Parenting Toolbox

Parenting Toolbox
125 Activities Therapists Use to Reduce Meltdowns, Increase Positive Behaviors and Manage Emotions
Elementary
Middle School
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Pages: 
153
ISBN: 
9781683731559
Item Number:
8659
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Parenting Toolbox: 125 Activities Therapists Use to Reduce Meltdowns, Increase Positive Behaviors and Manage Emotions

Overview

Dealing with problem behaviors starts at home. The Parenting Toolbox is filled with easy-to-use strategies, backed by science, to overcome challenges and strengthen parent-child interactions—one worksheet, activity and exercise at a time.

  • Help kids cope with their stressful moments and anxious thoughts
  • Improve social skills with siblings, friends and peers at school
  • Reduce tantrums and meltdowns to create a more peaceful home
  • Diminish the daily fight over screen time

The Therapists’ Secret to Changing Behaviors

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on changing negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. Brief, targeted exercises can teach ways to recognize and replace unhealthy thoughts, improving emotions and behaviors.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Contents

Introduction

 

Parents as Change Agents............................ vii

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Influence..... viii

How to Use This Book................................ viii

What’s Inside................................................. ix

Quick Guide Activity..................................... x

Chapter 1:

Understanding Your Child

Learning About Your Child

Defining Needs............................................... 2

My Timeline.................................................... 3

Day Dreaming................................................. 4

Symptoms and Impact.................................... 5

Information Central, Introduction.................. 6

Information Central........................................ 7

Support Network............................................ 8

Strengths and Weaknesses

Finding Your Strength, Introduction............... 9

Finding Your Strength: Part 1....................... 10

Finding Your Strength: Part 2....................... 11

Stronger Together: Part 3.............................. 12

Impact Overview.......................................... 13

Positive Goal Setting

Goal Setting: Caregiver & Child, Introduction . 14 Replacing “Bad” Behaviors          15

Setting the Goal............................................ 16

Setting Your Goal.......................................... 17

Action Plan................................................... 18

Checking In.................................................. 19

Chapter 2:

Emotions and Feelings

Emotional Awareness

Emotion Database......................................... 22

Similarities and Differences.......................... 23

Getting to Know You............................................... 24

Feeling Rangebow........................................ 25

Feelings Cube, Introduction......................... 26

Feelings Cube Template................................ 27

Emotion Expression

My Feelings.................................................. 28

Feeling Your Feelings.................................... 29

Emotional Temperature................................. 30

Parenting Thermometer................................. 31

Frustration Thermometer............................... 32

Emotion Regulation

Recognizing Emotional Limits..................... 33

Making a Connection.................................... 34

Linking Emotions, Thoughts and Feelings... 36

I Feel............................................................. 37

Boiling Over................................................. 38

Emotion Tracking and Data Collecting

Emotion Tracking Tools, Introduction.......... 39

Thoughts and Feelings Log........................... 40

Weekly Mood Tracking................................ 41

Behavior Log................................................ 42

Times of Inattention..................................... 43

My Positive Thought Journal........................ 44

Chapter 3:

Supporting Social Skills

Self-Discovery

Is My Child a Great Social Communicator? . . 46 Am I a Great Social Communicator?          47

Reading My Expression................................ 48

Who Do I Communicate With?.................... 49

Confirm or Delete?....................................... 50

Building Bridges

Learn Something New:

Trusted Adult Interviews............................. 51

What’s the Point?......................................... 52

“How are You Doing?” versus “What’s Up?!”   53

Building Confidence and Trust.................... 54

Wow, That Was Rude!................................... 55

Peer Interactions

Learn Something New: Peer Interviews....... 56

Setting the Stage........................................... 57

. . . And Action!............................................ 58

What Did They Say?!................................... 59

Making a Plan............................................... 60

Exploring Perspectives

Looking at All Sides..................................... 61

I Think, You Think........................................ 62

Movie Reflection: The Hero and the Villain. 63

Create Your Own Comic............................... 64

Powers of Persuasion.................................... 65

Chapter 4:

Cognitive Skills

Flexibility

Family Flexibility.......................................... 68

Mindful Reasoning....................................... 69

Flexibility: Back-Up Plan............................. 70

Coping and Change...................................... 71

Partner Drawing............................................ 73

Thinking Patterns

Actions and Consequences........................... 74

Reframing Thoughts..................................... 75

How Big Is My Problem?............................. 76

Problem vs. Reaction.................................... 77

Reaching Out for Help................................. 78

Planning and Sequencing

Opportunities for Growth............................. 79

Sequencing and Prioritizing:

Afternoon Routines.................................... 80

Sequencing Menu Check Off....................... 81

What’s for Dinner?....................................... 82

Little Victories.............................................. 83

Time Management

Priority Practice............................................ 84

Setting Priorities........................................... 85

Got Time?..................................................... 86

Creating a Schedule...................................... 87

Do Now and Later Lists............................... 88

Chapter 5:

Building Coping Skills

Defining Coping Skills

Triggers and Actions..................................... 90

Stressed Out................................................. 91

Coping Interview.......................................... 92

Trust Bubble................................................. 93

Stop and Think!............................................ 94

Conflict and Control

Giving Up Control: Because I Said So!....... 95

Whose Turn Is It Anyway?........................... 96

Conflict and Consequences.......................... 97

Watch Your Words......................................... 98

Stoplight Problem Solving............................ 99

Calm, Cool, and Collective

Control Cards............................................. 100

10-Point Check In....................................... 101

Letting Go of Worry................................... 102

Recipe for Success...................................... 103

Calm Down Plan......................................... 104

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Labyrinth............................... 105

Full Body Focus......................................... 106

Relaxation Rolls.......................................... 107

Peaceful Actions......................................... 108

Peace Chain................................................ 109

Chapter 6:

Family Dynamics

Family Connections

Family Word Cloud..................................... 112

Family Roles............................................... 113

Family Resume............................................ 114

Family Coat of Arms.................................. 115

Family Super Powers.................................. 116

Rules, Rewards and Consequences

Core Values................................................. 117

Values, Rules and Responsibilities............. 118

Defining Rewards and Consequences........ 119

They Did WHAT?!

Understanding Expectations.................... 120

Family Expectations.................................... 121

My Responsibilities Chart........................... 122

Daily Goal Sheet......................................... 123

Caught You!............................................... 124

Making Sense of Responsibilities............... 125

Work for It!.................................................. 126

Luck of the Draw!...................................... 127

Routine Cards............................................. 128

Homework Helper....................................... 129

Free Time Schedule..................................... 130

Chore Routine Machine.............................. 131

Digital Parenting

Digital Connections.................................... 133

Cell Phone Rules and Contract................... 134

Technology Devices Rules and Contract.... 135

Social Media Rules and Contract............... 136

Digital Parenting: Aware and Involved...... 137

Parenting Monitoring Plan.......................... 138

Raising Digitally Responsible Children...... 139

Can You Handle It?.................................... 140

Controlling Your Digital Reactions............. 141

Finding a Balance....................................... 142