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ENCOURAGERS

March 25th, 2014


Encouragers, or rewards or bribes as some people may call them, can be helpful when used in moderation. Encouragers are especially effective when they are used in conjunction with promoting imaginative interactions with your child. Stickers, Hand Stamps, Keys, Tickets: Some of the simplest objects can be rewards or encouragers for your young child. Stickers

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The Three Big Rules and Picking and Choosing Your Battles

March 18th, 2014


Every family needs rules. These are THE THREE BIG RULES. RULE # 1. EVERYONE IS GENTLE WITH EVERYONE’S BODIES. This is a positive way of saying: no kicking, biting, scratching, pinching, choking, hair-pulling, punching, arm-twisting, tripping, etc. RULE #2. EVERYONE IS GENTLE WITH EVERYONE’S FEELINGS. This is a positive way of saying

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CREATIVE TIMERS

March 11th, 2014


Hourglass sand timers are great props because the sand can be a visual diversion or distraction to keep your child occupied while waiting. Analog and digital timers can also be helpful. Timers are excellent for helping children share. Holding the sand timer and watching the timer gives your child something

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MUSIC AND COOPERATION

March 4th, 2014


Music and songs can be powerful tools in motivating your child to cooperate. When an adult speaks to a young child, the words are processed on one side of the brain and there needs to be a neurological leap across brain hemispheres for these words to be processed into action on the other side of the

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NO TIME-OUTS

February 25th, 2014


For some reason, time-outs were the discipline flavor of the 1990s and that flavor still lingers on. Time-outs are easy to administer and take no thought on an adult’s part, but, unfortunately, time-outs provide little learning for your child. Parents often say that they use time-outs again and again; my

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Easing Transitions

February 18th, 2014


Most young children are challenged by transitions. Stopping one activity and moving to another activity can be difficult. Following are several techniques to help children switch gears. Get up close and personal with your child—bend down to their height and be in their vision and try…. Finger Counting: Most young children benefit

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Books For Challenging Feelings

February 4th, 2014


Every child (and every person) has rebellious energy at times. Help channel your child’s challenging energy through books. Books can normalize feelings and provide an outlet for these feelings. Some suggestions: Younger Children Blumenthal, Deborah, “The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum” Duncan, Riana, “When Emily Woke Up Angry” Everitt, Betsy, “Mean Soup” Mitchell,

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Just Say “OH”

January 28th, 2014


“It Takes Two to Tango” is an old song. And it takes two to tangle. It takes two people to have a power struggle. If your child is hankering for a power struggle, then don’t engage. Don’t be that other half of the power struggle. Whatever they say, respond with

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Choices

January 21st, 2014


Giving your child choices empowers them and helps their problem-solving skills. Give your two-year-old two choices, your three-year-old two or at most three choices, and your four-year-old three choices. (and, if there is a choice that you prefer, state that last—your child is most likely to remember that choice!) If

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Never Too Much Self-Esteem

January 14th, 2014


When my daughter was 4 years old, she drew a dot on a page and was ecstatic about how beautiful her drawing was. I (the worried mother) became concerned that my daughter thought too highly of herself and had “too much self-esteem.” Everything that she did and said she thought

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