When bad behavior is actually good

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When bad behavior is actually good

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Bad behavior is really good, and here's why: I always tell parent, "Welcome bad behavior." Behavior is always a reflection of how we are feeling, always. So if a kid is behaving badly, they are essentially telling us that something is wrong. Here's our opportunity. We can punish away that bad behavior and make it stop or we can take the opportunity to find out what's really going on. I often tell parents, if you hear your kid crying, if you can re-frame that in your head, "Wow, this is fantastic. My child is about to learn something new and I can't wait to find out what that is."

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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