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January, 2009

The brain’s story about discipline words . . .

Disciplining is more than managing behavior. Disciplining your child involves teaching. Through discipline, you will develop your child’s social, emotional, and moral intelligence. The words you choose when you discipline can either activate the higher thinking brain or trigger the lower brain in a reaction to feelings of threat and attack. Words do matter. “Thinking …Continue reading

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Looking after you . . .

Parenting is a stressful job. To be a calm, loving, empathetic parent, you need to make time to take good care of yourself. Recharging your emotional battery is required when your job includes broken sleep patterns and tests of patience. If you keep going without a break, you can end up feeling chronically stressed and …Continue reading

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The whys of whining . . .

Whining, that fussy tone of voice between talking and crying, is commonly heard from toddlers, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a spoiled child. Often, children whine when they can’t truly express their feelings. You are most likely to hear whining when something in your child’s world has gone awry. Anxiety, hunger for food, …Continue reading

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The social-emotional connection . . .

Social experience plays a part in the development of emotional understanding. In fact, preschoolers whose parents explicitly teach them about diverse emotions and frequently acknowledge their children’s emotional reactions calmly and with care are better able to judge the emotions of others later in life. Studies show that discussions within the family over disagreements are …Continue reading

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