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Guides for the busy Mom

Hang in there parent tips


Parenting has its joys and challenges. In our effort to help moms in their quest for a less stressful, more productive and rewarding parenting, we have put together our combined experience for over 35 years with children and parents as a pediatrician and as a school psychologist to create a practical card series we lovingly refer to as “Hang in There”. This quick, skill based reference guide covers specific issues busy moms may be dealing with from newborns to school age children. While moms may want to read a book for more details and a more complete understanding of an issue, these cards can provide them with information for immediate action. They serve as a quick reminder of the specific steps they can use right now. Their convenient and portable format allows them to hang the set on their diaper bag or purse for easy accessibility. These quick resources are certainly not intended to take the place of a physician, psychologist, or other health care professionals. This information should certainly not be used for diagnosing or treating a health care problem, or prescribing any medication. Our patients love them and you will too. Take a look at our website or through

Remember to always “notice the positives and praise often”!

Gina Penaflor, MD-Pediatrician  

Patricia Gage, PhD, NCSP-School Psychologist

Behavior Charts Work!

I did it Checklist graphic


Consistency and clearly stated rules and expectations are the

keys to positive discipline. Pay attention and notice the positive 

behaviors and reward your child often. Children need consistent

positive feedback to learn and practice appropriate behavior.  

The focus needs to be on specific behaviors you want them to 

demonstrate not on the behavior you want them to stop. Behavior 

charts are a fun and interactive way to encourage and motivate 

positive behavior. 

Kids really like earning stickers or points and you’ll find they are 

willing to work for a special reward or treat at the end of the week.  

Make the chart together and create the menu of things he/she 

can select to work for each week. Don’t expect quick results. If 

the target behavior is very challenging for the child set the goal at 

50% compliance. If the child at times demonstrates the particular 

targeted behavior but not consistently start at 80% compliance.  

If he/she earns 80% of the stickers or check marks for the week he/she 

should earn his reward. When he/she consistently accomplishes that for 

two to three weeks move on to 85% compliance. 

Bahavior Chart (pdf)


Recommended BOOKS

Enjoy Life! Healing with Happiness by Lynn D. Johnson

Save Your Brain by Paul David Nussbaum, PH.D.