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June, 2014

Downtime . . .

Downtime is important for the healthy growth and development of your child. Your child’s brain needs breaks in order to process the incoming flood of new information. Being idle allows the brain to take what it already knows and then think, reflect, and change. Idle time allows the circuitry to develop. Unstructured free time is …Continue reading

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Parenting can be stressful . . .

When your stress level is rising, take just a few minutes for a stress-reduction  break! When you have one minute: Breathe in slowly and pause for a count of three. Exhale. Pause for a count of three. Repeat for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation. When you have …Continue reading

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Co-parenting despite contention . . .

Co-parents are the adults who are part of a parenting team. Functionally, co-parents can include any two or more adults who share the responsibility of raising children, so the arrangement might look like the traditional nuclear family or something different if the co-parents are separated, divorced, or simply living together. Whatever the structure, and whatever …Continue reading

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Stretch out conversations . . .

When you stretch out conversations with your toddler, you give your child an opportunity to connect his or her inner thoughts with the outside world. It’s really simple to stretch out the chatter when you take time to talk about everything under the sun. Conversation starters can be centered around anything you might be doing …Continue reading

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