Positive Behavior and Routines

March 30, 2022

How do you get your kids to do the good things you want them to do? Getting up and out in the morning, getting dressed, eating meals, doing homework, and going to bed are all positive behaviors that require daily routines in order for them to be successful. Have you ever noticed that nagging and yelling don't seem to work very well for these issues?

In this video, Dr. Phelan answers:

  • What is a start behavior?
  • If your child isn't listening, is that a stop or start behavior?
  • Why doesn’t counting work very well for start behaviors?
  • Can you share one of the seven very effective methods for establishing positive routines?
  • Are time-outs a good response to a stop behavior? What does research say?

In this video, Dr. Phelan also talks about the time-out controversy. Over the last twenty years or so the use of a child discipline technique called "time-out" has come into question. On the one hand, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of calm time-out procedures for dealing with children's misbehavior ranging from tantrums to whining to sibling rivalry.

On the other hand, some childhood experts see time-outs as a kind of harmful punishment which can make matters worse at home and also increase injury to vulnerable groups, such as kids who have experienced trauma.

I hope this video helped! For more parenting advice, check out 1-2-3 Magic .

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