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May, 2015

Three quick stress reduction breaks . . .

Transitions are in the air, so in case you need to take a stress-reduction break, here are three ideas: When you have one minute: Breathe in slowly and pause for a count of three. Exhale. Pause for a count of three. Repeat for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and …Continue reading

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Receptivity in relationships . . .

As parents and caregivers, we have the opportunity to help children create an open and receptive state of mind rather than a reactive one. Doing this is important because participating as healthy individuals in healthy relationships requires receptivity. Connecting with another person in a caring way is almost impossible when the nervous system is reactive. …Continue reading

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Entering a wider world of ideas together . . .

When your toddler can use words to express herself during playtime, a new dimension begins in your relationship because you are both speaking the same language. At times, however, knowing everything that is on your toddler’s mind may feel uncomfortable. For example, some parents are delighted with the barrage of questions a two-and-a-half-year-old can ask. …Continue reading

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Physical play . . .

Adults can easily forget that kids learn a lot through physical play. Physical play might involve roughhousing, wrestling, climbing, swinging, and running around. All children need this kind of play, and participating in it is one of the ways kids can learn to solve problems. Take self-soothing as an example. When children have a hard …Continue reading

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