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November, 2013

Offering praise . . .

If you have a child who finds it easy to do lots of things, from tossing a ball to writing his or her name, it will be easy for your child to figure out how to accomplish tasks worthy of your praise. This child will learn and become aware of the kind and warm feelings …Continue reading

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Teach and model gratitude . . .

Not only does a sense of gratitude feel good, research shows that this pleasant emotion and its expression result in higher levels of happiness, vitality, optimism, and hope. According to those interested in studying gratitude and its effects, people who consciously experience appreciation also derive physical health benefits. The result? All of these positives related …Continue reading

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Perspective taking in middle childhood . . .

Middle childhood typically arrives with major advances in the ability to take another person’s perspective. Children in this age group (about six to eleven years) have the capacity to imagine what someone else might be thinking and feeling. Over time, children come to realize that two people can interpret the same event differently. As youthful …Continue reading

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Putting emotions on the shelf . . .

Thinking clearly is a lot easier if we have a way to keep our emotions in check. Some researchers refer to this as “separation of affect.” This ability to detach from emotions caused by frustration is a skill that allows people to think through solutions to problems more objectively and rationally. Putting emotions on the …Continue reading

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