child development, mental health, parenting, psychology, Uncategorized

Respecting Your Child-Part 2

I often say that my first child was my guinea pig. I was a young mother with only my own childhood experience as a compass. Little by little, I learned the craft of parenting by reading, asking questions and studying child development and occupational therapy. I also learned through trial and error, constantly re-evaluating what… Continue reading Respecting Your Child-Part 2

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child development, mental health, parenting, psychology, Uncategorized

Respecting Your Child-Part 1

This is part 1 of 2 on Respecting Your Child, a relationship-based approach. As young parents we heard all the usual warnings about the dreaded teen years. Three of our four kids are now grown, but none of them exhibited the sort of rebellious behavior we'd been led to expect. I recently asked them why… Continue reading Respecting Your Child-Part 1

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How Do You Teach a Child Emotional Regulation?

Many young children seem to go from mild to explosive in seconds. Giving them ways to analyze and understand how their emotions work will go a long way to helping them control their responses. Use your relationship and conversational skills to guide your child towards self-regulation. Talk about your own emotions, reactions and stress management toolkit.… Continue reading How Do You Teach a Child Emotional Regulation?

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Marshmallows, Relationships & Impulsivity

The marshmallow experiment was a study done by Walter Mischel in the 1960s to see if impulse control at a young age correlated with a child's outcome later on. Children who did the best during this experiment were the ones that were able to use their imagination and self-regulation toolkit to detach themselves from the temptation. There… Continue reading Marshmallows, Relationships & Impulsivity

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Emotional Labeling

What is Emotional Labeling? Emotional labeling is a technique used by mental health professionals and other therapists to help clients process their emotions. Imagine a child who suddenly shows frustration after a friend takes his toy. The child might get angry, grab the toy and throw it across the room. Or he might run to the corner… Continue reading Emotional Labeling

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The Not so Perfect Side of Perfection

Perfection is a heavy burden for children to bear. It makes their thinking rigid and their ability to function erratic.  It also fuels anxiety. A child who feels the need to perform perfectly at all times attaches his/her sense of identity on outcomes versus growth. Failure becomes an earth-shattering experience instead of an opportunity to learn. Many smart… Continue reading The Not so Perfect Side of Perfection

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Calming Activities for Your Brain

Anxiety, anger, boredom, stress and restlessness alert us to issues that need to be addressed. The discomfort they trigger is sometimes hard to deal with, and can send us spinning. Although I have found that calming techniques for adults are not always appropriate for kids, the reverse is not true. Children calming activities can be very effective… Continue reading Calming Activities for Your Brain

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How Play Shapes Our Brain

I recently finished reading Play How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D. This book made me want to go back into my childhood and tap into all the wonderful creative activities I used to partake in. Here are some of the highlights: Play is composed of… Continue reading How Play Shapes Our Brain

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Sensory Integration Explained

What is Sensory Integration? A child walks onto the grass and starts to cry. Another touches sand, looks at her hand and shrieks inconsolably. “Don’t cry. It’s okay. Sand is fun,” the parents say trying to reassure her. She carries on, until the sand is washed off and she is removed from the situation. A… Continue reading Sensory Integration Explained

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Sensory Integration Challenges

Sensory integration issues affects kids and adults alike. It's also a topic that's dear to my heart. A firetruck storms by, blaring its siren, and my hands want to automatically cover my sensitive ears. The high-pitched sound threatens my equilibrium as much as it physically hurts my eardrums. Smells are also a constant reminder of how… Continue reading Sensory Integration Challenges