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February, 2012

Receptivity in relationships . . .

As parents and caregivers, we have the opportunity to help children create an open and receptive state of mind rather than a reactive one. Doing this is important because participating as healthy individuals in healthy relationships requires receptivity. Connecting with another person in a caring way is almost impossible when the nervous system is reactive. …Continue reading

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Wiring for “we” . . .

The brain is more than a single organ inside a single skull. The brain is social and thrives on relationship. As scientists have learned, what happens between brains has a lot to do with what happens within each individual brain. As parents and caretakers, it is important for us to remember the interpersonal nature of …Continue reading

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A reminder . . . take a stress-reduction break . . .

When your stress level is rising, take a break! When you have one minute: Breathe in slowly and pause for a count of three. Exhale. Pause for a count of three. Repeat for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation. When you have two minutes: Count down slowly from …Continue reading

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Helping kids connect images to emotions . . .

Last week we discussed how to connect physical sensations to emotions as one way to help children become more aware of their specific feelings. Being aware of emotions is the first step toward deciding what to do next. Another way to help your kids make connections to their emotions and figure out how to deal …Continue reading

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Connecting physical sensations to emotions . . .

One way to help children develop emotional awareness is connected to their physical sensations. Parents can help their kids learn about this connection between their bodies and their emotions. As kids become more aware of what is going on inside their bodies, they can learn to recognize that butterflies in the stomach may signal a …Continue reading

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