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

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

Ways to praise: Toddlers || Formas de elogiar: niños pequeños

Toddlerhood is a time of rapid growth and skill acquisition. During the toddler years children learn to walk, talk, and engage with other people. When praising your toddler, it is important to think about the overall behavior you want to encourage. For example, if your child is putting clothes in the laundry basket a praise… Continue reading Ways to praise: Toddlers || Formas de elogiar: niños pequeños

What to praise: Home || Que elogiar: en el hogar

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in at home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praisePlaying nicelyAwesome job playing nicely with your toysDrawing/colouringNice drawing/ awesome colouringGetting dressedGreat job getting dressed on your ownGetting dressed - with helpI like how you let mummy/daddy help you put your shirt onFollowing… Continue reading What to praise: Home || Que elogiar: en el hogar

What to praise: Outside || Que elogiar: fuera del hogar

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in outside of the home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praiseHolding parents’ handAwesome job holding my handWalking next to parentGreat work walking next to meWearing sunscreenThank you for letting me put sunscreen on youKeeping hat onI love it when you wear… Continue reading What to praise: Outside || Que elogiar: fuera del hogar

Why is the way we speak to ourselves and others important? || ¿Qué es el lenguaje y cuál es su finalidad?

What is language and what is its purpose? Language is a structured combination of sounds that represent an object or idea. The primary purpose of language is to communicate with others. How we speak influences our thoughts Different cultures speak different languages and scientific research has found that the language one speaks can impact how… Continue reading Why is the way we speak to ourselves and others important? || ¿Qué es el lenguaje y cuál es su finalidad?