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January, 2011

Love, affection, respect, and forgiveness . . .

Decades of research reveal that ten essential parenting skills are important for bringing up healthy and happy kids. The skill that tops the list is the skill most parents already know, believe, and try to practice every day. The most important skill and gift is enveloped in the concept of giving lots of love and …Continue reading

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Celebrate logic . . .

You can see signs of your child developing a more complex form of thinking as he or she logically links ideas with the sequences of action in pretend play. Perhaps you will see a stuffed animal have a birthday with a pretend birthday cake and pretend candles that are “blown out” by the stuffed animal. …Continue reading

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The influence of early experiences . . .

Early experiences influence your child’s later life. What your child learns about the world today influences how he or she will interpret new events as well as shape what is learned next. What is learned next then influences the theories developed about the world as your child evolves into adulthood. The adult theories and ideas …Continue reading

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Connecting . . .

Making connections with our children (and others) involves verbal and nonverbal communication. When scientists look at the way the brain functions as we connect with one another, they see that the processing that occurs in the brain’s left hemisphere is connected to the verbal aspects of communicating, while the processing that occurs in the brain’s …Continue reading

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