Welcome to the Online Challenging Behavior Series!

Explore methods that help children learn to self-regulate and behave well.  Identify the critical role you play in shaping these important life skills.

During this course, you will:

  • View Engaging Videos

    Enjoy engaging video learning segments with a visual Powerpoint presentation with Raelene Ostberg, Thriving Together Toddler Expert, on the webcam.

  • Share Your Insight

    Provide your insight as you reflect, apply, and practice the interesting concepts from the sessions to your care environment!

  • Access Valuable Resources

    Access a compilation of ideas from our live sessions and, after completion, links to other valuable resources, videos, and tools you can use in your care setting!

Course Details

This informative and fun flexible learning opportunity will be available now until December 31, 2022. You decide - finish in less than two hours from now or take until June 30th to complete it! This self-paced course is broken into easy learning segments in your Thinkific course player and it tracks your progress! You can jump on or off as is convenient for you!

During the course, you will view an edited version of the engaging live webinar featuring Raelene Ostberg on the webcam and answer a few questions as you apply the concepts to your care environment. 

  • Learn several methods for improving self-control in children 0-8 years
  • Gain insight into the development of the higher-level thinking skills needed to increase self-regulation skills in young children
  • Explore methods that foster the important “Executive Functions” needed to reduce negative behaviors, increase positive behaviors, and build the child's capacity to succeed socially and academically, in your care, in school, and in life!
  • Have fun learning during an engaging pre-recorded webinar with Raelene Ostberg, Master Trainer and Founder of Thriving Together, LLC.


100% Approved in Minnesota 

*KCF Area I: Child Development & Learning

*Qualifies for CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning

Participants will receive a training certificate (and entry into Develop, if needed) within one business day after attending the full webinar, participating, and filling out the short post-webinar survey.  For training hours, you will need to participate in chats, polls, and a question/answer time as you apply the concepts to your environment.


100% of participants recommend our Thinkific on-demand course format!

Recent Online Participant Comments:

  • "Raelene was super relatable and gave me so many helpful tips and tools!"
  • "I appreciate that the material covered ideas, methods and even examples of how to implement these concepts while working with infants. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with me! I will use this to enhance the care of the children I work with."
  • "Great information provided on this topic, experiences I can relate to in my day to day life with childcare and having my own kids."
  • "Raelene is really knowledgeable and gives concrete advice that can be used and applied immediately in your classroom."
  • “Very informative and convenient since it is online and simple to navigate. We got a lot of information that is extremely useful to parents and educators without the hassle of traveling.”
  • "Useful tools and strategies for creating a calmer environment."
  • "It was exactly what I was looking for to help me deal with some difficult behaviors in my current group."
  • "Uplifting, creates the desire to put into action and watch how it will change the environment."


What do you need to do for training hours?

  To receive training hours, you will

  • Progress through the course in your own time, viewing short video segments from a pre-recorded live webinar presentation with the presenter on the webcam
  • Answer several questions as you provide your insight, reflect on your learning, and apply the idea the concepts to your care environment

AND.... your course is complete!

You will receive your certificate for two training hours and, if you have a Develop account in Minnesota, your information will be entered within one business days!

Participant Testimonials from the Live Webinar!

Learned a lot!

I learned a lot of information that I can take to my in home daycare and teach kids new things! Trying new things is always a plus for me.

Could apply stratagies the next day!

I loved it that the next day in my childcare setting I was able to take back and actually apply what I had learned.

For my childcare AND my own children!

Her class helped to teach me how to be successful and effective in my program! Thank you for passing these skills on so that I can practice them in my daily activities not only with my Childcare, but also with my own children!!!!!

Very applicable!

This information is not only pertinent to early childhood professionals but families too!

Truly enjoyed the class!

I truly enjoyed this class! It was a good pace and I learned a lot. I loved all the videos she shared. They helped bring out the objective of this class.

Dynamic Speaker!

Raelene is such a dynamic presenter. The examples she uses about speaking with children in positive ways makes ME smile and feel good! She really knows her stuff and I'm thrilled to have found her as a trainer!

Your Educator

Early Childhood Specialist

Raelene Ostberg

Raelene Ostberg has dedicated her life to developing and delivering transformative, fun, and inspiring educational opportunities for early childhood educators and the trainers, coaches, and leaders who support them. She presents nationally to thousands of early childhood professionals each year. Participants love Raelene’s energy, enthusiasm, and real-life stories that bring proven strategies to life. Raelene is the Founder of Thriving Together, LLC, an organization dedicated to decreasing stress, enhancing joy, and bolstering the success of early childhood professionals in their critical work. Raelene is also an Achieve Master Trainer, Trainer Mentor, Licensed Parent Educator, Vlogger, and Coach. She obtained a B.A. in Theater and M.Ed. in Family Education from the University of Minnesota.


  • How long is a Course?

    This course is designed to qualify for two training hours and can be easily completed within that time. It includes approximately 1.25 hours of an edited pre-recorded video from an engaging live presentation by Raelene Ostberg, M.Ed. You watch short video segments, provide your insight or thoughts, and write a few short reflections as you apply the information to your early care environment. To gain training hours, Participants must fully complete all answers to the questions and spend a minimum of 90 minutes in the course.

  • My life is CRAZY! Do I really have time to take this online course?

    Absolutely! This entire course contains short video segments, breaking the content into smaller, more manageable lessons (short course, huge potential impact). You can squeeze in a lesson or two when you have time. Many students watch lessons on their tablet or smart phones while on the go. (Doctor's and therapists' waiting rooms are great for this!)

  • How long do I have to complete a course?

    You can complete the course any time between now and December 31, 2022. You can take the course in little bits or do it all at once, as it works for you!

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion?

    YES! Simply complete all course elements and push the “complete” button at the end, and you will have access to your course completion certificate right away. If you have a Develop Account in Minnesota, your attendance will also be entered into Develop within two business days.

  • Are these approved for Parent aware and/or childcare licensing hours in Develop (Minnesota's early childhood training hours system)?

    Yes! All courses we offer have been approved by Develop/MNCPD in Minnesota and for Parent Aware.

  • Are there group rates for centers/groups of staff?

    YES! There are discounts for groups of five or more. Simply write us a note with the course titles and the number of participants, and we will design a proposal just for you!

  • What if the course doesn't work for me?

    We would never want you to be unhappy! If, after completing the course, you aren't 100% satisfied, we will provide a full refund.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Topic

    • Welcome Video!

    • Welcome Survey

    • Course Content Handout: To Download and Print (Optional)

    • Presentation Video 1: Introduction and Objectives

    • Your Takeaway

    • Presentation Video 2: Course Agenda

  • 2

    What are "Executive Functions" and Why do They Matter?

    • View Video: Executive Functions

    • Your Takeaway

    • Presentation Video 3: Overview of Executive Functions and Impulse Control

    • Reflection

    • Presentation Video 4: The Culprits Undermining Self-Control

    • View Video: Marshmallow Test

    • Presentation Video 5: What is Self-Control Really?!

    • Your Takeaway

  • 3

    Four Top Methods to Promote Impulse Control

    • Presentation Video 6: Top Tip 1

    • Reflection

    • Presentation Video 7: Top Tip 2

    • Reflection

    • Presentation Video 8: Top Tip 3

    • Application

    • Presentation Video 9: Top Tip 4

    • Your Takeaway from the Course

  • 4


    • Presentation Video 10: Conclusion

    • Course Survey

    • Final Step in this Course.