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May, 2009

Tall tales or lying . . .

Tall tales and lying are two different things. Tall tales are stories that a child makes up or true stories that he or she exaggerates. Lying, on the other hand, is a willful attempt to deceive as a way to get positive results or avoid negative consequences. Preschool children may not always tell the truth, …Continue reading

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Help bullyproof your child . . .

As parents, you can help protect your child both from becoming a bully and being bullied by others by nurturing your child’s self-defenses. You do this by helping your child develop emotional strength, empathy, and friendship skills. At home, give lots of praise rather than criticism. A child living with lots of criticism can start …Continue reading

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The foundation of a child’s self-esteem . . .

Infants are capable of wonderful conversations through touch and eye contact. When an infant begins to engage actively with the eyes as you hold him or her, the mutual gaze is a conversation with your child. In fact, the ability to light you up in this process is the basis of your infant’s sense of …Continue reading

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Recognize when you are frazzled . . .

As a parent, it takes some awareness to recognize when you feel emotionally low and need to refuel with the company of other adults. Because children count on grown-ups to provide emotional regulation for them as they learn to manage their feelings, this regulation is one way from parent to child. Continual emotional giving—which is …Continue reading

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