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Get Kids Moving for Increased Attention Spans

“Sit still and pay attention.” This may be a common phrase uttered in many classrooms toward children who are often labeled as fidgety.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there has been an increase in the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Sensitivity

There’s probably nothing more frustrating to a parent than to be in a hurry to get somewhere (and aren’t we always in a hurry to get somewhere?!) only to have a child who melts down because his socks feel wrong. Seriously, how wrong could socks possibly feel? Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Quality of Mood

What is the first thing you do when a small child looks up at you and breaks out in a big grin? Typically we grin back at him. This interaction is important for a child even though the adult responds with hardly a thought. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan
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Five Things Healthy Families Are Doing

Good health — it’s important! And the well-being of our families, as a collective whole, is just as important as our individual health. While no two families are alike, generally happy and healthy families seem to share several attributes that nurture the mind, body and soul. Read More »
Child Development, Preventative Care · Avera Health

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Persistence

While watching my toddler grandson try to insert an octagonal shape into a circular shape-sorter slot, I was reminded of the persistence trait. He was determined to make the piece fit even though he was not being rewarded for these attempts. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Intensity of Expression

Ever notice how some kids can stub a toe and cry for half an hour while another can fall and bloody his nose, but just gets up, wipes his nose and goes on as if nothing happened? These would be examples of the opposite extremes of the intensity temperament trait. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan