A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Beth Grosshans worked as a clinical child psychologist for more than 25 years. Today, Dr. Beth Grosshans serves as an advisory board member of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera.
Since Peter Gelb took over operations as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, the organization has made serious strides toward expanding its international impact while increasing the annual number of new productions. Both of these initiatives can be appreciated through the Met’s Live in HD series, which allows for high-definition (HD) broadcasts of opera performances at movie theaters all over the world.
Upcoming Live in HD performances include Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, October 8, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Saturday, October 22. To learn more about these and other productions, visit http://www.metopera.org. The website also provides information on encore screenings of past performances like Richard Strauss’s Elektra.
Dr. Beth Grosshans, an experienced child psychologist, shares her professional insights and expertise as author of Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm. In this book, Dr. Beth Grosshans explains many of the reasons for childhood misbehavior and presents strategies for restoring family balance.
First and foremost, a child’s temper communicates something to his or her caregiver. Some children are testing limits to see if their parents’ authority is strong enough to provide a sense of safety, while others feel as though they have the power in the parent-child relationship and are acting on that dynamic. Regardless of motivation, it falls to the parent to reinforce rules for appropriate behavior and help the child manage his or her perceived crisis.
The first rule in mitigating defiant behavior is to maintain poise. Children need the adults in their lives to be the steady and reliable ones, particularly when the child is having trouble following the rules. In some situations, this may mean walking away from undesirable behavior and positively recognizing when the child has been able to calm him or herself down.
Similarly, it is important for adults to uphold expectations and enforce consequences if the child has broken an established rule. Otherwise, children will learn that they can find exceptions to normal rules simply by behaving badly.