This is a challenging time for everyone. Your children may be exhibiting a range of unexpected or even undesirable behaviors in response to the many changes and stressors that everyone is contending with. It can be helpful for parents to find moments to enjoy time with their children through play, shared reading, conversations or other ways of connecting. Beyond that, children will do best when their parents have consistent expectations around behavior and respond with positive attention for desired behaviors and when possible, actively ignore undesirable behaviors.
- The Surprising Secret to Raising a Well-Behaved Kid (Parents Magazine)
- Ways to Praise – the Positive Opposite (PCIT)
- Reduce Attention-Seeking Behaviors by Ignoring (Very Well Family)
- What's So Special About Special Time? (AHA Parenting)
By: Dr. Liz Ward
Dr. Liz Ward is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served as the school psychologist at The Caedmon School since the fall of 2017. She received her B.A. with a major in Psychology from Wesleyan University in 1989 and since that time, her professional career has focused on work with children. She was an Assistant Teacher at The 92nd St. Y Nursery School in the early 1990s and then went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (child specialization) in 2002 from St. John's University. While training at St. John's, Dr. Ward completed three year long part time externships (Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center, Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Attention and Learning Disorders, and the Child Development Center at JBFCS) and a full time internship at the Astor Home for Children in the Bronx. After Dr. Ward obtained her doctorate, she spent 10 years at home, caring for her two children. Dr. Ward returned to work in the spring of 2008, completing her postdoctoral training at the Child Development Center of the Jewish Board. Since that time, Dr. Ward has gained extensive experience working with children and their families in a variety of settings (center based preschool program, outpatient community mental health clinics, consultation at nursery schools, integrated behavioral health program embedded in a large pediatric practice, private practice in Westchester) which include the Child Development Center at the Jewish Board (formerly JBFCS), Westchester Jewish Community Services, and the Healthy Steps program at Montefiore Medical Center. In her free time, Dr. Ward enjoys being outdoors in her hometown and spending time with her two college-age children and their beloved West Highland Terrier.