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Episode 043: Creating an Environment Which Fosters Good Behavior Part 1

There are many factors that influence our children's behavior that are out of our control. However, we are lucky that there are some factors that are in our control. In this week's and next week's episode, we will teach you some fundamentals to creating an environment which fosters good behavior. If some of these fundamentals are missing, it's not really fair to expect our kids to behave well. Listen this week and next week to learn what you can do to help your children behave their best....

Duration: 00:26:01

Episode 042: Giving Warnings-How that makes parenting harder and what to do instead.

This is a MUST listen for EVERY PARENT! I don't say that about every episode, but it is true of this episode. Marriage and family therapist, Jeff Tesch teaches that giving too many chances to stop a certain behavior actually encourages the child to continue misbehaving! None of us want that. By the end of this episode, you'll learn how warnings are working against you and what to do instead. Happy Listening!

Duration: 00:18:07

Episode 041: When and how to seek professional help for your child

If you are dealing with behavior that never seems to improve, you'll want to listen to today's episode. As parents of strong-willed kids, there can be a possibility that your child is dealing with an abnormality in their functioning. They could have inherited or developed anxiety, ADHD, depression, or autism, just to name a few. A professionals help is needed to get a clear diagnosis. So the questions we often get asked here at Parent with a Pro are: How do I know if my child could benefit...

Duration: 00:29:36

Episode 040: Teaching Your Kids How to Apologize

Last week, we talked about helping our kids become more empathetic. In this companion episode, we teach you how to help your children develop the critical life skill of offering apologies. The steps taught are so simple are so powerful. This is a must listen for everyone! (hint: you could even take notes for yourself. This episode has helped me a ton) Happy listening.

Duration: 00:22:35

Episode 039: Teaching Your Kids Empathy

A question we get asked repeatedly is "How do I teach my child empathy?" As parents, we want our kids to be concerned about the feelings of others, to be empathetic. Today's episode is full of tips to help your children see things from other's perspective and help them show empathy to others. Happy Listening!

Duration: 00:17:35

Episode 038: Talking to Your Kids About Tragic Events

Our world is full of tragedies, natural disasters, and violence. It isn't uncommon for these events to frighten our children or cause an increase in their anxiety. With so many such events occurring recently, we wanted to create a podcast that would coach parents through talking to kids about tragedies and helping them feel calm after they've occurred. I learned so many new things recording this episode that will forever change how I handle tragedies with my kids. Happy Listening!

Duration: 00:23:47

Episode 037: Solving Sibling Squabbles

If you have multiple kids in your home and those kids don't always get along, then today's episode is for you. In this episode you will learn specific steps for solving sibling squabbles. I always love how Jeff teaches solutions to our parenting issues in a way that simplifies our parenting instead of complicating it and today is no exception! Here's to fewer sibling squabbles in all our homes!

Duration: 00:29:12

Episode 036: Negative Behavior Explained

Have you ever wondered "Why is my child behaving like this?!" If so, you'll love today's episode. Marriage and family therapist, Jeff Tesch teaches us what drives our children's misbehavior. This episode will give you great insight into the mind, heart, and behavior of your child. Happy Listening!

Duration: 00:32:32

Episode 035: My Favorite Positive Reinforcement Technique

Believe it or not, our children are not born knowing what behavior is appropriate and what behavior isn't. It is our responsibility as parents to teach appropriate behavior to our kids. But how do we do this? By how we respond to behavior. If we respond to negative behavior by giving our kids an uncomfortable consequence and respond to positive behavior with a positive consequence, your kids will eventually learn what is OK and what isn't. To help you do that, we created this episode to...

Duration: 00:18:28

Episode 034: Behavior Regression

Have you ever had weeks where you saw improvement in your child's behavior only to be follow by weeks of regression? I have and it stressed me out! So much so, that I decided we needed a whole podcast on it. This episode will help you know how much regression is normal and how to handle it when you see it. Happy Listening!

Duration: 00:19:51

Episode 033: Help! Parenting Stresses Me Out!

If you're tired of letting the stress of parenting control you, you will definitely want to listen to this episode! One of the things we face almost daily as parents of sassy, spirited, and strong-willed kids is a feeling of stress or overwhelm. These feelings can lead us to react poorly, they can suck the fun out of parenting, and they can make everyday feel like an uphill battle. This episode is one of my favorites ever. Jeff Tesch, LMFT teaches some really powerful tools to help us...

