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February, 2015

Tune into your tone . . .

Words are powerful. Words can build up or break down your child’s confidence, shape her identity, and affect her emotions. And words are never just words. Words are voiced with tone and volume. When you speak to your child, the tone and volume of your voice are critically important. Children tune into your emotional tone …Continue reading

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Tall tales or lying . . .

Tall tales and lying are two different things. Tall tales are stories that a child makes up or true stories that he or she exaggerates. Lying, on the other hand, is a willful attempt to deceive as a way to get positive results or avoid negative consequences. Preschool children may not always tell the truth, …Continue reading

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Impart good judgment . . .

If we can instill good judgment in children, they will be more likely to make healthy choices when we are not around. Simply getting them to be obedient lasts only as long as we are in the room because it doesn’t help them understand what to do in new, novel situations. We can’t realistically expect …Continue reading

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Reproducing patterns . . .

If you have a child who has reached toddlerhood, it won’t be long before she puts your hat on her head, grabs your purse, prances around with a grin, and waits for your captivated laughter. Your toddler has recognized and is imitating a grown-up pattern of behavior, and she knows that she will receive pleasure …Continue reading

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