Behave Your Best, LLC is committed to sharing our positive, proactive, evidence-based parenting strategies with parents in an affordable way. For this reason, we partner with preschools and child care programs to bring you evidence-based parent education events to address all types of childhood behavior. Best of all, most are FREE to parents to attend! (Events are FREE unless noted)
Live Event In Person Workshops
“PREVENT THE PARENTING FOREST FIRES!”
RECOMMENDED INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
Does your child whine or cry when you tell him/her no? Is it difficult to get out of the house on time without yelling? Does your child run away or scream when it is time to end something fun and move on? Are you spending your days reacting to unwanted behaviors?
Wouldn’t you rather spend your precious time with your children preventing unwanted behavior? Our strategies have been kid-tested and parent-approved with families just like yours! You will also learn about our hallmark approach “Pretend You Are a Light Switch®! You will leave with at least one new strategy to address your child’s unwanted behavior.
Children aren’t born with all of the skills necessary to successfully interact with the world. So we can expect that they will display unwanted behaviors as they attempt to figure it all out. This technique controls for brain development in that we teach you WHEN to teach your child “the lesson.” The “light switch” also controls for the common behavioral reasons unwanted patterns of behavior continue, namely attention and avoidance. We teach you how to react in a way such that you don’t inadvertently reinforce the behavior in your response by either giving attention or allowing the child to delay, avoid, or escape your expectations. [NOW A FREE RESOURCE]
MOST POPULAR WORKSHOP: “TEACH YOUR CHILD TO LISTEN THE FIRST TIME!”
Tired of repeating yourself? Feel like your children only listen when you raise your voice? First, we review the reasons children do not listen. Then we share evidence-based strategies to teach your child to listen the FIRST time (most of the time). You will leave with a clear plan to improve your child’s listening skills. It is recommended that you attend the “Prevent The Parenting Forest Fires” workshop prior to attending this workshop in order to fully benefit from this workshop’s content. [Also available online]
“MY CHILD DELAYS, DAWDLES, ONE-MORE-MINUTES, AND THEN STILL SCREAMS WHEN IT’S TIME TO END SOMETHING!”
Does this sound familiar?: Parent: It’s time to…” Child: “I don’t want to…Can I have just one more minute?” One-minute passes and your child still protests when it is time to actually end the activity and move on. Isn’t this exhausting? Have you gotten rid of screen time at your home because your child cannot tolerate ending it? Don’t cover up this missing skill! Teach your child the crucial skill of pausing or ending preferred activities! Did you know there are actually 3 self-control skills/behaviors involved in a successful transition? Join us to learn what those 3 behaviors are and how to teach them so your child ends a preferred activity like a champ!
“THE INS AND OUTS OF TOILET TRAINING”
Behave Your Best strategies can troubleshoot when your other methods haven’t worked! Jamie is your local toilet training expert and will share the key components of our evidence-based approach to toilet training that can be customized to teach any child to use the toilet. While there are parts of our approach that all children can benefit from, it is individualized to meet your child’s unique needs and experiences. Barriers to toilet training such as a potential for avoidance to be at the root of potty training and stool retention will be discussed. Our goal is for you to leave this workshop feeling empowered to successfully teach your child to use the toilet. [Also available online]
As parents, we learn what pushes our children’s buttons and may inadvertently learn to avoid or accommodate those situations so as not to derail the day. While we don’t want you to pick every battle, avoiding all of them can be a disservice to your child in the long run, as it may mask your child’s missing skill(s). Unfortunately, those missing skills are often revealed in other environments where the teacher or coach cannot be flexible or accommodate your child’s missing skills. So even though you may not experience unwanted behaviors at home, you are the key teacher when your child is struggling at school or in other community settings. For example, if your child is hitting at school, but never hits at home, we may identify that your child is hitting when s/he needs to wait for things at school. Your child may not have to wait for many things at home. You need not have a group of 20 children to teach your child how to wait for things at home. But you may need to create opportunities at home that don’t currently exist to teach your child to wait for things.
“SOLVE YOUR CHILD’S SLEEP DISRUPTIONS!”
