September 12 is Our National Day of Encouragement

How Can We Observe National Encouragement Day? A Day of Encouragement was first proclaimed in 2007 by the governor of Arkansas. This first observance was initiated by the Encouragement Foundation at Harding University. At a later date, President George W. Bush officially signed a document declaring September 12 to be our National Day of Encouragement. […]

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Pokemon Go! Can Stay

  -A commentary on the game and the various reactions about Pokemon Go. I welcome Barbara Sakai as a guest parenting blogger. I keep seeing nasty posts about the stupidity of Pokemon Go! and the people who play. It makes me so sad when people post things like this. Look, you don’t have to like that […]

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Staying Calm During a Meltdown

Welcome Casey O’Roarty, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer as my guest blogger for this article. Staying Calm During a Meltdown Did I catch you with that title? Did you see it and think, “yeah right, as if that is possible!!” You aren’t alone if you are feeling as though it is next to impossible to stay […]

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Routine Charts Versus Reward Charts for Children

The Benefits of Teaching Life Skills Over Modifying Behavior Routine charts and rewards charts may look similar but a big difference is the way that each is used. The Positive Discipline philosophy recommends using routine charts instead of reward charts. What is a Reward Chart? A reward chart is a visual behavioral system that tracks […]

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Bedtime Picture Routine Charts for Children:

A Visual Schedule Helps Kids Get Ready for Bed at Night. Put children in charge of getting ready for bed with a nighttime routine chart. Use pictures to create a visual schedule of a child’s bedtime routine. Decide the Schedule for a Child’s Bedtime Routine Create a bedtime schedule with your child. Ask your child […]

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Coloring Books: Great for Adults – Not Great for Preschoolers

  Adult coloring books – they’re everywhere! Grocery store checkout lines, bookstore shelves, craft store displays and online booksellers are all stocked with a plentiful variety of adult coloring books. A search for “coloring books” on Pinterest yields tons of results about the benefits of coloring, shading techniques, and free coloring book  printables. Even actress […]

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10 Positive Discipline Trainers Recommend Favorite Parenting Books.

I surveyed 9 other Positive Discipline Trainers/Parent Educators around the United States for their recommendations on parenting books. I asked each one to first name a favorite Positive Discipline title and next a favorite parenting book outside of the Positive Discipline family of books. Here’s the list of their answers plus a Positive Discipline bonus […]

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