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July, 2013

The importance of integration . . .

As parents, we become expert about a child’s body. For example, we know that a fever occurs when our child’s body temperature is above 98.6 degrees, and we know to clean a cut he or she has suffered to avoid infection. It is also important for parents to understand some basic information about a child’s …Continue reading

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Language development . . .

Research findings suggest that the quality of conversations we have with our children make a strong case for putting down our cell phones. To learn more about children’s language development, researchers attached small digital recorders to a group of children as a way to create a history of the language each child heard and produced. …Continue reading

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Unexamined memories . . .

Implicit memories—our memories that are not on a conscious level—cause us to form expectations about how the world works. These expectations are based on our previous experiences, and it is important for parents to examine how subconscious memories of past experiences influence the present. Unexamined memories can be a special concern as parents care for …Continue reading

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Choose your battles . . .

Parents do need to set limits, and the hard part about doing this is deciding which lines to draw. Your personal values and attitudes will guide you, and it will also be helpful to remember to set your boundaries wide and then enforce them while keeping your child’s age and stage of development in mind. …Continue reading

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Fear . . .

Fear is a basic human emotion. We have all felt fearful at some time. Fear is even necessary for survival. So, when we are helping our children deal with their feelings of fear, we want them to develop courage. How can parents help young children look at and release fears? One of the best ways …Continue reading

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