Tag: discipline
How to discipline kids without yelling
February 1, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

It´s difficult, we know. In fact, being a parent is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world. But, you aren´t alone. At The To Blog, our mission is to help. We understand that there are days in which it is virtually impossibly to keep calm, be patient and not get become irate at the fact that you need to repeat everything a million times. It is then, at these precise moments, when we feel overwhelmed, that we tend to raise our voice or yell. But, as you have probably already discovered, it leads to nowhere. Today, we will give you some clues as to how to discipline without yelling.

8 ways to say NO without saying NO
May 4, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

It might sound ridiculous but saying “no” is not the best way to discipline children. Some experts believe that if the use of negation is practiced often enough, we can build resentment in our children and even lay the grounds for a future rebel. According to Audrey Ricker, PHD in psychology and author of ‘Back Talk’, if we constantly say “no”, the word will lose its significance. Instead, it’s preferable to use short, clear and concise sentences to explain to children why they should not do something. Try the following 10 sentences and let us know if they work.

Where did they get that?
December 5, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Children have the ability to surprise us saying things or doing things we haven´t taught them nor would we want them to learn. Of course, it frequently occurs in the worst possible moment and we are just left there wondering: “Where did they get that from?” Sometimes they do it unconsciously, others to call our attention. In this post we´re talking about bad words or cussing but the same advice can be applied to other embarrassing situations, some that even happen when you aren´t there. Biting a classmate, for example, cheating or lying. Keep reading to find out why they do it, where they get it from and how to deal with it.

8 things teachers want from parents
October 7, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Communication between teachers and parents is key when it comes to educating our children, as we cannot expect them to be the only ones that hold that responsibility. A study, published by the NEA (National Education Association) proved that when parents are involved in their children´s day-to-day activities at school, their grades, behaviour and emotional well being improves. Remember that education begins at home. We have nailed down the 8 basic things that teachers want from parents.

7 reasons not to spank your kids
September 17, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Spanking, slapping, insulting or mocking a child was something “normal” way back when. But was it good? In recent years, psychology studies, such as this one at the University of Manitoba in Canada, published by, have proven that children who are punished with physical and verbal violence risk developing mental disorders such as anxiety, depression or personality dysfunction. The truth of the matter is that our children can sometimes make us lose our patience and although we might believe that punishing them is the way to go, here are 7 reasons that might convince you not to. In the end you decide. Should we punish them or think of other alternatives?

6 reasons your kids should learn to play an instrument
August 12, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Does you son or daughter become enthralled every time they listen to music? Well, you might need to consider whether you have a pianist, guitarist or drummer at home. Music provides many benefits for children. And not just for those who listen. Experts agree that learning to play an instrument is the door to creativity, and one that stimulates brain activity. If you still aren´t convinced whether you should sign your children up this fall, we´ll give you 6 reasons why you should.