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May, 2012

Nonverbal communication

Our relationships with others affect nearly all aspects of our lives. When people have good social skills—and the strong interpersonal relationships that follow—they feel good about themselves, are more productive, experience greater job satisfaction, and are physically healthier than those who have not learned how to be socially skillful. All in all, good social skills …Continue reading

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Lying . . .

Parents are often concerned when they catch a child willfully trying to be deceptive. If that situation crops up for you, first consider your child’s developmental stage. Preschool children, for example, may not always tell the truth, but this age group cannot always distinguish between what really happened and what they thought or hoped would …Continue reading

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Power and control . . .

How to separate a parent’s need for power from the needs of children is an important thing to think about. In many situations a parent should be in charge. For example, parents need to be in control when safety is a concern, such as when a child might run into the street. But there are …Continue reading

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Discipline for connection . . .

Disciplining your son or daughter can actually be an opportunity for enhancing your connection with your child. Discipline is something you and your child can do together. Punishment, on the other hand, is something adults do to children. Punishment creates disconnection. If a child is “misbehaving,” the behavior is often the result of the child …Continue reading

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Physical play . . .

Adults can easily forget that kids learn a lot through physical play. Physical play might involve roughhousing, wrestling, climbing, swinging, and running around. All children need this kind of play, and participating in it is one of the ways kids can learn to solve problems. Take self-soothing as an example. When children have a hard …Continue reading

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