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August, 2012

Rethink discipline . . .

When all is going smoothly—meaning the children are happy and the parents are too—it seems easy to be respectful. When kids are doing something they aren’t supposed to be doing, such as pulling on the dog’s tail, knocking over a sibling’s tower of blocks, or avoiding homework, it’s not as easy to feel respect toward …Continue reading

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More on making sense of behavior . . .

How we all make sense of things and create meaning from our experiences depends on our state of mind. As parents, our state of mind importantly affects how we create the meanings tied to the behaviors exhibited by our children. Specifically, it’s important to notice whether your parenting state of mind is open, defensive, or …Continue reading

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Making good sense of behaviors . . .

As a parent, you may have found yourself feeling frustrated and angry about something you thought your child did only to find out later that it wasn’t his or her doing. A significant other may have been the person who tracked mud across the freshly cleaned kitchen floor or carpet, for example. Parents can also …Continue reading

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Empathy and sympathy . . .

Empathy—feeling what another person might feel—is an emotional capacity more common in early childhood than during the preceding toddler years. Empathy is one of the important motivators of healthy social behavior that leads to sympathetic responses of concern and care for others. In some children, however, empathy does not lead to acts of kindness and …Continue reading

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Are you frazzled?

One of the most important skills you can develop as a parent is recognizing when you are frazzled. When you realize that you are at the end of your rope, it is time to be with some emotionally replenishing people. Adult company is very important for maintaining balance and feeling calm and in control. The …Continue reading

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