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November, 2008

Temper tantrums . . .

Temper tantrums are the expression of intense emotional storms. Because they are so intense, temper tantrums can be frightening to the child experiencing the storm and overwhelming for a parent. To avoid the whole situation turning into a matter of who “wins,” it is important for the mom, dad, and other adults to remain calm …Continue reading

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Temperament . . .

Temperament is a term referring to a genetic foundation for individual differences in personality.   The overall stability of temperament, however, is actually low in infancy and toddlerhood and only moderate from preschool age on up. This means that children’s temperaments often change with age, and the child’s environment has a powerful influence on his or …Continue reading

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Family meetings . . .

Family meetings are a great way to promote constructive communication skills. During family meetings, everyone in the family can learn what each individual family member thinks and feels about a particular situation or issue. Family meetings promote the practice of problem-solving skills, and all members of the family have a chance to talk as well …Continue reading

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The “greeting card” family . . .

The holiday season is around the corner, and it is often during this time that one personality trait stands out—perfectionism. The holidays are the time of year that seems to bring out the desire for everything to be “perfect”—creating the perfect meal, planning the perfect family gathering, buying the perfect gift, raising and displaying the …Continue reading

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