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September, 2015

Touching base . . .

Have you ever noticed how kids run around freely for a period of time and then suddenly stop by to sit on their mom or dad’s lap . . . or lean on them . . . or “touch base” in some way? They may stop by for seconds or minutes, and then they are …Continue reading

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Perspective taking in middle childhood . . .

Middle childhood typically arrives with major advances in the ability to take another person’s perspective. Children in this age group (about six to eleven years) have the capacity to imagine what someone else might be thinking and feeling. Over time, children come to realize that two people can interpret the same event differently. As youthful …Continue reading

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Looking after you . . .

Parenting is a stressful job. To be a calm, loving, empathetic parent, you need to make time to take good care of yourself. Recharging your emotional battery is required when your job includes broken sleep patterns and tests of patience. If you keep going without a break, you can end up feeling chronically stressed and …Continue reading

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First friendships . . .

First friendships play an important role in the social and emotional development of your child. Typically, these first friendships are formed through interactions in preschool and kindergarten. Most children aged four to seven understand that a friend is someone with whom you enjoy playing. They can tell you a friend is someone “who likes you.” …Continue reading

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