Do you dread your child’s bedtime routine? Does your child: take longer than 15 minutes to fall asleep; require you to be present in order to fall asleep; wake in the night? Did you know that there are 6 common sleep disruptions in early childhood and most children experience more than one simultaneously? This means that any sleep plan you implement has to address EACH and ALL of the reasons the child’s sleep is disrupted. Developing healthy sleep habits in our children is essential for cognitive development, mood regulation, attention and behavior, health, and overall quality of life for children and their family members. Our recommendations are adapted to support your parenting philosophy, values, or instincts. [Also available online]
Does your child delay, dawdle, ask for one-more-minute, and then still scream when it’s time to end something? Are you exhausted by the end of the day with arguing or negotiating with your child? Children in early childhood use their unwanted behavior to delay, avoid, control or get out of something they would rather not do. The longer we wait to address what starts as cute and “normal” passive resistance of toddlerhood, the more likely the child is to develop active resistance. Our goal is to help you recognize the subtle patterns of avoidance in your children so you can teach more appropriate skills before it gets “bad enough”.
“EVERYTHING FEELS LIKE A BATTLE WITH MY CHILD”
Are you tired of your child’s constant arguing, negotiating, or otherwise battling your parenting? Do you give in to his/her demands and negotiations to avoid the battle? If picking the battle means an epic tantrum or aggression, it is likely that you need to pick the battle, but in different way at another time. The battle is indication that your child is missing a skill. Your avoidance of that battle means you are missing the tools to successfully teach your child that missing skill.
Does this sound familiar?: Parent: “Do you want to brush your teeth or go potty first?” Child: “Neither!” When you offer two options does your child say, “Both”, “Neither”, or suggest a 3rd option? The ability to make a choice when presented with options is one of the first behavior regulation skills to develop in young children. As parents, we need your child to pick one of the choices offered to maintain your parental boundaries. We will break down the skill of choice-making into teachable steps and share how to strategically offer proactive choices to prevent unwanted behavior.
Do you feel like you’ve tried EVERYTHING and your child is still displaying unwanted behaviors? Parenting books and other advice-givers likely didn’t do a thorough assessment of why YOUR CHILD has learned to use his/her unwanted behavior and the skills s/he is missing. You can consequence the heck out of an unwanted behavior pattern, but if your child is missing the skills to begin with, you are too late! We will share why WHEN you teach determines the success of your teaching.
“TEACH SOCIAL SKILLS TO PREVENT AND REPLACE UNWANTED BEHAVIORS”
A young child’s job is to learn how to behave, learn new skills, and thrive in social and group settings. Children may display unwanted behaviors in these settings because they have not yet acquired the social skills necessary to succeed in them. We will review common behavioral challenges that can occur when a child lacks the necessary social skills and share 6 pivotal social skills to teach your child to prevent or replace “normal” unwanted behaviors in early childhood. You will also learn how to teach them using positive, proactive strategies.
“MOVING FROM PICKY EATER TO PEACEFUL EATER”
Does your child only eat chicken nuggets and grilled cheese…no veggies in your child’s diet? Picky eaters at home?! Want to increase your child’s variety of foods? Jamie will give you tips to work with your picky eater. Behave Your Best uses evidence-based strategies to break down the skill of accepting new foods for your child. We discuss the importance of a thorough assessment of your child’s patterns of unwanted avoidant behavior outside the context of mealtime to develop a plan that will produce lasting results. [Also available online]
“PREPARE SIBLINGS FOR BABY’S ARRIVAL”
There are a lot of things that are unexpected about having a new baby. We cannot plan for every obstacle or challenge our families will experience when a new baby arrives. However, we can learn from those that have parented before us and we can learn from the science of child behavior and development. We will review some proactive things you can teach your child 18 months to 6 years to prepare him/her for the arrival of your new family member. We review some common behavioral challenges children display leading up to and after the arrival of a new sibling, and share tips for how to minimize or prevent unwanted behaviors all together! [Also available online]
“After attending a free seminar, my husband and I were able to recognize our child’s unwanted behaviors and use the tools to correct them. We had success with our first attempt!”
-Alisha, Parent Workshop Attendee