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December, 2012

Support . . .

Most parents tell their children, “Talk to us if you are upset or have a problem.” Yet sometimes that statement can be more accurately translated as, “Talk to us if you are upset or have a problem, when it is convenient for us.” A child can find it hard to believe that sincere support is …Continue reading

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Cultivating patience . . .

Patience refers to our ability to accept or tolerate delays, troubles, inconveniences, or distress without getting angry or upset. As any parent knows, parenting provides an opportunity to examine the meaning of patience on a daily basis. Though it is true that some people are more naturally inclined toward patience than others, it is also …Continue reading

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Take a stress-reduction break . . .

Just a reminder . . . 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 …Continue reading

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Parent with a light heart . . .

When parents discipline with a light heart and a sense of humor, three important things happen: first, our feelings as parents can be managed in a positive and constructive way; second, we model for our children how to handle their emotions in an effective and constructive way; and third, we teach our children parenting skills …Continue reading

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