Mary Sheedy Kurcinka Ed.D and Lynn Jessen MA
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- When your child yells at you: Expecting and Coaching respectful behavior
- 5 Tips to Stop the 'Strike out Tantrums:' Hitting, Biting, Kicking and Name-calling
- Ten Steps to a Peaceful Bedtime for Your Spirited Child
- Learn To Be An Emotion Coach
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Category: Power Struggles
Words to Use When You Want Your Child to Transition from One Activity, Thing or Place to Another
The day is full of transitions. A transition is defined as a shift or change from one place, thing, condition, or activity to another. Whether it is getting dressed in the morning, turning off electronics, stopping play to come to eat, getting in or out of the car, or leaving a friend’s house your words can help your child shift smoothly – at least most of the time. WORDS TO USE TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITIONMore info
4 Strategies to Help You Reduce Stress and Frustration
The demands of being a parent can feel relentless. Frequent meltdowns wear you down, and leave you feeling powerless to stop them, but you are not. Today, Lynn and I offer you four effective strategies to lower stress by preventing some of the meltdowns from occurring in the first place.More info
Daylight Savings Time 2018 Spring
Daylight Savings time is the perfect springboard into power struggles over bedtime and wake up routines because our body clock does not switch as quickly as the clock on our phone.More info
When your child yells at you: Expecting and Coaching respectful behavior
Perhaps it was the foot stomp punctuating the shrill rebuttal to your simple question that caught your attention today. Lately, it seems “normal” has been your child shrieking at you every time you ask her to do anything. How did this happen?More info
Taking the Fight out of Getting Out
A peaceful start to the day is priceless. If tears are shed trying to get dressed, shoes on, and into the car the entire rest of the day can feel lousy. You can take steps now to insure that as school begins, morning wars don’t.More info
Children, Chores and Conflict: Do They Really have to Go Together?
“Pick up your shoes.” “Clean your room.” “Put away your toys.” “Set the table.” Whenever, these directives cross your mind, odds are an internal battle begins.More info
When Your Child is Refusing to Do What She is Capable of Doing: Skill vs. Will
Being cooperative and successful is a combination of having the skill and having the will. Since Andrew has dressed himself in the past and usually does so with little to no prompting when he “can’t dress himself” it’s pretty obvious he’s lacking the will. The question of course is why?More info
Jumping on the Couch
We have been using the "time out" discipline method for our spirited 27-month-old. An example is that he loves to jump on our couch, which is obviously dangerous.More info
What's the 'Wild' Behavior All About?
My spirited son becomes very hyperactive on the lead up to school and in the first weeks back too.More info
Misbehavior or Developmental Task?
Yesterday, I told my toddler not to touch the entertainment center. She looked right at me, laughed and then did it again. Lately this has been happening every day. She knows better. Isn't this blatant misbehavior? How should I respond? -BeccaMore info
Car Seat Wars
My three-year-old son Nate never simply gets into his car seat. First he has to climb into the front seat and “drive.” Then a toy on the floor will catch his attention and he will insist on checking it out.More info