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October, 2011

Emotional self-regulation

The regulation of emotions is one of many developmental processes that children go through. It is interesting to watch children use new strategies as they learn to control their emotions. Language is one of the contributors to improved emotional self-regulation. As children reach the age of three or four, they can control how they express …Continue reading

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Right, then left . . . down, then up . . .

Last week we discussed how understanding the development of the right and left sides of the brain could be beneficial in making choices as a parent. This week, we will discuss the vertical aspect. The lower areas of the brain include the brain stem and the limbic region. These lower areas are responsible for basic …Continue reading

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Connect with the right side . . .

The brain, as you probably already know, has two hemispheres. The strength and function of the left side of the brain is organization. The left side is logical and literal, and the left side likes words and putting things in a sequence. The right side of the brain is focused on the big picture, and …Continue reading

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Important learning . . .

Why not learn to manage stress effectively? Then we—parents and other adults—can teach and model stress management to and for our children. Managing stress is something we do every day, yet learning to manage it well is omitted from the more formal training we all receive in other areas of our lives, such as training …Continue reading

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