Shopping with toddlers… because sometimes you have to… || Ir de compras con niños pequeños… porque a veces no hay otra opción…

Doing grocery shopping (or any shopping) with a toddler/s can be challenging and it may be of no surprise that you may be saying things like “stop touching that”, “put that back”, or “no you can’t have that”. Shopping with a toddler/s doesn’t always have to be stressful and there are some strategies you can … Continue reading Shopping with toddlers… because sometimes you have to… || Ir de compras con niños pequeños… porque a veces no hay otra opción…

Simple strategies improve child behaviour || Estrategias simples mejoran el comportamiento de los niños

Children engage in behaviours, that adults might not like, for a variety of reasons, some of these are: Makes them feel good (e.g., eating, playing)Curiosity (e.g., they want to know what is in a hole, so they put their hands in it; they want to know what a leaf tastes like, so they lick it)The … Continue reading Simple strategies improve child behaviour || Estrategias simples mejoran el comportamiento de los niños

Praising while engaging in art and craft activities || Elogiar mientras participan en actividades artísticas y manualidades.

Engaging in art and craft activities with young children is great fun but, for some, it can also be stressful. Especially when adults have an idea of how they want the children to engage in the activity and the children don’t want to comply. When ever I find myself frustrated with an activity that my … Continue reading Praising while engaging in art and craft activities || Elogiar mientras participan en actividades artísticas y manualidades.

How to get kids to help with household chores || Cómo hacer que los niños ayuden en las tareas del hogar

Start early and praise, praise, praise Teaching children to help with household chores is something that a lot of parents put off until their child is “old enough”. What is considered “old enough” varies from culture to culture but often is when children are in late childhood or early adolescents. Though when children reach this … Continue reading How to get kids to help with household chores || Cómo hacer que los niños ayuden en las tareas del hogar

Praising children at day care/preschool/school ||Elogiar a los niños en la guardería / preescolar / escuela

Below is a list of behaviors children engage in at day care/preschool/school along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. We have also previous outlined some behaviours along with praises that can be used at day care/preschool/school in the following blog post: What to praise: Day care/Preschool/school. Turning in workI’m impressed that you’ve turned … Continue reading Praising children at day care/preschool/school ||Elogiar a los niños en la guardería / preescolar / escuela

Why we love labelled praise || Por qué amamos los elogios etiquetados

What is praise? Praise is an expression of approval for something or someone. There are two different types of praises: General praise and labelled praise (also often referred to as behaviour specific praise)[1]. General praise does not specify the desired behaviour that led to the praise [1]. Examples of general praise include “good job”, “excellent … Continue reading Why we love labelled praise || Por qué amamos los elogios etiquetados

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

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)