Kids’ Behavior

Resources for parents and other caregivers

Topics relating to your children’s behavior, including discipline, motivation, win-win authority relationships and power dynamics, building responsibility, recognition and reinforcement, rules and boundaries, follow-through, and intervening negative behavior.

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Articles, handouts, and blogs

9 Ways to be More Proactive
An Alternative to Advice-Giving: Building Problem-Solving Skills
The Challenge of Setting Boundaries
Characteristics of a Good Boundary
Curfew Blues: Time to Agree About Time
Dangers of Obedience and People Pleasing
Getting through the “Gimme” Season (Tips for Joyful Giving and Staying Sane)
Guidelines for Handling Your Children’s Negative Behavior
Guidelines for Offering Choices to Your Children
Guidelines for Reinforcing Cooperation
Good Parenting or Effective Parenting?
How to Avoid Meltdowns in Public
I-Messages: The Handout
Magic Sentences for Effective Communication
Motivating Cooperative Behavior
Motivation vs. Manipulation
Obedient vs. Cooperative Behavior: There is a Difference
Questions, Not Answers
Reasons for Parents to Use Boundaries
Reasons to Not Ask “Why”
Spare the Rod: The case against corporal punishment
Things to Remember when Setting Boundaries
Thinking of “Consequences” as the Good Stuff
Ways to be an Effective Mentor
Ways to build Irresponsibility in Children
Ways to Model Respect with Your Children
What’s Wrong with I-Messages?


Book: The Book of Article Reprints
Book: Listas Para Padres: Qué Hacer Y Qué No
Book: The Parent’s Little Book of Lists: Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Parenting
Book: Parents, Teens and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line

Audio: Parent Tapes (CDs or mp3 download)

Video: Win-Win Parenting

Articles: Individual article reprints for educators, counselors, parents, and general interest.

Stationery Item: Elementary Booster Shots reproducible black-line masters for elementary kids
Stationery Item: Secondary Booster Shots reproducible black-line masters for secondary kids
Stationery Item: “Pads” on the Back

Free download: “Pads” on the Back Templates in multiple languages


The Choice is Yours with Lynn Collins
“Constructive Differencing” with Jared Scherz
Is Control the Goal? with Tammy Cox
No Kidding About Bullying with Naomi Drew


Bearing Witness: Support for Kids in Crisis
Character Counts: Building Relationships that Build Character
Grownups, Kids, and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line
“No Really, I’m Fine!” Connecting with Kids in Emotional Distress
Parents, Teens and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line
Positively Positive at Home: Keeping the Focus You Want
Pushing Prevention: Preventing Substance Abuse and Other Addictive and Destructive Behaviors
Secrets of Successful Mentorship: Practical Ideas for Great Leaders
“You Can’t Make Me!” Using Boundaries to Build Responsibility, Cooperation, and Mutual Respect
21st Century Discipline: Responding to the Needs of Today’s Students

Please Note: Some resource include material originally developed for educators with content that is equally applicable for parents and caregivers.

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