Lessons from Littleton: Levelling - A Guide to Positive Parenting

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Lessons From Littleton, Apr 1, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 153 pages
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This is the psychologist's look at why so many children are having problems and are 'at risk'. Dr Brian Brody teaches from his years as a parent and Littleton therapist who saved his two step-children with many other children in the community. Dr Brody shares the wisdom of those parenting approaches in his book. Most parents don't need therapy but do need a 'game plan' to successfully raise their children. The 'Levelling' programme offers that 'common sense' help for parents. Children do not come with an owner's manual but the 'Levelling' program provides a 'guide' that parents can use to individualise more effective parenting in their families. This book offers parents communication skills to lovingly connect and problem solve with their children. Most importantly, it offers a variety of tools in which to teach children the 'coping skills' they need to succeed in the world. Levelling is a 'game for the kids' and a 'game plan' for parents. It is a concept which allows children to develop self-esteem and values by mastering responsibilities and earning rewards. This is a loving guide for parents to create a win / win situation which ends the 'power struggles'.It is 'old fashioned parenting for the new millennium'.
 

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Contents

The Separating Adolescent
93
The Separating Adolescent
94
Wouldnt it be a Drag?
95
Sample Level 4 Structure
99
The Family
102
Levelling With Children Under 7
103
Levelling With Children Under 7
104
The Saga of SuperMom
107

How Children are Taught Unhealthy Coping Skills
32
What Are Healthy Coping Skills?
33
How We Teach Children Healthy Coping Skills
34
How To Level With Your Children
37
The Three Major Parts To Levelling
38
How To Begin
39
How It Works
40
Leverage in Parenting
42
Responsibility
44
Parenting Styles
45
Things Kids Need Most
46
Charting
47
Level Rules and Behavior
49
Determining Levels and Rules
50
When I Feel Responsible To Others
51
Charting and Tracking
52
Token Slips
57
Using Your Behavior Chart
58
To Total Your Behavior Chart
59
Study Hall
60
Negative Attention Syndrome
63
Dear Old Mom
65
Chores
67
Chores
68
Developmental Stages
70
Chore List
73
Chore Tracking
74
Simple Chore Chart
79
Totaling Chores
80
Checking Chores
83
Saving Money
84
Totaling Chore Points
85
Clothing Allowance
92
Communicating With Your Children
109
Affective Clarification Technique ACT
111
Agreeing to Disagree
114
Reflective Listening
115
I Messages
116
A Dialogue for Healthy Coping Skills
117
Components
118
Conclusion
120
Happy Levelling
121
Happy Levelling
122
Connecting
123
Having Fun With Your Children
125
Examples and Worksheets
127
Examples and Worksheets
128
Example
129
Master
130
Daily Chores
131
Example
132
Master
133
Monthly Budget and Life Plan
134
Monthly Budget
135
Example
136
Master
137
Example
138
Master
139
Example
140
Notes
142
Award Certificates
146
Appendix
151
Services
152
About The Author
153
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About the author (2000)

Sandy Petersen"" Sandy Petersen is writer/ program analyst with the Early Head Start National Resource Center at Zero to Three. Ms. Petersen also coordinates Zero to Three's task force on Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers. She is also part of the WestEd Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers, by developing and teaching the module on special needs. Before joining Zero to Three, she was Coordinator of Training and Technical Assistance for Early Childhood Initiatives at the Colorado Department of Education and continues to work on Colorado's "Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care Initiative," She was one of the primary authors of Colorado's "Building Blocks," preschool content standards in reading and mathematics, and the Guidelines for the IFSP and Service Coordination. Ms. Petersen has direct service experience in early intervention, infant-parent psychotherapy, and child care. She has a Master's degree in Educational Psychology and completed doctoral coursework in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of California -- Berkeley. ""Donna Wittmer"" Donna Wittmer has been a professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center for 17 years. She has taught a variety of courses for students obtaining their MA in Early Childhood Education and a license to teach in Early Childhood Special Education (ages 0-5). Prior to becoming a professor in Colorado, she taught behavioral pediatrics at the Health Sciences Center in Syracuse for eight years. She also was the coordinator and provided assessment and intervention services, on a grant from New York State, for five years on the Onondaga Nation for children(birth to six) and their families Dr. Wittmer's Ph.D. is in Child, Family, and Community Studies from Syracuse University where she studied infant and toddler development, behavior, and intervention with Dr. Alice Honig and Dr. Ron Lally (now the creator and coordinator of PITC). She taught several courses at Syracuse University in the department of Child, Family, and Community Studies before moving to Colorado in 1990." """ " "Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning" and PITC" The authors have both taught for PITC's national faculty. Their text embraces and captures the PITC language and philosophy and incorporates suggestions for use of the PITC videos throughout a course. You will find many quotes from Dr. Ron Lally in the book. The instructor's manual recommends specific PITC videos that instructor's could use when teaching a particular chapter. Donna and Sandy recommend that all of the PITC videos be used when instructors teach with their textbook. Ron Lally, creator and coordinator of PITC, wrote a strong recommendation for the textbook. Both Sandy Petersen and Donna Wittmer are fellows of ZERO-THREE and have written articles for the ZERO to THREE journal. They have presented at national conferences numerous times. During their fellowship years, they studied with Berry Brazelton, Stanley Greenspan, Jeree Pawl, and Dolores Norton. The authors have been on the faculty of the Colorado Department of Education's Infant and Toddler Expanding Quality Initiative (EQI) for approximately six years. The model is a trainer of trainer's model. The faculty of the EQI have taught over 100 Colorado community teachers/coaches to use a 48 clock-hour course developed by thefaculty to train 2000 infant/toddler caregivers to provide responsive and relationship-based care to infants and toddlers. Donna Wittmer, with Sandy Petersen and other faculty members, have created the RELATE-A Coaching Tool for Relationship-Based Practice that is used by the community teachers to coach the infant/toddler caregivers.

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