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October, 2014

Internal conversations . . .

Self-talk is powerful because having conversations with ourselves—even silently—links thought, language, and action. Self-talk is really like a delay switch to action allowing us to think things through. Children are great teachers for showing us how language can guide actions. In fact, several studies have shown that children who talk out loud as they give …Continue reading

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Be active in nurturing your child’s interest in lifelong learning . . .

Neuroscience has confirmed what would seem sensible on a gut level: that environmental factors influence the prenatal and postnatal brain. Since this is so, the question becomes, how can we create conditions that foster healthy children and their developing brains in a way that invites a love for learning? Here are some thoughts to answer …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

All parents experience times when their children exhibit challenging behaviors. Understanding the causes behind those challenging behaviors can help. If we make the mistake of looking only at children’s behavior rather than their level of distress and needs, we miss an opportunity to really understand and connect with them and to ease their difficulty. During …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

When your child is being difficult, she is not trying to be a little bundle of naughtiness. Your child is simply a little person with complex emotional, psychological, and physiological needs. Last week we started discussing the feeling, relationship, and physical needs that feed into difficult behaviors. In the discussion last week, we covered the …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

Your child has emotional, relationship, and physical needs that feed into behaviors, so when your child is being naughty, it is important to think about what is causing the behavior. Ask yourself, “Why is this behavior occurring now?” As a parent, if you can figure out why your child is behaving in a particular way, …Continue reading

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