The benefits of listening

Listening and hearing are different Here’s a strange fact: if you record your baby crying and then play it back to them, they don’t get upset. They listen, but they are fine. If you play the sound of another baby crying, your baby will get upset. That example helps illustrate…
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Talking to the kids

Lost in translation… Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak your language? It can become an entertaining game of charades or a confusing and frustrating mess. The same is true of our kids. Language can be a frustrating barrier for them. Most preschool kids who have…
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Conflict is inevitable

Conflict happens Most of us know that conflict is inevitable, especially with kids. One study found that when you look at parent/toddler interactions, there is a conflict every three minutes. So if conflict is a normal part of life, what’s the big deal?   The bad news The big deal…
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Emotion Coaching

Expressing emotions Kids who are able to express their emotions build stronger friendships and solve problems more easily. They are better prepared for learning and collaborating environments like school and work. Adults play a role in teaching kids how to manage their emotions. Because like any other skill, coaching and…
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In the zone – Flow

Has time ever disappeared? Have you ever been so involved in what you were doing, that time didn’t seem to exist? You may not have felt much of anything while you were occupied. But once you stopped you may have felt positive. This is what psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls…
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Who are you?

Self-awareness is a life-long process. It starts when we are babies, and continues throughout our lives. Child Development Most of us have seen a baby discover his hands or feet.  These are the first steps in self-awareness. Next, babies learn to recognize themselves. When they are under a year old,…
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Optimists for the win!

The optimists We all know someone who is an optimist. Maybe you are an optimist! Optimism is feeling hopeful or confident that things will go well in the future. It is the belief that better days are coming, things will work out, that the future is bright. Optimists can be annoyingly cheerful,…
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Naming Feelings

Brain Development Would you be surprised to learn that 2/3 of brain development happens after we are born? And did you know that brain development plays a role in temper tantrums? Here’s why. Each part of the brain has a different function (or functions).  Most tasks need us to use…
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