How to End Bad Behavior by Encouraging Good

How to End Bad Behavior by Encouraging Good Nearly everyone has heard it by now: focusing on what you don’t like only increases the power of the negative. And yet most of us—perhaps especially parents—continue to take the good for granted and make an issue out of whatever we dislike. Maybe it’s human nature to feel we’re entitled to perpetual freedom from frustration and the rest of the … [Read more...] about How to End Bad Behavior by Encouraging Good

Simple Ways to Make Homework Fun

Simple Ways to Make Homework Fun Traditionally, kids have regarded "homework" and "fun" as the most contradictory of terms. Homework is a thief of free time, an exercise in tedium, an excuse for parents and teachers to pile on impossible expectations and claim "someday you’ll thank us." Children don’t care about "someday". They want to enjoy themselves now. Well, it may come as an … [Read more...] about Simple Ways to Make Homework Fun

The Nurtured Heart Approach

The Nurtured Heart Approach Howard Glasser, coauthor of Transforming the Difficult Child, originated the trademarked term Nurtured Heart Approach. The key principles are: Intensity of passion is not a liability to be overcome but a positive force to be encouraged. The essence of successful child-rearing is positive reinforcement, as opposed to focusing on negative behavior. Limits must be … [Read more...] about The Nurtured Heart Approach

Tips for Bringing Out the Best in a High-Energy Child

Tips for Bringing Out the Best in a High-Energy Child What do you do with a kid who just won’t sit still? Give him a good scolding (which he probably won’t sit still for either)? Pump him full of ADHD drugs? Or adjust your expectations to fit his inclinations? Understand, I’m not advocating the laissez-faire approach that shrugs and says, “I wouldn’t want to restrict his creativity,” while … [Read more...] about Tips for Bringing Out the Best in a High-Energy Child