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November, 2014

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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Parent with a light heart . . .

When parents discipline with a light heart and a sense of humor, three important things happen: first, our feelings as parents can be managed in a positive and constructive way; second, we model for our children how to handle their emotions in an effective and constructive way; and third, we teach our children parenting skills …Continue reading

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Feeling storms . . .

You are probably aware that your infant is born with an unfinished brain, and particularly so in the higher, thinking brain. As a parent, this is important to remember. There will be times when your child’s emotional brain, the lower brain, will overwhelm your infant. Primitive impulses will be expressed through bursts of distress exhibited …Continue reading

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Listening . . .

A nurturing relationship involves open, honest communication, and that kind of communication involves listening as well as talking. We need to listen to our children. When we listen, really listen, we show our children that we respect them and that we care about their thoughts and feelings. By carefully listening, we “tell” them that they …Continue reading

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