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June, 2013

Follow the leader . . .

Children love it when a parent will play with them, and child-led play builds a strong emotional bond. When children lead parents in play, opioids—the natural chemicals that give us a general sense of well-being—are activated in their brains. Child-led play has been found to reduce levels of stress as well as aggressive behavior. Such …Continue reading

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Early years set the stage for stress management . . .

Children can be, and most often are, quite resilient. That does not mean they are immune to stress, however, or to its resulting responses in the brain and body. In fact, children are highly vulnerable to stress during the first few years of life. As a parent, you can help your children learn how to …Continue reading

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To discipline effectively, know your child . . .

Knowing your child while he or she is growing is important as you practice parenting. Each child is his or her own little being, and each child will go through developmental stages differently. Effectively providing discipline will be easier if you keep this in mind. For example, toddlers throw tantrums and refuse to share toys, …Continue reading

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Listen to strong feelings . . .

Your child will have strong (strong!) feelings from time to time, and strong feelings will get in the way of problem solving if no one is there to listen and help name the feelings. Think about a time you were very upset. Did it help when (or would it have helped if) someone started asking …Continue reading

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