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May, 2016

Promise to play . . .

Play provides more than pleasure. Play energizes and enlivens us, opens us to new possibilities, and nudges our sense of optimism. Play is also a profound biological process that promotes survival, shapes the brain, makes us smarter, encourages adaptability, fosters empathy, and taps creativity and innovation. Play is pretty important! Children don’t need instructions on …Continue reading

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Describing feelings . . .

Your preschooler’s ability to describe a variety of feelings is one sign of emotional thinking. A year ago your child may have acted out angry feelings through aggressive behaviors, but more recently you may be noticing that he or she expresses ideas about anger through pretend play. For example, two favorite stuffed animals may have …Continue reading

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Frustration temptations . . .

Parenting has its share of frustrations, and sometimes the appropriate thing to do in response is not apparent. Frustration, impatience, confusion, and anger are all expected emotions during the parenting process—yet they are not excuses for copping out, threatening, or playing on your child’s fears. Have you ever said “Just wait until your father [or …Continue reading

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Family rules . . .

Most families have some rules. And that’s a good thing. Family rules, if based on fairness, create a sense of safety for everyone in the family. In addition, a few family rules help kids engage and wire up the thinking part of their brains, which will help them regulate their own emotions over time. Engaging …Continue reading

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