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

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

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

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

Token charts || Tablas de fichas

Token charts are a great tool for increasing desired behavior. The overall aim of tokens charts is increase a desired behavior to the point that it becomes a habit. Once the behavior has become a habit you can fade away the token chart. When implementing token charts it is important to focus on one behavior … Continue reading Token charts || Tablas de fichas

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?