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It’s National Arts in Education Week, the perfect time to remember the many benefits that learning music, art, and drama bring to our children.

Not only does Arts Education provide kids with the possibility of discovering a lifelong passion or creative career, but it also nurtures happiness, wellbeing, and inspiration – all things that can have a positive impact on academic subjects, too.

Here is visualization of the many evidence-based benefits of Arts Education:

 

Learn more at: wetheparents.org/arts-education

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When the weather takes a turn for the worse, children often turn to video games or television for their entertainment. Instead, take advantage of your kid being stuck inside to educate them with fun activities. Thanks to search engines and online platforms such as YouTube, there is a never-ending wealth of ideas to keep your child entertained while teaching them valuable academic and life lessons. Make their learning fun with some hands-on interactive education that your family can enjoy.

1. Get Out the Musical Instruments

According to Parents, learning an instrument can help improve children’s academic skills, develop their coordination and motor skills, refine their self-discipline and practice patience. There are numerous websites providing online music lessons for almost any instrument imaginable. You and your kid can even learn an instrument together, helping each other as you follow tutorials online.

2. Let Them Stretch Their Artistic Muscles

Kids love to draw and craft. These artistic activities let them work with their hands, express themselves, and explore their imagination. Luckily, there is no shortage of fun DIY ideas online to get your kid involved in art. You can even look up some drawing tutorials for kids to help them hone their fine motor skills. Also, painting videos for kids can teach them about color mixing and palettes.

3. Get Them Moving

Keeping kids active will improve their academic performance, cognitive abilities, and help them keep a positive attitude. When it’s raining, try out one of the fun indoor activities suggested by Today’s Parent. Or, look up some kid-friendly exercise videos on YouTube. Kids love dancing, yoga, and bouncing around as they follow the instructor in a fun exercise video. Continue reading

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By Brynn Rosadino.

Are you ever overwhelmed by your child’s challenging behaviors?
Do you struggle to stay calm as your child escalates?

If you said yes to either of those questions, you are not alone.

Human beings are built to reflect each other’s emotions. When our children display intense feelings and behaviors, our brains naturally mirror those emotions. We start to feel stressed, angry, fearful, or overwhelmed just like our children.

When a child escalates, it is important to remain a calm center for that child. Though it may not always come naturally, we can learn strategies and coping mechanisms to help during these stressful times.  Continue reading

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5 Positive Ways to Discipline Your Kids

By Ashley Maturo.

As a parent, you know how frustrating it feels when you can’t get your kids to stop misbehaving. No matter how many times you have tried to get them to settle down, they just don’t seem to want to listen. Punishment may seem like the easier solution but there are other, more positive ways a parent can get their child to cooperate that don’t involve the timeout chair. And you may have already noticed – punishment doesn’t improve behavior in the long run. Continue reading

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Help Your Child with ADHD or AutismDoes your child have trouble connecting with others? Are you unsure about how to help?

Thu, Nov 16, 2017 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM EST

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Self-awareness and self-acceptance are the foundations of your child’s social life. Parents often struggle to strengthen these capacities in children.

During this live, online class you will gain practical skills that will help your child to:
– Build strong, healthy, lasting relationships
– Become more aware of himself and his surroundings
– Accept herself and accept those around her exactly as they are

Presenter: Aaron Weintraub, MS

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

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babies and sleep routinesSat, Nov 4, 2017
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM EDT

Babies’ brains are prewired to enjoy rhythm and melodies. Including rhythms and song into daily activities organizes young children’s experience and helps them to learn the ways you want to do things in your family. Parents will hear about how to create family routines that work for parents and meet infants and toddlers needs.

Infants and toddlers are learning everyday what to expect from us and from the world around them. It helps when parents recognize what they want to teach their young children and how to do it. Babies’ brains are prewired to enjoy rhythm and melodies and these can be used to teach children positive behaviors and how to connect in positive ways. Participants in this live online class will be able to identify and apply easy, every day practices that:

  • register for free parenting classStrengthen positive connections between parents and young children
  • Help babies and toddlers learn the ways you want to do things in your family
  • Create family routines that both work for parents and meet the needs of infants and toddlers

This live online parenting class is designed for parents of infants and toddlers.

PRESENTER: JoAnn Robinson, PhD 

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

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PRESENTER: Aaron Weintraub, MS 

Help Your Child with ADHD or AutismWhy does my kid act this way?

