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June, 2011

An emerging sense of self . . .

As your toddler reaches the age of about eighteen months, he or she will realize that his or her angry “me” and loving “me” are within the same person. During this time, your toddler will also realize that the people he or she trusts and loves can also be the people who make him or …Continue reading

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Emotional competence and play . . .

To be emotionally intelligent, we need to operate a dimmer switch of sorts on our emotions rather than simply turn them on and off. In other words, emotional competence requires an ability to modulate emotions—even strong emotions—safely, respectfully, and directly. Children who develop emotional competence do so in stages: first they act out their emotions, …Continue reading

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Attitude . . .

An attitude, or our state of mind in the moment, is more transient than a belief. Yet this temporary state of mind does affect how we perceive, interpret, and respond in any given situation. Our attitude in the moment shapes how we feel about someone or something, and it influences our behaviors and interactions as …Continue reading

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Effective discipline . . .

If parents want to have an impact on an unacceptable behavior exhibited by a child, it is important to prevent it from happening or interrupt it when it does. Reacting afterward is ineffective, which is why punishment doesn’t work well. If you have a child who has a hard time with transitions, for example, you …Continue reading

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