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April, 2015

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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We all need breaks in our day . . .

Imagine our ancestors moving to the rhythm of the seasons and the sunrise and sunset of each day. Though life for them was tough in some ways, they did have more downtime. Our bodies and minds evolved accustomed to taking some breaks. Now we are in the twenty-first century. Most people—perhaps particularly parents—are on the …Continue reading

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Celebrate logic . . .

You can see signs of your child developing a more complex form of thinking as he or she logically links ideas with the sequences of action in pretend play. Perhaps you will see a stuffed animal have a birthday with a pretend birthday cake and pretend candles that are “blown out” by the stuffed animal. …Continue reading

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Putting emotions on the shelf . . .

Thinking clearly is a lot easier if we have a way to keep our emotions in check. Some researchers refer to this as “separation of affect.” This ability to detach from emotions caused by frustration is a skill that allows people to think through solutions to problems more objectively and rationally. Putting emotions on the …Continue reading

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Follow the leader . . .

Children love it when a parent will play with them, and child-led play builds a strong emotional bond. When children lead parents in play, opioids—the natural chemicals that give us a general sense of well-being—are activated in their brains. Child-led play has been found to reduce levels of stress as well as aggressive behavior. Such …Continue reading

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