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

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

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?

Ways to praise: Babies and infants || Formas de elogiar: bebés e infantes

Praise the behaviors you want to see more of. For babies and infants, you might think “what do I praise? They don’t do anything”. In fact, they do quite a lot but the behaviors they’re engaging in/ skills they’re learning (e.g., holding their head up, looking towards a sound, walking) seem second nature to us… Continue reading Ways to praise: Babies and infants || Formas de elogiar: bebés e infantes

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