Words of wisdom and advice from behavior expert, author, and professional speaker, Bill Corbett
What to do if Your Ex is Parenting Differently Than You
My wife and I noticed immediately how differently her teenage daughter behaves and treats us when she returns from a visit with her father. Oftentimes she is rude, abrasive, and immediately begins to complain about how our rules are stupid and how we are controlling her life. And why shouldn't she when her father has no rules. He shows up a couple of times a year to buy her favorite treats and give her gifts or money. Such is the case for so many parents whose children go to another parent's home for visitation. Some parents get similar behaviors from their children when they just go to a grandparent's home when discipline is handled differently. This is one of the frustrating challenges of the modern society... everyone doesn't parent the same. The times have changed and the ownership falls on the engaged parent to react in certain ways to the annoying behaviors we get when our child returns from a visit. Download my READY-TO-PRINT article HERE as a handout to share with others. It offers 5 things you can begin doing immediately.
14 DAYS OF TIPS FOR DEMONSTRATING LOVE TO YOUR CHILD DAY 12: MAILBOXES – In a family meeting have everyone make and decorate a mailbox using any household craft items. On slips of paper, have everyone write short love notes to everyone at the table as a practice run and then insert them in the appropriate mailboxes. Have everyone hang their mailboxes on their bedroom door knobs for accepting mail whenever someone desires to write a note.
How to Break Your Kids' Addiction to Screen Time What if a parent realizes the importance of limiting screen time for kids, and admits she didn't take measures to set up boundaries at home? Is it too late? I say, not at all, but there are two things the parent must take into consideration: implementing the limitations gradually and being prepared to deal with challenging behavior that may result from the change in boundaries. Why Screen Time is Bad for Kids Experts agree that too much screen time is bad for kids for two reasons: it affects the frontal lobe of the brain and it can become a digital addiction. The frontal lobe is in constant construction until around the age of 25 is responsible for many important cognitive skills, such as judgment and managing emotions, both things we need our youth to develop effectively and on time, and at the very least to keep themselves and others safe. According to the publication Psychology Today, excessive screen time damages br
Preschoolers and young school-aged children easily can be frightened by images of disasters. They live in a world somewhere between reality and fantasy, and often have difficulty distinguishing between the two. They also have not yet developed their full understanding of mortality, or whether something on television is far away or close by. Here are some guidelines for handling children’s exposure to devastating events in the news. Limit Their Exposure . This is a good time to fall back on effectively managing their access to the television by limiting the amount of time they watch it. If you have to watch it yourself, get your children involved in another activity at that time. There are numerous university studies that confirm the high amount of violence on television and the effects on children. Some of these effects include desensitization to the pain and suffering of others, more fearfulness in general, and increased aggressiveness toward others. Explain It to Th