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January, 2014

I’d rather do it myself . . .

Sometimes, with the best of intentions, parents impede their child’s growth by putting themselves in the middle of their child’s problems. It is important to resist the temptation to steal our child’s struggles because we all learn from our mistakes. It is a gift to our children when we let them know they have ability …Continue reading

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Lying . . .

Parents are often concerned when they catch a child willfully trying to be deceptive. If that situation crops up for you, first consider your child’s developmental stage. Preschool children, for example, may not always tell the truth, but this age group cannot always distinguish between what really happened and what they thought or hoped would …Continue reading

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Emotions come and go . . .

As we have discussed before in Parenting Playbook, it is important for children to learn about, understand, and have words for their feelings. It is also important for children to understand that feelings are temporary. This temporary state means that emotions are states of mind rather than ingrained traits. Because the transitory nature of emotions …Continue reading

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Morning routines set the tone for the day . . .

Morning routines can create stress in a family. Time pressures and moods can evolve into an emotional storm, with voices rising and good-bye hugs forgotten. Who wants to start the day like that? As a parent, you can help mornings move along more smoothly by planning, organizing, and also engaging each member of the family. …Continue reading

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