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March, 2012

Aggressive themes . . .

The appearance of aggressive themes in the pretend play and conversation of three- and four-year-olds can be a sign of developmental progress. As parents, we want our children to be appropriately assertive and independent, so we do want to foster the feelings that can fuel assertiveness—but at the same time control aggression, such as hitting …Continue reading

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Keeping it together . . .

In the best of circumstances, parents sincerely love their children, want them to be happy, and want to parent them in the most nurturing way. Most parents would also admit that the complexity of the parent-child relationship sometimes triggers a reaction rather than a response. For example, a parent might admit, “I don’t want to …Continue reading

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Developing social skills . . .

Effective social behavior is fundamental to living life. Caring about others, getting involved with others, recognizing friendship, and appreciating intimacy are important parts of our lives. We need connection with other humans, and social activity is foundational to health and happiness. Many different parts of the brain are involved in social interactions. We need attention, …Continue reading

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The energetic toddler . . .

As a parent, you may experience times when an energetic child ruffles your feathers. If you have an active toddler, try to remember that busy toddlers are just as eager to please as toddlers who aren’t quite as “bouncy.” Their heart-felt desire is to connect with you. Lively toddlers simply have a strong urge to …Continue reading

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