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April, 2016

Make it happen . . .

Parents are busy people! It can be hard to remember to make time for positive moments with your child. The great thing is that making time doesn’t necessarily mean taking extra time. You can create positive moments with your child within your daily routine. Here are just a few ideas: Give your child a spontaneous …Continue reading

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Children’s reactions to stress . . .

Every child experiences stress in a variety of forms. As your child grows and develops, predictable types of stress might include being afraid of the dark, transitions inherent in going to school, peer pressure, and struggling with how to fit in. When ordinary stress becomes too much, children feel distress. You can frequently tell that …Continue reading

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Expectations . . .

Expectations are wily. They can sneak in and influence our perspectives and behaviors without surfacing in our awareness. Because expectations can be either positive and useful or limiting and distressful, it can be helpful to give some consideration to the expectations we have for our children. How can we reflect on some of the potential …Continue reading

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Downtime . . .

Downtime is important for the healthy growth and development of your child. Your child’s brain needs breaks in order to process the incoming flood of new information. Being idle allows the brain to take what it already knows and then think, reflect, and change. Idle time allows the circuitry to develop. Unstructured free time is …Continue reading

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