7 Tips for Managing Behavior

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013

7 Tips for Managing Behavior

One of the greatest challenges Playtime Project volunteers face is managing children’s challenging behavior. This article from the American Psychological Association has some great parenting tips that are appropriate for anyone who cares for children. Check out the full article for the details, but here’s the quick and dirty on effectively dealing with difficult behavior: 1) Embrace Praise: […]

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Tip of the Week: Be Genuine & Specific!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

Tip of the Week: Be Genuine & Specific!

How many times do we throw around the phrase, “Good job?” It’s nice to say, but we (Mighty Playtime Volunteers) can do even better!  This week, when a child is working on an art project, throwing a ball, or sharing well with another child, let’s let them know.  Remember, specific compliments that acknowledge a child’s effort help them to build confidence in their specific skills and reinforce their belief in their specific talents! Read more about why specific praise is...

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Tip of the Week: Get on their train before you try to get them on yours

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012

Tip of the Week: Get on their train before you try to get them on yours

When a child is doing something other than what he or she should be — like playing with a truck instead of cleaning up — rather than get into a struggle with him or her, take a minute or two and join with the child in whatever (s)he is doing. In other words, take a moment to talk about the truck with him/her before coaxing him/her away from it and onto the task at hand.  Entering a child’s world on the child’s terms is a great way to develop influence with that child — which is a more powerful and lasting way of motivating children than using threats or...

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Positive Language Worksheet

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012

Positive Language Worksheet

If you’d like a little more review of last week’s Tip of the Week on the power of positive language, please take a look at this Positive Language Worksheet, which we recently added to our training...

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Tip of the Week!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012

Try the power of positive language: “No” and “don’t” are are lazy and ineffective ways of communicating, but are ways we are all guilty of falling back on. When talking with adults, it’s a direct way to communicate. (“Oh, Larry. Please don’t throw your pens across the office” What else would you say?). However, the way the child’s brain works, when we say “no running,” or “don’t throw things,” the brain hears “running” and “throw things!” Every prohibition can be phrased positively, and the results will be much more powerful. “We walk in the halls. Thank you for walking, Jerome,” or “I can see you really want to throw something. We don’t throw toys; What can we throw? Where can we throw things so we won’t get in trouble or hurt...

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