Using Reinforcement to Promote Child Behavior Change

From a behavioral psychological perspective, behavior is maintained by positive and negative reinforcement. This means that behavior is more likely to occur as the result of the consequences that follow it. Positive reinforcement occurs when the behavior results in access to something desirable, thereby increasing the chance that the behavior will happen again. For example, … Read more

Parenting Tip for Online School: Helping with Assignments

Online school has altered the nature and degree of parental involvement in their children’s schoolwork. As children have had to take on more independence, many parents have struggled to know how much to involve themselves in their children’s daily educational tasks and activities. This series of blog posts presents recommendations to help guide your involvement … Read more

Parenting Tips for Online School: General Monitoring

A certain degree of parent involvement is necessary for most children to engage in online school sufficiently. However, too much parent involvement can backfire and hinder children’s academic and behavioral development. So, how much is too much? And when is it not quite enough? The answer is: it depends on the child, their teachers, and … Read more

Grief in Development Stages

Grief is a normal reaction to the death of a loved one, which is experienced across cultures. Grief can manifest in many ways, based on the bereaved person’s developmental stage, family/cultural norms, relationship with the person who died, and many other factors.  Below is information intended for caregivers regarding 1) what grief might look like … Read more

Parenting in the Pandemic: Kids Return to School

As COVID-19 cases in the area decrease, a growing number of children are returning to in-person school. Many children are excited to return to school in person. However, for scores of children and adolescents, that excitement may also be accompanied by apprehension, nervousness, and/or anxiety. There are a number of reasons that children may be … Read more

Parenting in the Pandemic: One Year Later

March 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the end of life as we knew it. Over the past 12 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we and our kids have adapted to massive changes in our social, academic, and personal lives. Although many children and adolescents have settled into their “new normal,” … Read more

Parenting in a Pandemic: Bribing and Threatening

Given that families are spending more time together during the COVID-10 pandemic, conversations about the idea of “bribing” or “threatening” children and teens seem to have increased. Many adults struggle with the language needed to manage behavior in a way that feels positive and productive. Here are some tips and tricks to make things a … Read more

Pandemic Parenting Problems: 3 Categories of Behavior and How to Respond

Pandemic Parenting Problems: 3 Categories of Behavior and How to Respond by Erika J. Vivyan, PhD As the COVID-19 crisis continues into summer, kids and teens are finishing up their online classes and moving toward a more relaxed summer schedule, albeit without some of their favorite activities.  Without summer camps, singalong campfires, and sports practice, … Read more