Understand the Background of Immediate Reward Now

A positive reinforcement model includes laying clear boundaries, recognizing progress and rewarding good behaviors. In our busy lives, it is understandable to feel relief when things are running smoothly, but the fact is if you want to see them running smoothly for the long term then that behavior deserves and needs to be rewarded.

October 14th, 2018|Categories: Parenting, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

9 Life Changing Tips for Your Child to Express Their Emotions

Feelings are typically difficult for a child to understand. When you ask a child how they feel they will often refer to the event that caused the stir of emotions. Rather than say, “I’m angry” a child will exclaim, ”Johnny won’t let me have a turn.” It is important to identify one’s emotions.

Breakthrough’s Vlinder: Making it Look Like a Piece of Cake

Vlinder provides you with all of the “game pieces” you need to set up a positive reinforcement system with your children. It encourages responsibility by tracking your child’s tasks to completion and offers them the opportunity to earn rewards by “drawing cards” when they reach certain goals.

October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Educational|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How Wearing Different Hats Can Help Your Negative Self-Talk

Pessimism is not your friend. It does not have to be your enemy. Have you ever heard the phrase, "if you don’t know its broke you can’t fix it?” Part of being in charge of your life is learning how to listen to your self-talk, and TALK BACK!

September 25th, 2018|Categories: Social Skills|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Some Effective Tricks to Say Good Bye to Legos

When is it time to say goodbye to legos? My sons haven’t played with them in years, they are gathering dust on their shelf and they desperately need the space, and yet I find myself asking again when do we box them up and put them away?

September 8th, 2018|Categories: Childhood|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Some Effective Tricks to Say Good Bye to Legos

5 Mind Numbing Steps for Kids Craving Structure

Children crave structure. They appreciate knowing the rules and how far they can push. A parent told me “our generation has ruined it”. We get our kids what they want when they want it. When it comes time to give a gift there is little from which to choose. It is time to set some boundaries!

September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Mind Numbing Steps for Kids Craving Structure

How to Discipline Your Child – Punishment isn’t the Way

We want our children to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them. So the natural thought is to send them to the “time out” corner or up to their room to “think about what they’ve done.” Except they don’t. And they’re likely to keep up the same behaviors despite the punishment. So, how do you know how to discipline your child?

February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Behavior Management|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on How to Discipline Your Child – Punishment isn’t the Way

Helpful Hints of Healing

We all haven’t faced the easiest of lives. Unfortunately along for the ride are our little ones. As much as we try to protect them, their experience is undeniably different from that of their friends. It isn’t your fault. You might be able to look back and see things you could have done better, but isn’t that true of everyone? You do the best you can with the hand you’re dealt. As a result, your child may start to display some poor coping strategies and behaviors. There are positive methods that you can do that support your child.

Why Writing Thank You Notes Teaches Good Manners

You may or may not advocate handwritten thank you notes in your home; no doubt, you have your reasons either way. Some folks believe the practice is outdated and the idea shouldn’t be forced on unwilling kids. Others were taught when they were young that writing letters of thanks after receiving presents was a polite measure and want their kids to do the same. Perhaps no one is right or wrong, but kids can benefit from expressing their gratitude by writing thank you notes; here’s how.

January 21st, 2018|Categories: Behavior, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Why Writing Thank You Notes Teaches Good Manners