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October, 2015

Kids, exercise, and brain power . . .

The evidence for including physical activity in a school’s curriculum is accumulating as research links students’ cognitive performance with markers of physical fitness, such as aerobic capacity and body mass index. Rather than cutting back on recess time, encouraging kids to exercise seems to help them tap more of their academic potential. Research continues to …Continue reading

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Temperament . . .

Temperament is a term referring to a genetic foundation for individual differences in personality.   The overall stability of temperament, however, is actually low in infancy and toddlerhood and only moderate from preschool age on up. This means that children’s temperaments often change with age, and the child’s environment has a powerful influence on his or …Continue reading

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Good discipline . . .

Parents discipline their children as a way to correct and teach them. The best kind of discipline makes sense to kids, helps them learn while feeling good about themselves, and gives them a chance to correct mistakes. Parents and children share together in this process of teaching and learning, and in doing so, children learn …Continue reading

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Separation anxiety and distress . . .

When babies reach six to eight months of age, separation distress kicks in . . . and it often continues in some form until children are well over five years old. Understand that your child is not being “needy” or “clingy” when he or she can tell you’re about to leave and begins to fuss. …Continue reading

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