parent Winter Newletter - On Your Best Behavior issue - has arrived! Download the full NPN winter issue. Watch your mailbox - it will arrive soon.  If you do not receive your Winter issue in the mail, please log into NPN and your My Account to get the next one at your door.

One of my favorite things about living in the city is the number of parks and play spaces I can go to.  We have a stash of things that live under the stroller to make the playgrounds even more exci...

Posted on December 01, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Beth Cohen Dorfman

Handling Separation Anxiety in Your Child


As children experience new activities and places, parents may notice an increase in their child’s anxiety or difficulty separating from a parent. Separation anxiety is a normal part of a child’s emotional development that helps a child distinguish between safe and non-safe environments. Peak times for separation anxiety are around eight to 10 months and again at 18 months.

Here are some tips to help ease times of transition:

1. As children learn to identify and manage their e...

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Aoife Lyons