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December, 2015

Motivated behavior . . .

Our brains are designed to seek pleasure and steer clear of displeasure, so it could be argued that there is no such thing as unmotivated behavior. One thing that gives children great pleasure is getting attention from their parents. That is why our paying attention to children’s good behavior and rewarding it results in more …Continue reading

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Parent with a light heart . . .

When parents discipline with a light heart and a sense of humor, three important things happen: first, our feelings as parents can be managed in a positive and constructive way; second, we model for our children how to handle their emotions in an effective and constructive way; and third, we teach our children parenting skills …Continue reading

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Holiday excitement . . .

This is a good time to remember that joy can be stressful! Joy is a high-arousal state of being for kids. So, enjoy the “joy” and manage the stress. Here are a few ideas for managing the excitement of the holiday season: Know your child’s personality and limits. If you have a child who needs …Continue reading

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Offering praise . . .

If you have a child who finds it easy to do lots of things, from tossing a ball to writing his or her name, it will be easy for your child to figure out how to accomplish tasks worthy of your praise. This child will learn and become aware of the kind and warm feelings …Continue reading

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Holiday planning . . .

For many families, this time of year includes holiday celebrations and gatherings that can nurture feelings of connection and joy if reasonable expectations are kept in mind. Here are a few thoughts . . . Rituals are important because they provide comfort and a feeling of unity. As rituals provide good feelings and a sense …Continue reading

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