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October 30, 2017
Why Taking Away Video Games, and Time-Out, Often Does Not Work

Written by Dr. John Carosso I decided to re-post this post because, as of late, this issue has repeatedly been broached during my talks with parents. I hope you find this to be helpful. Taking away video-games (or TV, or a toy…) doesn’t work? Say it ain’t so! Sorry to be the bearer of bad […]

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June 12, 2017
Let's Talk About “Bribing” Our Kids

Written by Dr. John Carosso Are parents “bribing” their kids? Yikes! Parents often talk of “bribing” their child and, when they use the term, there is a sense of ‘doing the wrong thing’, making the situation worse, and even a sense of guilt. However, in actuality, when using the term, parents are often simply conveying […]

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November 2, 2015
Why Taking Away Privileges, and Time-Out, Don’t Work!!

Written by Dr. John Carosso Taking away video-games (or TV, or a toy…) doesn’t work? Say it ain’t so!! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the tried-and-true discipline method of taking away video-games, a favorite toy, or whatever else is largely ineffective and, in fact, counter-productive. How can that be, you ask, […]

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June 5, 2014
Are Your Kids “Lazy”, Or Are They Being Lazy?

Subtle difference? Well, it’s really not so subtle. It’s the difference between labeling your child, or simply describing an annoying and transient behavior. Related posts: Ten Tips for Managing Meltdowns ADHD: 5 Top Tips / new ADHD E-Pamphlet The Softer and Closer Approach Relationship: The Foundation of Discipline

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March 31, 2012
Autism: Squirt in the face for misbehavior?

Written by Dr. John Carosso Water in the face, Tabasco sauce… There have been some recent stories about parents and teachers using ‘aversive’ techniques to ‘punish’ autistic children for misbehavior. One boy was stuffed in a bag and another was squirted in the face with water. I’ve also heard stories of parents using Tabasco hot […]

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January 20, 2012
Improve Your Child’s Community Behavior

Written by Dr. Carosso No Drama Outings: As many of you are too well aware, taking your kids out to the store, or restaurant, can be as adventure-packed as any Indiana Jones movie. However, those are occasions you’d rather do without the drama. Get some help: If you want some help to improve your child’s […]

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December 15, 2011
ADHD: 5 Top Tips / new ADHD E-Pamphlet

Hair-loss prevention The behavior of children with attention deficit and hyperactivity can cause parents to pull out their hair. So, before you become bald, which clearly would add insult to injury, you may want some pointers. Fortunately, I have an approach to treating hyperactive kids that might save what’s left of your hair. I love […]

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November 11, 2011
Ten Tips for Managing Meltdowns

Written by Dr. Carosso It’s not uncommon that kids may become overly emotional, even tantrummatic at times. Parents typically ignore such behavior and send the child to their room to calm, which can be an effective and appropriate strategy. To isolate or not to isolate? For kids who show more severe emotion, banishing to the […]

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June 22, 2011
Relationship: The Foundation of Discipline

Written by Dr. Carosso The discipline trap How beneficial is time-out, taking away the TV, or ‘grounding’ a child from going outside? Of course, as most parents have come to find, all of these discipline strategies can be effective. However, what happens if you rely too heavily on these strategies? Well, first, your household can […]

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February 27, 2011
Getting kids to listen: Do rather than say

Written by Dr. Carosso: As parents, we expect kids to follow directions when told to do so, and that our child will do so immediately.  Oh, that it would be so.  To our despair, it’s not, and likely shall never be. That’s the important point; kids are not automatons (or at least mine aren’t) – oh that it […]

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