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April, 2013

Temperament as the “how” of behavior . . .

When we try to describe a child’s temperament, we are inclined to look at the “how” of behaviors—how intense, moody, adaptable, and predictable the child tends to be. Because temperament is about tendencies, temperament is malleable to some degree, and parents play a part in developing the “how” of a child’s behavior over time. In …Continue reading

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Children’s reactions to stress . . .

Every child experiences stress in a variety of forms. As your child grows and develops, predictable types of stress might include being afraid of the dark, transitions inherent in going to school, peer pressure, and struggling with how to fit in. When ordinary stress becomes too much, children feel distress. You can frequently tell that …Continue reading

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Preparing children for the world . . .

When thinking about how to best prepare our children for the big wide world out there, developing resilience comes to mind. We hope our kids can feel secure and confident as they learn the skills they will need to cope with everyday challenges, disappointments, adversity, and trauma. One way to consider preparing our little miracles …Continue reading

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Expectations . . .

Expectations are wily. They can sneak in and influence our perspectives and behaviors without surfacing in our awareness. Because expectations can be either positive and useful or limiting and distressful, it can be helpful to give some consideration to the expectations we have for our children. How can we reflect on some of the potential …Continue reading

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