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June, 2016

Individual attention . . .

One way parents support their children is through family activities. Children often feel nurtured and supported during times the family is interacting, such as when everyone is eating dinner together, taking a walk, watching a movie, or going to the park. But the deepest relationship between a parent and child develops through one-on-one time. One-on-one …Continue reading

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The brain and body working together . . .

Your preschooler is learning like a sponge soaking up water. She is learning to use her senses, move her body, regulate her behavior, and engage you in conversations. When she learns while combining more than one of these activities, her nervous system gets a better workout. Preschoolers do well to have several ten- to fifteen-minute …Continue reading

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An emerging sense of self . . .

As your toddler reaches the age of about eighteen months, he or she will realize that his or her angry “me” and loving “me” are within the same person. During this time, your toddler will also realize that the people he or she trusts and loves can also be the people who make him or …Continue reading

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Food for parents . . .

Eating a nutritious diet is important for parents because certain foods produce key chemicals that influence emotions. Developing a habit of eating regularly and healthfully will help you control your mood and your sense of well-being, making it easier to do the hard job of parenting. Emotional chemicals work cooperatively, so if one chemical is …Continue reading

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Early tasting experiences . . .

Taste preferences are amazingly adaptable. Other than our innate preferences for sweet and salty tastes, almost all other aspects of what we do and don’t like to eat seems to be the result of experience. Nurture plays a larger role than nature when it comes to food preferences. Early childhood is, therefore, a significant developmental …Continue reading

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