Archive for February, 2008

Sick

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

For the record, I didn’t forget to write the rest of my parenting article. I just happened to catch that weird flu thing that has been going around. I suppose I’ll finish telling you all how to raise your children after I quit puking up my lungs. You’re welcome.

Training Children Part 2: Effective Negative Reinforcement

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Part one of this article can be found here. An important thing to consider when you’re shaping good behavior is that it works best when the person doesn’t realize you’re doing it. This is just as true whether you’re shaping behavior in a 6 year old child or a 43 year old man. I read […]

How to Train Your Children to Behave on Cue

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The dictionary defines the word cue as anything that excites to action; stimulus. Taking that into consideration, it is safe to say that in the course of an average day, adult humans respond to all sorts of cues. We respond to: *Visual Cues. We stop at red lights. *Sound cues. Upon hearing a siren, we […]

Brilliant Marketing

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Today I took a trip to an antique store, still searching for the ever elusive perfect coffee table. I browsed for awhile, but ultimately nothing caught my eye. However, before I left, I took a peak at a shadowbox full of knickknacks. Amongst all the delicately crafted trinkets was a neatly printed sign. It said: […]

Too Much Choice is Pure Hell

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Whenever I confess to people that I don’t work a regular job, their response is always the same. “You’re so lucky.” I cringe a little every time they say it although I know that two weeks after I quit my first job, I would have enthusiastically agreed. Back then, the days stretched out before me, […]