It’s easy to try new parenting strategies when things are going smoothly. It’s easy to remember them when everyone and everything are cool, calm, and collected. But that’s not when we need these techniques the most. We need them when we NEED them!
Don’t just read over these research-based methods and let them fly out of your mind. Use them when the going gets rough.
This weekend I used the heck out of some strategies to prevent meltdowns in my home thanks to the joy of teething. We had bloody gums, fever, snotty nose, interrupted sleep for everyone, and a cranky toddler in the house. Woo-hoo!
Here are a few ways I used ABA to make the weekend a little more tolerable (still not awesome. Teething is serious business).
When little miss thing doesn’t get good sleep, she gets cranky.
When mama doesn’t get good sleep, same applies.
Ginormous molars forcing their way into my girl’s mouth leads to not good sleep. Therefore, we need all the help we can get to not be a household of cranky females!
Using ABA helped. I’m still tired, but there was minimal crying and fussing in my life this weekend. ABA works. Thank goodness. And good night.
Need more ideas? My book Parenting with Science: Behavior Analysis Saves Mom’s Sanity is available now and contains lots of research-based strategies for Moms to prevent problem behavior!
Leanne Page, MEd, BCBA