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July, 2010

Staying connected while setting limits . . .

The key to setting limits and staying connected to your child relates to emotions. Tuning in to your child’s emotional state is important if you are going to set a limit that is in conflict with your child’s wishes and desires. Empathize first. Reflect her feeling about her desire back to her and then follow …Continue reading

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Learning to be fair . . .

Children are often given opportunities to learn and develop beliefs about how to fairly divide material goods. Concerns can surface and debates grow loud over what size allowance siblings of different ages should receive and who gets to play longer with their friends in the neighborhood, sit in the front seat of the car, or …Continue reading

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Entering a wider world of ideas together . . .

When your toddler can use words to express herself during playtime, a new dimension begins in your relationship because you are both speaking the same language. At times, however, knowing everything that is on your toddler’s mind may feel uncomfortable. For example, some parents are delighted with the barrage of questions a two-and-a-half-year-old can ask. …Continue reading

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The brain and body working together . . .

Your preschooler is learning like a sponge soaking up water. She is learning to use her senses, move her body, regulate her behavior, and engage you in conversations. When she learns while combining more than one of these activities, her nervous system gets a better workout. Preschoolers do well to have several ten- to fifteen-minute …Continue reading

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