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Parenting tips that work | Parent Hacks Parenting Advice, Life Coaches and Parenting Books Love and Logic - Helping Parents and Teachers Raise Responsible Kids No Child Left Inside “Every child,” wrote pioneer botanist Luther Burbank, “should have mud pies, grasshoppers, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pinecones, rocks to roll, snakes, huckleberries and hornets. And any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.” In our education-obsessed culture, elite kids play piano and speak three languages by the age of four, but just about every North American kid is deprived. In one of the greatest retreats ever, children are vanishing from a critical piece of territory: their own backyards. And there isn’t a kid on the planet who knows what a huckleberry is, other than a character in a Mark Twain book. For the average kid only spends 30 minutes a day outside, an amount that shrinks yearly. Adults are colluding in this retreat. Ever. Asthma rates are climbing.

10 Techniques to Shape Children's Behavior | Dr. Sears Official Website | Parenting Advice, Parenting Books & more Shaping children’s behavior means providing the child with cues and reinforcements that direct them toward desirable behavior. As you shape children’s behavior, the child’s personality tags along and also changes and improves. Best Ways to Shape Children’s Behavior praiseselective ignoringtime-outconsequencesmotivatorsremindersnegotiationwithdrawing privilegeshumor 1. Praise is a valuable way to shape children’s behavior; children want to please you and keep your approval. Try to shape children’s behavior through praise works well if you have a specific behavior goal that you want to reach, for example, stopping whining. Change Praises To keep your child’s attention, change the delivery of your accolades. As an exercise in praise-giving, write down how many times you praised and how many times you criticized your child in the last 24 hours. Praise Genuinely Acknowledgment is dispassionate praise that shapes a child to please himself rather than perform for approval. Problems With Praise 2.