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An Alternative to Spanking: How to Redirect

January 19, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

Before you do redirect behavior, it’s important to think about whether or not your child is ready, but also if you are ready. As much as you might want to yell, check yourself first. Take some deep breathes. Step out and take a break for a minute, and then try to redirect. An added benefit of remaining […]


An Alternative to Spanking: Connect before Redirecting

January 17, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

As parents, we may want to immediately respond to misbehavior with punishment because that is what we know. As mentioned in the previous post, there are some questions to consider before stepping in. You might decide your child is misbehaving, because they are hungry or tired. No matter the circumstance, it’s important to connect with […]


An Alternative to Spanking: Questions to Consider First

January 11, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

In my previous post, I discussed how spanking has been found to be ineffective in changing behaviors, so I wanted to offer an alternative to spanking. The book entitled No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Seigel, M.D., and Tine Payne Bryson, Ph.D offers an excellent description of an alternative to spanking. So, I will be […]


Why Spanking is Ineffective

January 7, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

As a psychologist, I’ve never been a fan of the thought of using spanking to modify behaviors. To be honest, even though I’m not a fan of the thought of spanking, I tried it a few times with my daughter. In particular, I used it to try to help my daughter stop hitting. It didn’t […]


How to Enhance Self-Esteem in our Children

January 3, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on the link, we may earn a small commission at no cost to you. In a world of participation trophies and empty praise, how do we really help improve self-esteem in our children and adolescents? Some of our current efforts to enhance self-esteem may actually be hurting our […]

Language Development

Five Tips on Enhancing Language in Young Children

January 1, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.  As a parent, I have worried a bit if I’m doing enough to enhance language in my daughter. The first 3 years of life are important for developing a  foundation for a […]