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July, 2016

The development of inhibition . . .

Inhibition is that little voice that reminds us we might need to forego what we want right now in the interest of our long-range or larger goals. The brains of babies and young children have yet to develop this little voice of inhibition, which means they can and do act impulsively. Their lack of inhibition …Continue reading

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Siblings and feelings . . .

Feelings enhance life, but they can also create some complications. If you have more than one child, quite different feelings may occur during a single shared situation. One child may feel excited about going to a first soccer game, for example, while the other sibling may feel disappointed that he isn’t getting to play. That’s …Continue reading

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Emotional competence and play . . .

To be emotionally intelligent, we need to operate a dimmer switch of sorts on our emotions rather than simply turn them on and off. In other words, emotional competence requires an ability to modulate emotions—even strong emotions—safely, respectfully, and directly. Children who develop emotional competence do so in stages: first they act out their emotions, …Continue reading

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