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July, 2009

Frustration temptations . . .

Parenting has its share of frustrations, and sometimes the appropriate thing to do in response is not apparent. Frustration, impatience, confusion, and anger are all expected emotions during the parenting process—yet they are not excuses for copping out, threatening, or playing on your child’s fears. Have you ever said “Just wait until your father [or …Continue reading

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Be active in nurturing your child’s interest in lifelong learning . . .

Neuroscience has confirmed what would seem sensible on a gut level: that environmental factors influence the prenatal and postnatal brain. Since this is so, the question becomes, how can we create conditions that foster healthy children and their developing brains in a way that invites a love for learning? Here are some thoughts to answer …Continue reading

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Taking the middle ground with tantrums . . .

Children’s temper tantrums seem to invite one of two responses: caving in or never budging—neither of which leads children to becoming tantrum-less. In the case of caving in, the problem may not actually be the tantrum. It may more likely be a habit of saying “no” simply because it is more convenient to say “no.” …Continue reading

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Needing contact or only wanting attention . . .

At times, a child’s challenging behaviors are fueled by his or her need for emotional contact with you, rather than a desire for attention. The need for emotional contact is genetically programmed, so if a child feels that connection is lost, he or she may act provocatively in an attempt to reconnect. Of course, children …Continue reading

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Impart good judgment . . .

If we can instill good judgment in children, they will be more likely to make healthy choices when we are not around. Simply getting them to be obedient lasts only as long as we are in the room because it doesn’t help them understand what to do in new, novel situations. We can’t realistically expect …Continue reading

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