Behavior Analysis, Development, Education, Gentle, love, reasonable expectations, Reinforcement, respectful parenting, Uncategorized

How We Avoid Punishing Our Children

I often see comments in gentle parenting boards asking, “If you don’t punish, what do you do?” Or, “There are definitely circumstances where punishments are necessary, right?” As a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), I frequently have to hold back from defining the term ‘punishment’ because I know that’s not exactly what folks mean. I… Read More How We Avoid Punishing Our Children

Eulogy, love, Mother, remembrance

What is a Mother? *In remembrance of MaryAnn Mather, 1929-2015*

I’ve been blessed to have a number of incredible role models in my life, one being my Grandmother, MaryAnn.  We called her Grandma Mares, since Mares was my Grandfather’s nickname for her.  Grandma Mares recently passed away on July 20th, 2015, after a long and incredibly challenging battle with Alzheimer’s.  She was the paragon of… Read More What is a Mother? *In remembrance of MaryAnn Mather, 1929-2015*