positive reinforcement

Mama Drama: Public Meltdown Madness

Dear Mama Drama: I have nearly decided I cannot take my kids out in public anymore. Every time I do, they have terrible meltdowns and we all end up miserable. (photo credit) They are two and four and will either fight, throw tantrums, or run around like crazy when we go to a store or restaurant. I am so embarrassed by their behavior and feel people will think I’m a bad parent. I don’t want to embarrass them by disciplining them in public, so things tend to get really out of control. By the time we get home I am ready to explode. ~Exploding Mama Dear Exploding Mama: Taking small children out to run errands or for a meal can be a challenge and I am sure you are not the only mom to feel her only recourse is to be home bound with her kids. It is critical to teach your children to behave in pub...

Mama Drama: Sibling Sarcasm

Dear Mama Drama: My sons have recently been very rude and sarcastic with each other. They are frequently putting each other down or making what I consider unnecessary negative comments about something the other one is sharing. They even do this thing where they say, “I don’t mean to offend you, but…” and they finish with something really offensive! Do you have any ideas to help them speak more respectfully to each other? ~  Offended Mama (Photo credit) Dear Offended: Bickering, sarcasm, and put downs are easy habits to get into between siblings, but with support, modeling, and reinforcement they can be replaced with more positive speech. The first step is to take a look at how you as parents are talking to your children. I’m not blaming you for their behavior, but since we are the only one...