Praising a new skill: Bike riding || Alabando una nueva habilidad: andar en bicicleta

We bought a balance bike this week and it’s been amazing! Our son loves riding it and we have not had to carry him once since he got it, which has given my arms (and my husband’s shoulders) a well-deserved break. Needless to say, we have spent the whole weekend outdoors teaching him to ride… Continue reading Praising a new skill: Bike riding || Alabando una nueva habilidad: andar en bicicleta

Parent-child attachment relationship || Relación de apego entre padres e hijos

What is the parent-child attachment relationship? In his theory of attachment, Bowlby described the parent-child attachment relationship as a connection between a child and parent that helps keep the child safe and nurtured. Through repeated interactions with their parents, children learn how parents will respond to their needs (e.g., if they cry will the caregiver… Continue reading Parent-child attachment relationship || Relación de apego entre padres e hijos

Labelled praise || Elogios etiquetados

Labelled praise Children crave attention, especially from their parents. They therefore tend to engage in behaviors that they find result in the most attention from their parents, sometimes these behaviors can be inappropriate/undesirable behaviors (e.g., banging objects until mum/dad pays attention to them, pulling leaves of beloved plants). Inappropriate/undesired behaviors are not easy to ignore… Continue reading Labelled praise || Elogios etiquetados

Coercive Parent-Child Interaction Cycle || Ciclo de interacción coercitiva entre padres e hijos

What is a coercive parent-child interaction cycle? Externalizing behaviors, such as tantrums, are common in young children. However, if these behaviors persist long term they can have negative immediate and long-term impacts on the child and their family (e.g., externalizing behaviour has been linked to poor social and academic performance, increased parental stress) [1-4]. In… Continue reading Coercive Parent-Child Interaction Cycle || Ciclo de interacción coercitiva entre padres e hijos

Children are amazing and hilarious||Los niños son increíbles y divertidos

This post is about the amazing things about babies and toddlers. Just as a reminder that children are amazing and hilarious.  Babies The first time they do anything: SmileLaughCrawlWalkHug you backKiss youWiggle to music (dance)Say their first words The look of excitement on their face every time you walk into a room even if you… Continue reading Children are amazing and hilarious||Los niños son increíbles y divertidos

Reading to babies (0-12 months)|| Leer a bebés (0-12 meses)

Praise the behavior you want to see more of. In our household we have used labelled praises to encourage reading from the day our baby was born. The benefits of reading to babies are well known and they include: Increasing concentration, listening, memory and language skillsIntroducing new conceptsFostering an interest in booksImproving the parent-child bond… Continue reading Reading to babies (0-12 months)|| Leer a bebés (0-12 meses)

Reading to toddlers || Leer a los niños pequeños

Reading to our son and using labelled praise to encourage his interest in books from the day he was born has meant that as a toddler he loves books. One of his favourite activities is going to the library and picking out books he wants to borrow. Reading during the toddler years has many benefits:… Continue reading Reading to toddlers || Leer a los niños pequeños

The importance of play || La importancia del juego

Praise the behavior you want to see more of. One behavior that is often undervalued and under reinforced (i.e., praised) is play behavior. Play is a behavior that all children engage in and so it can be taken for granted. However, research has found that play is important for cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development… Continue reading The importance of play || La importancia del juego

Emotion regulation || Regulación emocional

Emotional regulation is the ability to regulate your emotions in order to achieve a goal (e.g., feeling afraid of public speaking, but doing it anyway because you have to in order to pass an exam). Emotions can be regulated intrinsically (by yourself) or extrinsically (by someone else). During infancy, babies rely primarily on extrinsic emotional… Continue reading Emotion regulation || Regulación emocional

What to praise: Day care/Preschool/school || Qué elogiar: en la guardería / preescolar / escuela

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in at day care/preschool/school along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praiseTalking with indoor voiceI like it when you use your indoor voicePlaying with other childrenYou’re so good at playing with othersFollowing instructionsNice job listening/good listeningUsing play equipment/toys appropriatelyI like the way you’re… Continue reading What to praise: Day care/Preschool/school || Qué elogiar: en la guardería / preescolar / escuela

Anxiety disorders || Desórdenes de ansiedad

What is anxiety? Anxiety is an emotion that everyone experiences and like other emotions it serves a purpose. The purpose of anxiety is to alert us to danger. When we encounter something that we perceive as dangers (e.g., a dog, an oncoming car, presenting in front of a large group of people) we experience the… Continue reading Anxiety disorders || Desórdenes de ansiedad