Communication

Utilize and Support Area’s Programs Fighting Abuse

What if we knew how to create healthy families, improve health, build thriving communities and reduce problems like child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, obesity, and even cancer? Wouldn’t we do those things? What if you heard that we already know what we need to do in order to create thriving families and communities? That what it takes is …

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Problem Solving to Reduce Fighting and Aggression

Problem Solving to Reduce Fighting and Aggression It’s not uncommon for children to argue over a toy or become frustrated when they are told “no.” Fighting and aggression—whether it’s in the form of name calling, pushing, hitting, or refusing to share—are common responses when children lack problem-solving skills. It’s important to teach young children the value …

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Common Problems With Time-Outs and Newer Research About What May Work Better

Common Problems With Time-Outs and Newer Research About What May Work Better During an epic meltdown, it can be hard to reason with your toddler or preschooler. But how do you reach them when they are not in control of themselves? For many families, time-outs have become a frequently used parenting tool for exhausted parents. …

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Traveling While Potty Training

Traveling While Potty Training It’s a huge triumph when your toddler starts successfully using the potty at home. But how do you keep up your child’s progress when you are traveling? It takes lots of practice and opportunities to make the connection between using the potty at home to different environments and situations. With Spring …

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Grandparenting In A Busy, Modern World

  For most of us who are grandparents, time with our grandchildren is a gift. We build a satisfying relationship based on the time we spend together and communicate in between visits. And that may be all we want or need. However, every once in a while it can be helpful to step back and …

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Incentive Program: Using Reward and Behavior Charts

Incentive Program: Using Reward and Behavior Charts When it comes to teaching children new skills and behaviors, there are a variety of methods to choose from. One approach is using a behavior or reward chart. Occasionally, a child could benefit from a little extra encouragement to change a behavior (such as hitting), practice a new …

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Sharing Between Siblings

Sharing Between Siblings Witnessing your children argue over a toy—which hasn’t been played with by either child in months—it becomes clear why seasoned parents of siblings like to joke that when it comes to having multiple children you have to buy two of everything. Sharing is challenging for all children—and siblings are no exception. This …

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Helping Hands: Teach Your Preschooler to Help Clean Up

Helping Hands: Teach Your Preschooler to Help Clean Up This scene is all too familiar: You’ve spent the morning cleaning while you’re child is at preschool. But the minute they come home, all your hard work is dismantled within a matter of minutes. This blog post will challenge you to look at an alternative perspective. …

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Step 4 of Positive Parenting: Have Realistic Expectations

Step 4 of Positive Parenting: Have Realistic Expectations One of the primary goals of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is show that parenting education is for every family. Whether you’re currently experiencing high levels of stress or have found a good balance in your life, we can all benefit from learning the basic principles of positive parenting. Over …

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Step 3 of Positive Parenting: Use Assertive Discipline

Step 3 of Positive Parenting: Use Assertive Discipline From telling little fibs to pulling their sibling’s hair, addressing challenging behavior is something parents do every day. A common thread in the Positive Parenting Program is how to manage the behavior you don’t want to see  in the moment and ways to prevent it in the …

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