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Why School Suspensions and Zero-Tolerance Policies Are Bad Ideas

31 Oct

By Laurie Berdahl, M.D. & Brian D. Johnson, Ph.D. Teachers and administrators must deal with a myriad of behavior problems and threatening situations at their schools. Zero-tolerance policies focus on automatic punishment via suspension or expulsion for breaking rules, whether intentionally or unintentionally, no matter the reason or situation. These policies have resulted in huge Continue Reading

Manners Matter

20 Oct

Everyday manners challenge many people today, young and old.   People want to do the right thing when it comes to etiquette and formal situations, but sometimes to have difficulty mastering these tasks. Manners do not have to be difficult and challenging. With a little help, anyone can learn good etiquette. Coaching should start at an Continue Reading

Getting Kids to Talk

16 Oct

By Tim Hawkes Talking to teenage children can be a challenge. Getting the heavenly constellations right – busy parent, distracted child and topic of interest is not easy. Small wonder some researchers are suggesting that meaningful conversation between parent and teen is being measured in only a few seconds a day. There are things that Continue Reading

Become a Master Communicator with Your Child by Following Four Simple Rules

9 Sep

By Jude Bijou Were your parents good communicators? Do your words or tone feel threatening to your family members? Are you often unable to get your message across?  Do you struggle to say what you mean? You aren’t alone if you find good communication difficult. We just weren’t taught about how regardless of whether we’re Continue Reading

Why Do Some Kids Learn Kindness and Others Learn Aggression and Violence?

6 Jul

By Laurie Berdahl, M.D. Sixteen-year-old Amy Anita Joyner-Francis was killed in her high school bathroom in a preplanned attack by three teenage girls. One 16-year-old has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. Ironically, Amy was described by many as a compassionate student who worked to reduce violence and fighting. Many youth today suffer from being Continue Reading

On the Emotions of the “Out-of-Sync” Tween and Teen

27 May

By Carol Stock Kranowitz At recess, Emma, 9, refuses to participate in jump-rope or four-square games. Emma is over-responsive to movement sensations, which terrify her. She tells her friends, “I’m no good at that.” At the front door, Aiden, 10, waits for his mother to tie his shoelaces. He has dyspraxia, and sequencing the actions Continue Reading

Dynamic Duo

23 Dec

Child’s play is more than simply a way for kids to burn off energy – it’s their way of exploring the world, imagining, problem solving, and so much more. It’s for this reason Boston Children’s Hospital is teaming up with Hasbro to launch a multi-phase research initiative investigating how different types of play affect a Continue Reading

5 Summer Sleep Tips

7 Aug

By Amy Lage   We are now in the thick of the lazy dog days of summer, yet for most of us our summer days are anything but lazy. With the one month left of beautiful weather and the long stretches of daylight before we get to the hustle and bustle of fall, who doesn’t Continue Reading

No More Whining!

24 Jul

  By Denise Morrison Yearian Many parents have been worn down by their child’s incessant grumbling and complaining. When whining wars ensue, experts suggest moms and dads explore the reasons behind the behavior, teach appropriate communication skills and set limits for acceptable conduct. “Children whine for a variety of reasons,” says parent educator Evelyn Keating, Continue Reading

Avoid the Pressure Trap: 5 Tips to Raising Confident, Independent and Thoughtful Children

22 Jun

By Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg As we casually scrolled through social media posts one Sunday evening, we saw pictures of Michael holding an All Star Championship trophy, Lindsay holding flowers after opening night as the lead in her school play, Joe holding an academic scholarship award, and Monica volunteering at a homeless shelter. Then, Continue Reading