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November, 2011

Connect and redirect . . .

Remember “connect and redirect”? Connect to the emotion your child is feeling, and then redirect your child in a way that helps him or her tap a developing ability to think rationally. Connect and redirect is a very helpful strategy for many of those delicate moments you experience as a parent. For example, let’s say …Continue reading

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Gratitude revisited . . .

November seems like a good month to review what is known about giving thanks. Having a sense of gratitude feels good, and research psychologists are finding that the pleasant emotion of gratitude and its expression result in higher levels of happiness, vitality, optimism, and hope. All of these lead to greater satisfaction with life. People …Continue reading

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Making decisions . . .

It can be tempting to make decisions for our kids so they do the right thing, but it is important to let them make decisions for themselves so they get a chance to practice. During the decision-making process, the thinking brain weighs different, competing alternatives as well as the outcomes from those possible choices. You …Continue reading

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Good social skills and reading . . .

Learning, practicing, and acquiring good social skills is an important process. Good social skills include having the ability to grasp another person’s perspective, to create mental models of others, and to understand that the beliefs and intentions of different people may be unlike our own. These skills are referred to as “theory of mind,” and …Continue reading

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Frazzled . . .

As a parent, you will have times when you feel a bit frazzled or on edge. You may notice that your children are getting on your nerves, or you might feel like exploding at something you would normally take in stride. When you recognize in yourself the signs of stress or mood changes—and the brain …Continue reading

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