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10 Words to Use With Your Kids Every Day

10 Words to Use With Your Kids Every Day

    Thank you – Acknowledges somebody’s effort Tell me more – Show somebody that you are listening and that you would like to hear more on what’s on their mind.  This encourages conversation without judgment or giving immediate advice. You can do it! – Expresses confidence. How can I help? – Let someone know […]

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How Do I Encourage a New, Desired Behavior?

How Do I Encourage a New, Desired Behavior?

    One way to encourage good behavior is to use a reward system. Children who learn that bad behavior is not tolerated and that good behavior is rewarded are learning skills that will last them a lifetime. This works best in children older than 2 years of age. It can take up to 2 […]

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How to Say It

How to Say It

    Communicating with your child involves more than the words and phrases you use. What you are saying will be more effective if you: Try to speak to your child in a pleasant tone of voice, instead of an angry one. Speak in a light conversational tone instead of yelling. If you do end […]

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Thinking with your eyes

Thinking with your eyes

A milestone of infancy is called “joint attention.”  This occurs when babies naturally learn to look at people’s eyes and follow what they are looking at to figure out what they are thinking about.  We “think with our eyes” to figure out other people’s thoughts, intentions, emotions, plans, etc.   Michelle Garcia Winner, leading social skills […]

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What do we really pay attention to when we talk?

What do we really pay attention to when we talk?

When people use spoken language to communicate, they do not just listen to what is said in order to understand the message. They also look at the person who is speaking to see what their body is doing, and listen to the way they are saying the words to understand their full message. Studies have […]

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Games to Play With Your Family

Games to Play With Your Family

Hi Parents, I’ve been talking to some of you about various games that take some of the competition out of game nights and tend to be more interactive than competitive.  Here are some games that are real hits! Apples to Apples Bubble Talk Whoonu ImaginIff Malarky Catch Phrase Outburst Boggle Bananas Guestures UNO Diary of […]

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Play Date Tips

Play Date Tips

Play dates are vital for children because they offer them the opportunity to connect with their peers outside of the structured classroom setting. They also enhance children’s language, social skills, and self-esteem. By providing such an opportunity for your child to connect with classmates, students can carry these relationships back into the classroom. Play dates […]

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Conversations To Go

Conversations To Go

Dear Families!  Print out these questions (View PDF), cut them apart and place in a bowl or container in the middle of the dinner table! One family member at a time takes out a question at random and reads it out loud.  That person answers the question and then asks one other family member the […]

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