Child Development & Parenting

Benefits of Television: Teaching Empathy and Self-Efficacy with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Toddler screen-time is something every parent worries about. Am I letting him watch too much? Is he watching the wrong things? These are important questions to be asking

by Veronika Tait
January 27, 2019

What Causes Control Issues? Parenting Insights from Baumrind and Erikson

Parenting is akin to Goldilocks and the three little bears. At first, Goldilocks tries the porridge that is too cold. This is the parent who is strict

by Veronika Tait
January 26, 2019

The Difference Between Shame and Guilt: A Guide for Parents’ Expectations

Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”

by Veronika Tait
January 17, 2019

How to Stop Your Toddler From Hitting: A Social Learning Perspective

There was a classic psychology study done in the 1960s by Albert Bandura called the Bobo doll experiment to better understand observational learning. Boys and girls...

by Veronika Tait
January 12, 2019

Authoritative Parenting Examples Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in here, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals.

by Veronika Tait
January 5, 2019

Punishment in Psychology: Negative Effects of Punishment

I’ve heard many parents say children need to get hit to understand that hitting hurts. This will encourage them to avoid hitting others in the future, right? Well, not according to behavioral scientists.

by Veronika Tait
October 21, 2018

Schedules of Reinforcement in Parenting

Psychologists have found several ways in which we learn. One way studied by B.F. Skinner is through operant conditioning. Each day

by Veronika Tait
October 20, 2018

The Difference between Punishment and Discipline

Just recently I read a post from about The One Thing to Always Say When Disciplining Your Child. (*Spoiler alert,*

by Veronika Tait
October 19, 2018

How to build Self-Confidence in a Child: Lessons from the Entitlement Generation

Does this sound familiar? Cue talk of this entitled generation who doesn't know how to handle losing. One top definition for snowflake from

by Veronika Tait
June 9, 2018

Four Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

Imagine you stagger into work, exhausted, since you were up all night worrying about a project you poured over for weeks. When you give your all presenting it to your team, they look disappointed and annoyed.

by Veronika Tait
May 6, 2018

Three Useful Tips to Teach Your Toddler to Share

These techniques to teach toddlers to share are not always easy in practice, but they are a part of the overall pattern I try to create.

by Veronika Tait
March 17, 2018