Parenting our children is one of the toughest jobs we ever take on. Yet, knowing how to parent effectively is usually learned from how we were raised by our parents. If you are finding that you are uncertain or stuck on managing a behavior problem with your chid, we may be able to help you. Understanding sound behavioral reinforcement methods is not knowledge that comes naturally. We can help you understand and practice behavioral reinforcement strategies that are healthy and effective. The key to effective parenting is to act when you first see a problem, whether your child is a toddler or a teen. If you are currently concerned about the behavior of your child, please contact us for a telephone consultation. Unsure if there is a problem? The following are warning signs that require attention and action:
-Your child is isolating himself from family or friends, spends too much time in his or her room
-Your child has become rude or disrespectful towards you or others, curses, or refuses to comply with your instructions
-There has been a sudden drop in grades or your child is skipping school
-Your child has more money or less money than he or she should, has acquired or lost possessions which cannot be explained
-Your child seems angry, sad, tearful or has experienced other changes in behavior or mood recently
-Your child does not come home on time or ignores curfews, sneaks out at night or is gone for periods of time without permission
-Your child's friends have changed recently and/or include friends whom you think have behavior problems, have been in trouble at school or use drugs
-Your child is neglecting homework or other schoolwork, or chores at home
-Your child's self-care, hygiene, etc. has become poor, he or she refuses to bathe or care for his or her clothes and appearance
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TIP FOR AVOIDING ARGUMENTS WITH YOUR CHILD- Offer a choice between ceasing the behavior and another less savory option, as in "No, you may not have a cookie this close to dinner., but you can have a carrot stick or glass of juice". If the arguing continues, then offer this choice, "You have a choice. You can either stop arguing or you can go to your room and lose your TV priviliges this evening". What would you rather do? If you are still having problems, then call us for a consultation!
See the book, "An Owner's Guide To Parenting Teenagers" for more options.
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