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Challenging Behavior

Learn how to successfully respond to your child as they grow socially and emotionally and explore new ways of expressing themselves.

Behavior Challenges Tantrums Listening + Speaking Discipline Self-Regulation Impulse Control
Behavior Challenges
How to Handle Challenging Behavior

“The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.” -Peggy O’Mara

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Handle an Emotional Meltdown 101

In the heat of an emotional meltdown, it’s hard to remember what to do. So we use *SKOR* for quick recall....

Ages
2-3,
3-4
When Your Preschooler Hits: Part 1 – What’s Going On?

By learning why young children hit – learning what is developmentally going on in their brains when they hit –...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
When Your Preschooler Hits: Part 2 – What to Do and Say

Knowing why a child hits is the first step in handling a challenging ‘hitting’ situation. Next, how should you respond...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 1 – Why Transitions Are So Hard

#1 daily challenge with children: How to get from A to Z without fighting, yelling or throwing a tantrum? Learn why...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 2 – How to Get Through Peacefully

Knowing why transitions are difficult is half the puzzle. The other half is how to get through them. Teachers go...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Whining – Make It Stop!

One of the most frequent complaints we get from parents is around whining. We get it – even as teachers....

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Tattling vs. Telling

Tattling is very common but it can be shaped by our responses to their tattling. Teach your child this simple rhyme to work...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
Fibbing vs. Lying – Why Kids Lie

Around the ages of four and five, children begin to tell “tall tales”. They may also begin to tell fibs...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Tantrums
Tantrums – Part 1: What’s Going On?

Children experience emotions just like adults, but they need support and guidance to: 1) Understand their emotions; and 2) Make...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 2: What You Could Do

Tantrums are hard to manage – for everyone. Here’s our checklist for what to do….in the first 5 mins.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 3: What You Could Say

The reality is we have no control over when our child calms down. Parenting and teaching is not quick and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 4: Before and After

It takes work and repetition, but indeed, there are things that can be done to pre-empt a tantrum and ways...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Listening + Speaking
How to Encourage Listening – A (Mental) Checklist

One of the most frequent questions we get from parents is, “How do I get my child to listen?” It’s...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Encourage Listening – FAQs

Encouraging your child to listen can sometimes be very hard (even when you have our trusty checklist of things to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 1: Why It Happens

At around age 4, you may see all sorts of dramatic language changes – talking back, harsh tones of voice,...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 2: Stop, Think, Re-Do!

It’s normal to hear your child experimenting with dramatic language at around age 4 (e.g., talking back, harsh tones of...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Discipline
Discipline: Part 1 – Why Discipline (Not Punishment)

Understand the difference between discipline and punishment to change a child’s behavior in the future. Let’s focus on creating effective...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Discipline: Part 2 – Discipline in Practice

Discover how discipline and punishment differ in practice.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Discipline: Part 3 – Logical Consequences

Punishment is imposed, discipline is instilled. Consequences must make sense – they must be logical.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Reinforce (vs. Reward) Positive Behavior

Imagine a magical world where children are internally motivated to be kind and generous. It’s doable!

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Self-Regulation
Self-Regulation – Part 1: Optimize Your Child’s Learning

Including children in their own learning process about how to self-regulate is empowering and long-lasting. Here’s how it’s helpful to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 2: Body Engine Checker System

Here’s a practical tool and script to support your child’s self-regulation and emotional awareness – it provides a shared language to signal...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 3: Recover from a Meltdown

Make a Cozy Corner or Helper Green Basket to help your child recover from an emotional meltdown – proven techniques...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
A Simple Exercise to Help Re-Center Your Child

So easy. So visual. It works.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Impulse Control
On Impulse Control: Part 1 – What Is It?

It may feel like a number of impulsive behaviors are seemingly normal for children. But what is ‘normal’? In this...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
On Impulse Control: Part 2 – What You Could Do

Brain differences make it hard for a child to control their behavior. Understanding your child’s impulsive behaviors can help you...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
*STOP!* An Easy Technique for Impulse Control

Empower your child to manage their emotions and regain control in heated situations with *STOP!*

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Sensory Processing Development 101

“Sensory processing development” is vital to understanding how children learn. It’s deeply studied among early childhood experts, but not widely...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor

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