Traditions

What is a tradition? What do you think of when you hear the word ‘tradition’? Do you think of a Thanksgiving Turkey or piñata on your child’s birthday? The world is filled with a beautiful mix of intriguing traditions.   A tradition is said to be the passing on of…
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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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Asking for help

Gesturing for help comes naturally to babies. They need help with everything and as you know they are not shy about screaming for it! But as children grow up, that natural healthy tendency can become warped. Some children may learn to stop asking for help. Others learn to get help…
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