About this Blog
Greetings … and welcome to our Terrific Parenting discussion forum (blog). This is an idea that grew from parents … just like you.
I am Dr. Randy Cale and I have been writing articles and creating solutions for parents for the past 10 years. Many of these articles can be found on our sister website, Terrific Parenting. As I have been writing to the Terrific Parenting community of parents and teachers, they have become a loyal and trusted source of feedback and guidance. With the explosion of online forums for discussion, many parents began to express a desire to dialogue with other parents … and to learn from the practical wisdom of everyday life in the trenches.
And so…the idea began. The Terrific Parenting Blog has at its core a group of dedicated contributors (I call them my anchor group) of parents who raise issues and offer their regular contributions. Their participation is critical to this community and so is yours. They offer us all a window into their lives so we can have a wide range of perspectives and experiences … to serve as a springboard for more discussion and learning.
So please join in. We all want to hear from you … including the good, the bad … and the ugly!
In fact, my primary focus is to keep this real. I want it to reflect reality, and what we can all learn from day-to-day life of committed parents. It’s not just about when things go well. It’s about the struggles. It’s about the disagreements. It’s about the successes. And the failures. It’s about life.
We designed the community so that you can easily search topics, and find comments, learnings, and recommendations as well as links to other websites and resources.
A Little About Terrific Parenting
“Very briefly…let me summarize how we got here. Over the past 15 years, in working with hundreds of families, I began to realize that many of the books, training programs, and advice that parents receive from other therapists and well-intentioned parents often “miss the mark” because they do not pay attention to the fundamentals. Why…I don’t know. But the fundamentals contain the secret to long-term success!
My purpose with Terrific Parenting is to give parents access to these fundamentals. By practicing and following through with the principles on my website, in my newsletter, and in my various programs, you will be able to transform your home. Your kids will be happier and more responsible…and conflict will be a thing of the past. I am confident because I’ve seen it work time and time again. You will too, if you remain consistent and apply these principles with precision.”
Randy L. Cale, Ph.D.
You might be asking…”Why Listen to Dr. Cale’s advice?”
“The Terrific Parenting program changed the course of my family’s life. Dr. Cale challenged me as a parent to take time from my busy life to pay attention to parenting my son. As soon as I did that, I realized that I had been flying through life on automatic pilot, too much to do, too busy…semiconscious and really not addressing my son’s negative behavior when it occurred.
“Through this program, I learned to pay attention to each interaction. I reinforced my son’s positive behaviors and provided meaningful immediate consequences for his negative behaviors. I had to learn how to be unpopular with him for a while. The result was amazing. My son, who had been oppositional and argumentative, is now a sweet and loving kid and we have a great relationship. I can’t say enough about this approach and I tell everyone I know who is struggling with parenting about it. It really works.”
Marcia, Single Mother of two, Albany
Brief Bio For Dr Randy Cale
Dr. Randy Cale is a native of Virginia, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He currently maintains a coaching practice, as well as a private practice in Clifton Park, N.Y., where he specializes in working with parents and families.
His two-decades of work with parents and children led him to develop the “Terrific Parenting” precept; a set of relatively simple, yet profoundly powerful parenting principles. These simple ideas, when executed consistently, transform the lives of children and families.
A sought-after public speaker, Dr. Cale has written numerous articles, authored books and audio products on parenting, contributed to national publications on parenting and childcare and has presented his materials to thousands of parents and professionals. He is a regular guest on television and has been featured in numerous articles discussing his success with children and families. In addition, Dr. Cale works directly with parents throughout the country via telephone and teleconferencing in his coaching practice.
If you would like to reach Dr. Cale, you can contact him at (518) 383-0600 or via email by clicking here.
Dr. Cale is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York. He has a private practice working with families on a wide array of behavioral and psychological issues. His extensive experience in working with challenging situations has allowed him to distill the key principles and strategies needed to improve specific behavioral challenges.
For the past ten years, Dr. Cale has spoken with thousands of parents through presentations and workshops. He consults with teachers and school systems to develop effective ways to teach children about the Habits Of Success. In addition, he has worked with many challenging families through his private practice. He has a unique ability to explain complex information in simple, yet powerful ways that will naturally enhance your influence as a parent.
There are many sources of information on parenting. Unfortunately, much of this advice is offered by well-intentioned parents who have experienced particular difficulties, and have perhaps overcome these. At times, this type of advice is helpful. However, often this information makes things worse because the authors do not understand where your influence — your power — as a parent comes from. Few parents have the breadth of experience to distill the key fundamentals that create influence for you as a parent. That’ what you get here…that’s hard to find from other sources.
Another problem occurs when the material offered to parents focuses on specific techniques and strategies that vary for each specific problem. It’s as if you have to have 27 different parenting strategies. That’s not the case with Terrific Parenting.
While Dr. Cale does address many specific problems, the articles and products will repeatedly encourage you to pay attention to the fundamental principles…so that you can begin to understand how these principles affect every parenting decision. You can then begin to make choices from a position of confidence and power. In fact, the astute parent will begin to notice the unique consistency with which these principles guide each strategy and parenting solution offered by Dr. Cale.