Duration: 00:37:13

Episode 032: Sensory Disorder

There are so many factors that can affect a child's behavior. They are external factors, like environment and internal factors, like depression, anxiety, or ADHD. In today's episode we talk about an internal factor, Sensory Disorder. A lot of people want to know what it is, if their child has it, how it can effect behavior, and if it can be treated. Luckily, Mike Fitch, CMHC has a lot of experience with diagnosing and treating kids with sensory disorder and was willing to teach us all...

Duration: 00:17:02

Episode 031: How to Handle the Aggressive Child

If you have aggressive kids, you are not alone! A lot of people in our private Facebook group have mentioned that their kids are really aggressive: hitting, biting, yelling, spiting, etc. In today's episode, we learn why kids are aggressive, how to respond to it, and how to know if they need some extra help handling their aggression. Happy Listening! Links mentioned in this episode: Bonus: Breathing Exercises Episode 019: Discipline Technique to Avoid Because They Hurt More Than They Help

Duration: 00:29:12

Episode 030: How to Connect While You Correct

According to marriage and family therapist and researcher, Jon Gottman, in order for you to have a healthy relationship with your child you need to have FIVE positive interactions to every ONE negative interaction. It's kind of like a bank account, positive interactions count as deposits and negative interactions count a big withdrawals. It's pretty easy to have a healthy positive:negative ratio with kids who behave really well, but what about the ones that need correction often? In...

Duration: 00:13:12

Episode 029: Handling Kids Who Challenge Your Authority

Am I alone? Or is your authority also challenged at least once an hour? Challenging authority is a common characteristic of strong-willed kids, but it's not one that we need to just put up with. In today's episode, Jeff Tesch LMFT teaches how to handle kids who challenge your authority in the healthiest way. Happy listening! If you'd like to a have link to each new episode sent directly to your inbox, sign up below!

Duration: 00:22:51

Episode 027 Sassy, Spirited, Strong-willed Kids and Friends Part 2

In last week's episode, we talked about sassy, spirited and strong-willed kids that are bossy or don't pick up on social cues easily. This week, we're covering the opposite end of the spectrum by talking about kids who are more shy. Clinical mental health counselor, Mike Fitch teaches that a child might fit into this category for one of the following reasons: They have anxiety about social situations They are naturally more introverted They have been burnt in social situations and have...

Duration: 00:32:07

Episode 025: WARNING! Six things that may be undermining your parenting

Marriage and family therapist, Jeff Tesch says that around twenty-five percent of the counselling he does is helping parents be consistent in their approach parenting together. He has had great success helping parents come together to find common ground in their approach. Jeff Tesch, LMFT is graciously sharing his handout he gives parents to guide them to a place where they can see eye to eye and help eliminate disagreements over parenting. Click here to download this resource. I know that...

Duration: 00:36:34

Episode 024: How to Childproof Your Marriage

It is no secret that being a parenting can put a huge strain on a marriage. With the kids having busy schedules, demanding a lot of time and attention, and so much more, we can find that our marriages take a hit. The good news is that the experts know how to childproof a marriage. Listen to today's episode with Alan Brooks, LMFT as he teaches his top tips for a successful relationship with your spouse. Don't miss an episode! Sign up to have a link to each new episode delivered directly to...

Duration: 00:27:52

Episode 023: A Child Therapist’s Guide to Potty Training

If you are getting ready to potty train or have tried and haven't had success, you'll want to listen to this episode. Mike Fitch, CMHC has been a child therapist for a decade and in this episode he dispels some myths and teaches the do's and don'ts of potty training your tougher-to-train child. I have a toddler that I'm getting ready to potty train and this episode couldn't have come at a better time. I feel much more equipped to tackle the dreaded task. Happy Listening! Don't want to miss...

Duration: 00:33:13

Episode 022: Routines-A Simple Way to Avoid Power Struggles

Parents of sassy, spirited, and strong-willed children are no strangers to power struggles. Here at Parent with a Pro, it is our goal to equip you with as many tools as possible to avoid those power struggles. So what is one simple tool you could use starting today that would help you side step many power struggles without your kids even noticing that you did it? Routines. Having routines, set things you do at a certain time and in a certain order, has saved my bacon many times. In this...

Duration: 00:13:43

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