Reward Charts: What Are They Good For? (Almost) Absolutely Nothing

The idea is that children will receive a reward which will reinforce the behaviour you desire. And not surprisingly it works. When there is a reward, children will work towards that goal, sometimes even harder than they might if there were no reward. So what’s the problem? Isn’t this great?

When I’m Not So Fun to Be Around

After having a crappy day myself and shutting myself in the bedroom because I was ready to scream at everyone and throw whatever I could find out the window, I had to write this. So… how many of these can you relate to?

Bullying, Parenting, and Communication

Our Muddy Boots wrote a wonderful piece on parental bullying, but it opened some questions for some people that I wanted to address here. So here is my extension of OMB's piece.

Yelling (Part II)

Part 2 of the Yelling posts, this time covering the loss of control over emotions and outcomes that can lead to yelling behaviour.

Yelling (Part I)

Those of us that have had to admit to yelling at our kids will typically come up with one of many reasons why we did it. We may not like that we did it, but we did and we have a reason.

Guest Post: How to Intervene on Behalf of a Child

The information presented here is a summarized resource for parents who find themselves needing to intervene on behalf of a child in a public space.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Oh, really? I call bullshit.

Guest Post: Words That I Remember

My early life wasn’t just filled with the ups and downs of living with someone who belittled me and showered me with praise intermittently, it was defined by it.

Let’s Talk Spanking, Page 2

One would think that with the evidence cited by many countries and health professions against the practice, the issue would be moot, but it is not.

Let’s Talk Spanking

One would think that with the evidence cited by many countries and health professions against the practice, the issue would be moot. But (yes, there’s a ‘but’), much of the older research cited has flaws and thus leaves the door open for those who support the practice to stake their claim.