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January, 2013

Technology . . .

The benefits we receive from the technology that has become part of our lives are definitely many. Yet, if we are not mindful, our children can spend the majority of their time relating to their world by way of machines. In some cases, children spend more time in another “reality” than they do in the …Continue reading

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Floor time . . .

“Floor time” does not have to occur on the floor. Floor time simply refers to time spent interacting with your child on his or her own turf, where your child’s interests, resourcefulness, and thoughts are considered. When you play on a level that is eye to eye, which is often on the floor, you generate …Continue reading

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Taking time to evaluate commitments . . .

If you find yourself too often thinking or saying to your children, “Hurry up! We are running out of time!” it may be time to make some time to evaluate commitments. Otherwise, it is too easy to slip into a mode of continual acceleration and nonstop doing, resulting in time pressures on the family. Stepping …Continue reading

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Time . . .

Falling into the feeling that there just isn’t enough time in twenty-four hours is easy, and this attitude may be particularly true for parents who are managing multiple schedules. Whether we feel pressed for time or driven by a lack of time, we can find ourselves saying, “Hurry up! We are running out of time!” …Continue reading

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Motivated behavior . . .

Our brains are designed to seek pleasure and steer clear of displeasure, so it could be argued that there is no such thing as unmotivated behavior. One thing that gives children great pleasure is getting attention from their parents. That is why our paying attention to children’s good behavior and rewarding it results in more …Continue reading

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