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September, 2012

The brain’s story about discipline words . . .

Disciplining is more than managing behavior. Disciplining your child involves teaching. Through discipline, you shape your child’s social, emotional, and moral intelligence. The words you choose when you discipline either activate the higher thinking brain or trigger the lower brain.   The thinking part of the brain taps the processes of problem solving, reasoning, reflection, self-awareness, …Continue reading

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Speak with care . . .

Words can hurt. In fact, words—along with the tone of voice that delivers them—can do real damage. Just think about comments that have been directed your way over the years. Comments of criticism, shame, rejection, anger, or mockery have an impact on our feelings, hopes, ambitions, and sense of self. Because parents are so important …Continue reading

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Hungry for something other than food . . .

As emotional beings, we all need more than food and water to feel satisfied and healthy. Eric Berne, a psychologist, first coined the term “psychological hungers.” Three of the psychological hungers he first identified were stimulation, recognition, and structure. Berne found that if one or more of these hungers was unsatisfied, people became off balance …Continue reading

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Touching base . . .

Have you ever noticed how kids run around freely for a period of time and then suddenly stop by to sit on their mom or dad’s lap . . . or lean on them . . . or “touch base” in some way? They may stop by for seconds or minutes, and then they are …Continue reading

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