Mon, Aug 7, 20178:15 PM – 8:45 PM EDT

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Many parents try punishment or persuasion to help misbehaving or withdrawn children improve their behavior. This online class will help you achieve the stronger connections and positive behaviors you are seeking.

This live online parenting class is designed for parents of children ages 2 – 12. 

Whether children are acting out or withdrawn, the root cause is often anxiety. Participants in this live online class will be able to:

  • Recognize the need that your child’s behavior is communicating
  • Identify ways your own anxiety may be effecting your child
  • Apply and model self-care methods to reduce anxiety in your home
  • Identify root causes of anxiety in yourself and your child
  • Identify and practice sustainable healthy habits to stay calm and happy

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

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traveling with a toddlerTraveling with a toddler this summer? Three tips for helping you and your toddler to enjoy outings to new places:

  1. Tone down your excitement about going someplace new. Young children react to being in new places by looking to us for our reaction. Avoid making a big deal about it, especially if your child is easily startled or clings to you with fear. Being matter of fact will tell your child that it’s safe.
  2. Bring along some familiar food if you are eating a meal away. Of course it is fun to try new foods but it’s amazing how including a familiar food with new ones makes it all feel safe to try.
  3. Try to maintain something like the usual nap and eating times. If your toddler can refuel his/her energy predictably, he/she is more likely to play and enjoy being with lively cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Our FREE infant and toddler online class will review creating routines that work and consider how rhythmic talking and songs are connected to babies’ inborn motivation to be socially connected. Learning our babies’ cues to start, continue, and stop interacting helps us to be in tune during feeding, playtime, and sleep routines. Participants in this live online class will be able to identify and apply easy, every day practices that:
  • Develop and strengthen cooperative relationships with your infants and toddlers
  • Help older siblings and babysitters to participate in your baby’s routines
  • Prevent challenging behaviors of older siblings by practicing kindness in routines that make for a peaceful home
This FREE live online parenting class is designed for parents of infants and toddlers.
Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group  in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

See list of all upcoming Peace at Home Parenting webinars >

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by Aaron WeintraubMS

Register FREE now for
“Helping Children with ADHD and Autism to Connect and
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM EDT

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I have worked with many families of children with autism and ADHD over the years and there is one thing that they all struggle with.

How do I know which behaviors are typical child behaviors and which are beyond their control?

In other words:

Which of my child’s behaviors are developmental and which are related to their diagnosis?

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Parents feel a tremendous amount of guilt around figuring out when they should set behavioral boundaries and when to respond with acceptance and accommodations to meet their child’s sensory or attachment needs. If you enforce a boundary there is the fear that you’ve punished your child for a behavior beyond their control, and if you accommodate there is the concern that you may have let your child get away with a behavior that will not serve them well in their relationships and may escalate. Unfortunately, difficult behaviors associated with the neurotypical stages of child development and those related to the way your child’s diagnosis presents intersect in such a complicated way that it is likely to be impossible to sort them out. So there answer is to sidestep the difficult decision of whether to dig in your heels or accommodate by using these five steps:

Step 1: Validate
Begin by acknowledging and validating your child’s emotion without any qualifiers.

“I can see that you are angry/frustrated/sad right now.”

This helps your child recognize their emotion and models the expressive language to share their feelings.

Step 2: Offer Bounded Choices
Tell them what they CAN do. Offer two choices, one of which is the preferred behavior and the other which is an acceptable alternative that honors their sensory needs.

“You can either play the game with the group, or you can sit here in the shade and cheer them on.”

Step 3: Reinforce
Look for the opportunity to offer positive reinforcement for your child’s choice. Model language in a way that helps them to process the interaction.

“I appreciate that even though you are hot and tired you stayed with the group and cheered everyone on and then rejoined when you felt settled.”

Step: 4: Logical Consequences
If your child understands, but has not chosen either the preferred behavior or accommodation, there is a good chance you are dealing with a good ol’ behavioral issue. In this case your child may be looking for boundaries and it is important to provide them in a logical way.

Step 5: Give Yourself a Break
Unless you are a mind reader of exceptional ability there is no way to be sure you have reacted perfectly to your child’s needs. What you can do is follow your instinct, keep looking for new ideas, and learn from past experiences. Relax. You’re doing the best you can.

By doing your best to stay calm and following the steps above, you can help improve your child’s behavior on the autism spectrum and decrease tantrums and outbursts.

 

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