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January, 2015

The science behind play . . .

Play is fun and important. Play allows children to try on new roles, rehearse new skills, and learn about their personal capabilities and limitations. It encourages children to learn social rules and the difference between fantasy and reality. Play is also one way children learn to communicate. While your child is playing, he or she …Continue reading

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Help kids learn to do something about stress . . .

As a parent, you can’t prevent stressful events from entering your child’s life. You can, however, teach your child what to do to control reactions to stress. Here are a few quick tips that you can teach your child to use in the face of stressful situations. Talk it out with someone who offers love …Continue reading

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Shifting gears . . .

When children and parents spend time apart during the day, adjustments are necessary when reconnection takes place. This reentry into each others’ lives can create some missteps because everyone is full of feelings remaining from their time apart. Everyone also has slightly different expectations about what will happen when they gather together again. Parents may …Continue reading

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Learning to be fair . . .

Children are often given opportunities to learn and develop beliefs about how to fairly divide material goods. Concerns can surface and debates grow loud over what size allowance siblings of different ages should receive and who gets to play longer with their friends in the neighborhood, sit in the front seat of the car, or …Continue reading

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