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August, 2011

Important conversations . . .

When parents have conversations with their children, it is important for them to reflect on what may be going on in the minds of those involved. Conversations that include attention to mental processes respect each person’s subjective reality. If mental processes are left out of the conversation and only behaviors are addressed, children miss an …Continue reading

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A new school year . . .

It’s that time of year again—the beginning of a new school year. Whether this is your child’s first school experience or he or she is starting sixth grade, the new school term will present new challenges. As a parent, you can help make the transition back into the school experience easier on your children. Here …Continue reading

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Dependence and independence . . .

It can be exasperating for parents when children are able to do something independently—such as get dressed, take a shower, or do chores without reminders—yet they don’t. There is a reason for this. As children take steps toward independence, they need to balance independence and their new accomplishments that go along with it with dependence …Continue reading

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Active listening . . .

Really listening is active. When you, the parent, really listen to what your child is trying to tell you, it’s important to let him or her know that you are willing to listen and want to understand. It is important to try to sum up what you think your child is saying and how he …Continue reading

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