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February, 2016

Talk to your baby . . .

Talking to your baby is one of the keys to enhancing your child’s brain development. How nice that it is so easy to do and costs nothing! Even the youngest babies are learning language, and when you talk to them, you are teaching them communication skills. Whether you are recounting your day, telling your infant …Continue reading

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Internal conversations . . .

Self-talk is powerful because having conversations with ourselves—even silently—links thought, language, and action. Self-talk is really like a delay switch to action allowing us to think things through. Children are great teachers for showing us how language can guide actions. In fact, several studies have shown that children who talk out loud as they give …Continue reading

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Self-help skills . . .

Self-help skills make both your and your child’s life easier. As a parent, you can combine teaching, learning, and fun to help your child develop these skills. Let’s take getting dressed as a first example. Providing oversized dress-up clothes with zippers, buttons, buckles, and snaps allows your child to practice getting dressed with clothes that …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

All parents experience times when their children exhibit challenging behaviors. Understanding the causes behind those challenging behaviors can help. If we make the mistake of looking only at children’s behavior rather than their level of distress and needs, we miss an opportunity to really understand and connect with them and to ease their difficulty. During …Continue reading

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