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Behavior Checker® Solutions

These practical, proven Behavior Checker solutions have been trusted and recommended by parents, educators and pediatric healthcare providers for decades.  Developed by the co-authors of the best-selling parenting book, Discipline with Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to Over 100 Common Childhood Behavior Problems, who are also founders of the Raised with Love and Limits Foundation.

How to Use Behavior Checker Solutions.

The most important thing we can do for our kids' health and well-being is the simplest thing we can do: teach them good behavior and protect them from harm through healthy discipline, including positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior, setting limits, redirecting and unconditional love. And Behavior Checker is here to help.

We designed Behavior Checker Solutions to be a handy reference for everyone. We offer lots of choices of solutions for each behavior problem. Here’s a simple way to make it easy as possible to use these solutions:

  • First, find the behavior problem that you want to solve. That’s why we ask you to put in the name of the behavior in “Find the Behavior”

  • Second, follow this quick guide to the first three steps in solving a behavior problem using a healthy Mind S.E.T.®:

    That “S” for Self-Talk means to “talk to yourself” to calm yourself down, so that you can think clearly and use the two next steps of behavior problem-solving—empathize and teach.

    That “E” for Empathize means to “put yourself in your child’s shoes” by thinking about the behavior from her point of view. That is so helpful to a healthy Mind S.E.T., as it lowers your stress and helps your mind move toward using caring words and tone of voice when teaching, not angrily shaming, blaming or resenting your child.

    That “T” for Teaching means to “think about what positive behavior you want to teach your child to solve the problem quickly”. Also a mentally healthy step to lower stress, teaching positively focuses on what you want your child to learn.

  • Third, follow the practical suggestions in “What to Do” and “What Not to Do”.

    What to Do: To solve the problem most effectively, think of each “What to Do” suggestion as tool to teach a new behavior to replace the behavior you want to change. The guiding principle for changing children’s behavior is, “Try the simplest tool first.” This usually means showing your child what to do and encouraging him to do it. Think about what’s most comfortable for you and for your child when using a tool. And if that tool doesn’t immediately work, don’t give up! It may take lots of days (weeks, months) of practicing to learn how to use polite language, for example, if your child is used to cursing and swearing.  You may choose to try more than one tool in the “What to Do” suggestions. Just remember, children learn by practicing. Being a consistent teacher is the best way your child will learn the behavior lesson you are teaching—and patience is key.

    Learning a new behavior is also an “up and down” process. So don’t expect your child to necessarily do the new behavior on Monday, even though she did on Sunday. And when you change teaching tools—for example, using Grandma’s Rule instead of shouting—your child may test you by continuing the old behavior just to see if you will follow through with Grandma’s Rule! Be consistent and practice, practice, practice! As in the case of teaching your child to eat with a spoon, for example, it’s a slow, gradual process.

    Certain words and actions will feel more natural to use for some than for others. Change a word or two if the exact language we suggest doesn’t feel comfortable for you to say. Make what you say and do believable to your child. And don’t forget that the tone of voice you use can make the difference in motivating your child—stay calm and positive!

    What Not to Do: It’s equally important to know what not to do for each behavior that you think of as a problem. These will help you prevent certain behavior problems from recurring, becoming worse, or creating another problem.

The authors and Raised with Love and Limits Foundation disclaim responsibility for any harmful consequences, loss, injury or damage associated with the use and application of information or advice contained in these prescriptions and on this website. These protocols are clinical guidelines that must be used in conjunction with critical thinking and critical judgment.