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Apr 30, 2015

Topic - Bad Behavior Extinction.  Extinction isn’t just for animals.  It’s for those behaviors you want to get rid of.  

All behavior is purposeful and many times, it’s designed to get a reward which might be attention or a treat.  If you consistently fail to reward the behavior, it stops.  

When Kevin begs for a...


Apr 29, 2015

Topic - Independent Educational Evaluation.  You asked Ryan’s school to test him for learning disabilities.  

When you got the report, they didn’t answer all of your questions about his academic performance and his social difficulties.  Now what?  

You can request an independent educational evaluation.  You don’t...


Apr 28, 2015

Topic - Waking Teenagers From Sleep.  Sleep patterns change during the teenage years for hormonal reasons, added school work and increased social demands.  

They rarely get the 9 hours of sleep they need and then, you’ve gotta to get them out of bed!  

In the morning, teenagers need to be exposed to bright sunlight in...


Apr 27, 2015

Topic - Emergency Plan.  Emergencies by their very nature are unexpected and dangerous.  

Prepare an emergency plan for your family.  Develop a plan, review it every month.

We get good at what we practice, so practice even if they think it’s stupid.  Cops, soldiers and firefighters rely heavily on their training and...


Apr 24, 2015

Topic - Praising Children.  When you praise children for “who” they are instead of their effort and attitude, it’s not helpful and even causes shame and humiliation.  

But why is that?  

Because you can’t fool most kids. They know when they’re great, when their product and effort are great.  And, they know...