Monday, May 11, 2015

Using Time Out to Change Behaviour

Time out is a strategy that has received a lot of attention in the media in recent years, with some speaking of this strategy in a highly positive way and others being very negative. Wherever you stand on this topic, you probably have a point. Time out is a strategy that can be used well and can also be used terribly.

time out

On the last blog we talked about logical consequences. Often logical consequences and time out can be used in similar situations. Which strategy you use at particular times will depend on the specific situation and your child’s reaction to

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Using Logical Consequences to Change Behaviour

The third parenting strategy I believe is important to learn, in order to change your child’s behaviour, is logical consequences. Often parents are already using this strategy in some form without being aware of a name for what they are doing. Having a better understanding of this strategy can assist you in planning ahead of time and implementing the strategy in an effective way.


When to use it:


When you are able to present your child a choice about what actions they can take and there is a related consequence (I.e. “You can choose to put your bike away

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Using Planned Ignoring to Change Behaviour

On the last blog we looked at my personal favourite parenting strategy, praise, but today we’re going to look at a very different strategy – planned ignoring. This strategy is just like it sounds – you make a plan to ignore your child’s negative behaviour, in order to remove the attention your child gains from engaging in the behaviour. This strategy won’t work with all behaviours but it works wonderfully for any behaviour that your child may be using to get attention from you.


When to use it:


Violent behaviour, unsafe behaviour, behaviours you know you won’t be able

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