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Putting Feelings into Words—a Challenge for Young Children, Especially Boys

August 13th, 2013


Our goals for young children is that they put their feelings into words (rather than into hitting, biting, or tantrums). But brain research has shown that there are fewer neurological connections for boys between the feeling side of their brain and the side of their brain for verbal expression. It

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When in doubt…

August 6th, 2013


SMILE!!!

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Meeting Difficult Situations with Compassion

July 30th, 2013


Whenever I get frustrated with a child, I try to remember that they are trying their best to do the best they can at the moment. I try to be compassionate with them. I also try to be compassionate with myself—I am doing the best that I can at this

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Angry at Your Child?

July 16th, 2013


Change the self-talk in your head to try to get control. Breathe, relax, and tell yourself: “This has nothing to do with me. This has to do with my child struggling with being ____years old. This is my child’s journey. This is my child’s struggle. This has nothing to do

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Super Saturday

July 9th, 2013


Most families lead busy lives. Most families are over-scheduled and under-connected. Why not declare the first Saturday of the month as Super Saturday and have it be a total veg-out day….no chores, no schedule, pajamas till noon (or later). Lots of fun and relaxing. No demands on anyone. Lots of

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Two or Three Choices

July 2nd, 2013


Most young children are overwhelmed by more than two or three choices. Narrow down their universe by limiting their choices. And, to use some subtle manipulation, if you prefer a certain choice, if you state that choice last, nine out of ten times your child will remember that choice best

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Eye Contact?

June 25th, 2013


Sometimes with young children we insist on their eye contact when we are talking. And sometimes when they don’t have eye contact we don’t think they are listening. But some children are auditory learners (learn through listening) and they are looking away so that they can turn their ear toward

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It Takes Two to Tango. It Takes Two to Tangle

June 18th, 2013


We need to take responsibility for our own natural tendencies in power struggles with our child. Are you the competitive type, prone to power struggles (you can check with your siblings on this if you aren’t sure!). Or are you less likely to be confrontative? When a potential power struggle

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Power struggles are inevitable with your child

June 11th, 2013


Power struggles are inevitable with your child. It is their job to test limits and flex their “emotional muscles” in the safety of their home and family. It is your job to set age-appropriate limits. Conflicting job definitions often lead to power struggles. Not all power struggles are bad; power

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The Gift Only You can Give

June 4th, 2013


The most precious gift you can give your child is yourself….time listening deeply, time hugging, time connecting with toys, time with you beaming down on your child with joy. No one else can give this to your child.

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