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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 »
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Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: First Response

I observed a group of kids playing the other day and commented to one of the moms how wonderful it is to see a group of little ones playing so well together. “It hasn’t always been that way. When we first joined this group, my son, Jackson, wouldn’t have anything to do with the other kids. Read More »
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Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Distraction Level

Distractibility refers to how easily one can be drawn off task or how much concentration he can apply to the task at hand. Some children may be right in the middle of something interesting and their attention gets pulled away by something else entirely. Read More »
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Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Daily Biological Cycles

Do you go to bed and wake up around the same times every day? Are you hungry for meals around the same times every day? If so, your temperament score on daily biological cycles would be very regular. Children have the same temperament issues as well. Read More »
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The Spanking Dilemma

Spanking children is deeply ingrained in our culture. Most adults remember being spanked as a child. Today, physical punishment of a child is legal in all states and many states also allow the use of an object — paddle, switch, wooden spoon, strap — for reasonable supervision and control of a child as long as it is not “excessive” and does not cause injury. Read More »
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We Have Too Many Toys! Alternative Gifts for Kids

The holidays are fast approaching and our thoughts turn to the frenzy of buying gifts. It’s always a joy to select gifts for friends and family, and watch their (hopefully) delight when the gift is opened. Buying toys for kids and hearing their squeals of delight is especially satisfying! Read More »
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