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August, 2013

Sibling rivalry . . .

Every child, even an only child, has the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that are commonly associated with the catchphrase “sibling rivalry.” If you look underneath the conflicts that go along with sibling rivalry, you will usually find questions: Am I truly and absolutely loved? Am I wanted? What is special about me? Do I have …Continue reading

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Family rules about fighting . . .

Having clear family rules about fighting that hurts is important. A good place to set these rules is at a family meeting. Family meetings model communication with words, not fists. Working out problems through talking rather than physical fighting is supported by brain research that indicates if we can learn to put very strong feelings …Continue reading

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Preschool . . .

Preschool is one way to gently introduce children to a school setting. When school is viewed as inviting and tempting, a love of learning is more likely to develop. Preschool is appropriately a time for children to explore, feed their curiosity, take initiative, and build a sense of competence and self-esteem. It is not the …Continue reading

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Stress sets off an alarm for all of us . . . including babies.

Children can be, and most often are, quite resilient. That does not mean they are immune to stress, however, or to the 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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