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June, 2015

Family meetings . . .

Family meetings are a great way to promote constructive communication skills. During family meetings, everyone in the family can learn what each individual family member thinks and feels about a particular situation or issue. Family meetings promote the practice of problem-solving skills, and all members of the family have a chance to talk as well …Continue reading

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Children need to move . . .

Your child may seem unable to sit still, but there is a reason for it. The brain wiring needed to curb his or her restless impulses is not yet developed. That’s why children need room to roam, a change of scene, or a novel toy—all of which activate the calming chemical dopamine in the frontal …Continue reading

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Manageable versus excessive amounts of anxiety . . .

Experiencing manageable amounts of anxiety can help a child build coping resources. Excessive amounts of anxiety are another story. When toddlers are routinely exposed to excessive amounts of anxiety, they cannot learn from the stressful situations or tune in to their feelings. When feelings of anxiety overpower a toddler, experimentation, play, and humor are no …Continue reading

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State your expectations clearly . . .

Children are much more likely to follow through on your expectations when your requests are stated clearly. Actually, we all are more likely to follow through on expectations that are clearly stated. Here are some thoughts about being clear: Watch your timing. Most of our expectations and directives are not emergencies, so it is important …Continue reading

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