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February, 2013

Bullying is a big deal . . .

Bullying is a big problem. It affects millions of kids—including victims, the bullies, and bystanders—and can have long-term damaging effects on the brain. Bullying is an issue to be taken seriously by parents, teachers, and caregivers. Some bullies use physical aggression as their form of attack. Others use emotional abuse and verbal insults to keep …Continue reading

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Let’s be realistic . . .

In reality, all parents lose their patience from time to time. As long as a child is not frightened when this happens, an angry response is unlikely to cause adverse long-term effects on the development of a child’s social and emotional brain. Most likely, when a parent loses patience, a break in the close relational …Continue reading

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It may be your child can’t rather than won’t . . .

Children differ in their rate of development of self-regulation. Because of this difference, it can seem that some children won’t follow instructions when in every other way they seem perfectly capable of taking direction and completing tasks. Children can even seem disrespectful or lazy—but in fact their executive functions simply are not “online.” The situation …Continue reading

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Loving sensory messages . . .

Everyone understands their world through the five senses. When we give our children supportive messages through all of their senses, we communicate our unconditional love more fully. Using eye contact and smiles to send positive messages communicates good feelings. Eye contact actually magnifies the emotions we are expressing. If we look directly at children when …Continue reading

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