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February, 2014

How to manage waiting with young children . . .

We all have to wait from time to time—in supermarket lines and traffic, at restaurants and doctors’ offices—and sometimes we must wait with our children. Successfully managing waiting time with a young child starts with adjusting everyone’s expectations—yours and your child’s. For example, you know that a trip to the grocery store with your young …Continue reading

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The brain and body working together . . .

Your preschooler is learning like a sponge soaking up water. She is learning to use her senses, move her body, regulate her behavior, and engage you in conversations. When she learns while combining more than one of these activities, her nervous system gets a better workout. Preschoolers do well to have several ten- to fifteen-minute …Continue reading

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A reminder to look after you . . .

Parenting is a stressful job. To be a calm, loving, empathetic parent, you need to make time to take good care of yourself. Recharging your emotional battery is required when your job includes broken sleep patterns and tests of patience. If you keep going without a break, you can end up feeling chronically stressed and …Continue reading

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Bullying is a big deal . . .

Bullying is a big problem. It affects millions of kids—including victims, the bullies, and bystanders—and can have long-term damaging effects on the brain. Bullying is an issue to be taken seriously by parents, teachers, and caregivers. Some bullies use physical aggression as their form of attack. Others use emotional abuse and verbal insults to keep …Continue reading

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