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 child care programs and preschools to bring you evidence-based parent education events. Best of all, they are often FREE to parents to attend!
Workshop Topics for Parents
RECOMMENDED INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP: “Prevent the Parenting Forest Fires!”
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 leave with at least one new strategy to address your child’s unwanted behavior.
“Pretend You Are a Light Switch!®”
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 typical 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. [Also available On Demand!]
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 of all, 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 “Light Switch” workshop prior to attending this workshop in order to fully benefit from this workshop’s content. [Also available On Demand!]
“Teach Social Skills to Prevent Unwanted Preschool Behavior”
A preschooler’s job is to learn how to behave, learn, and thrive in a group setting. Many times, preschoolers display unwanted behaviors because they have not yet acquired the social skills necessary to succeed in group settings. We will review common behavioral challenges that can occur when a child lacks the necessary social skills. We review 6 pivotal social skills to focus your teaching efforts, and how to teach them using positive, proactive behavioral strategies.
In this workshop, we will first briefly review the literature regarding toilet training norms and share readiness criteria. In addition, we will review the key components of our evidence-based approach to toilet training. 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. Our goal is for you to leave this workshop feeling empowered to successfully teach your child to use the toilet. [Also available On Demand!]
“Solve Your Child’s Sleep Disruptions!”
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. Research has shown that first-time parents who receive education regarding sleep before the child is 3 months of age, report fewer challenges with sleep than those that did not receive education (Adair, Zuckerman, Bauchner, Philipp, & Levenson, 1992; Kerr, Jowett, & Smith, 1996; Wolfson, Futterman, & Lacks, 1992). In this workshop, we will first review the literature regarding pediatric sleep and sleep norms. Next, we discuss the 6 most common sleep disruptions. Lastly, we share empirically-supported sleep in
“Moving From Picky Eater to Peaceful Eater”
Does your child only eats 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.
“Parents Prepare Sibling 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 some tips how to minimize or prevent unwanted behaviors all together!