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April, 2011

The power in confidence . . .

Power is a human attribute that comes in a number of forms. Confidence is a kind of power that if pinpointed on a negative-positive spectrum would tip toward the positive end. Examples of confidence include standing up for what is right, a willingness to be safely adventurous, attunement to an inner strength, striving persistently to …Continue reading

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Teaching self-control . . .

Self-control is an important attribute in our ability to manage life. This may be particularly true in our current culture, with temptations constantly being put in front of our faces. Businesses spend a lot of money to get us to act impulsively, and any store you enter wants you to leave with something in your …Continue reading

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Play with anxiety . . .

Children learn to manage anxiety through play. In the safe space of play, children can suspend the rules and restrictions of reality. When a child plays, he or she has the option of becoming the master rather than being the subject. A child can make decisions during play rather than abide by an adult’s decisions. …Continue reading

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The brain of a bully . . .

The stress-response systems in a child’s brain are largely influenced by the type of parenting a child receives. If a parent’s form of discipline relies on criticism and commands, the rage or fear systems in a child’s brain can become oversensitive and overreactive. The end result of this sort of discipline is a child who …Continue reading

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