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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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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Natural problem solvers

A typical day You’ve just been to the grocery store. You are trying to make your way into your home with kids and groceries and everything else. Your kids are talking to you. You are trying not to drop the bags. The key is sticking in the lock. You are figuring…
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The Mindset of Success

You may have heard expressions like “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” (Henry Ford) or “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” (Theodore Roosevelt). Research shows those men were right. Our beliefs do impact our abilities. Beliefs impact abilities Scientists have tested how our…
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