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February, 2009

First friendships . . .

First friendships play an important role in the social and emotional development of your child. Typically, these first friendships are formed through interactions in preschool and kindergarten. Most children aged four to seven understand that a friend is someone with whom you enjoy playing. They can tell you a friend is someone “who likes you.” …Continue reading

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Let’s be realistic . . .

In reality, all parents lose their patience from time to time. As long as a child is not frightened when this happens, an angry response is unlikely to cause adverse long-term effects on the development of a child’s social and emotional brain. Most likely, when a parent loses patience, a break in the close relational …Continue reading

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Anxiety . . .

Anxiety is fear that is stuck. Physically, it seems to uncomfortably occupy the throat, chest, or gut. All sorts of things can make children anxious: a change of schools, a change of grade in a school, a new teacher, a friend moving, a friend mad, divorce, and death to name a few.   Anxiety in children …Continue reading

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Aggressive play . . .

It can be hard to understand aggressive play: things like teasing, pretend fighting, mimicking of superheroes, pointing toy or pretend guns, horsing around in a rough-and-tumble way, and dramatizing battles for dominance and power. It can sometimes be difficult to tell play fighting and real fighting apart. Play fighting and real fighting, though, each have …Continue reading

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