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June, 2010

Describing feelings . . .

Your preschooler’s ability to describe a variety of feelings is one sign of emotional thinking. A year ago your child may have acted out angry feelings through aggressive behaviors, but more recently you may be noticing that he or she expresses ideas about anger through pretend play. For example, two favorite stuffed animals may have …Continue reading

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Father’s warmth . . .

Cross-cultural research indicates that a father’s warmth plays an important part in a child’s long-term healthy development. Expressions of love and nurturance—such as verbal expressions of love, hugging, cuddling, comforting, praising, and playing—predicted healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development in children. In one study, fathers who joined their toddler’s initiated play by adapting their play …Continue reading

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Playful innovation . . .

Play is a wonderful way to learn, and one of the ways children learn major motor skills is through repetitive play. The first time a child makes his or her way up and down a set of stairs leads to a second and third time. Practice makes perfect. After mastering a skill through repetitive play, …Continue reading

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Food for parents . . .

Eating a nutritious diet is important for parents because certain foods produce key chemicals that influence emotions. Developing a habit of eating regularly and healthfully will help you control your mood and your sense of well-being, making it easier to do the hard job of parenting. Emotional chemicals work cooperatively, so if one chemical is …Continue reading

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Bullying is a big deal . . .

Bullying is a big problem. It affects millions of kids—including victims, the bullies, and bystanders—and can have long-term damaging effects on the brain. Bullying is an issue to be taken seriously by parents, teachers, and caregivers. Some bullies use physical aggression as their form of attack. Others use emotional abuse and verbal insults to keep …Continue reading

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