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Parenting Doesn’t Come with a Manual

Our “Strengthening Families” series is all about the many ways you can build and maintain strong family togetherness. In this series, we will talk about age appropriate parenting strategies, how we can increase communication within the family, and the importance of playing with our children. Positive Parenting Raising children doesn’t come with an instruction manual,… Read more »

Frustration Tolerance

Today we’re finishing up our blog series on understanding temperament by discussing the final characteristic, frustration tolerance. A child’s patience and persistence levels can tell caregivers how a child copes with frustration and how likely they are to stick with a problem or challenge until they find a solution. Some children are easily frustrated, and… Read more »

Coping with Change

The third characteristic of temperament is the ability to cope with change. Coping with change refers to the ability to cope with and tolerate every day and larger changes.  Children who find changes to be difficult are called “keep it the same” kids. Although all children enjoy schedule consistency and dislike stopping an activity that… Read more »

Sociability

The third characteristic of temperament is sociability. Sociability describes how children approach social situations and interact with other kids and adults. Some children are hesitant around people they don’t know. These kids are described as “slow-to-warm-up” kids. They need extra time and support from parents and caregivers before they feel comfortable enough to interact with… Read more »

Activity Level

The second characteristic of temperament is activity level. This describes to what extent your child uses movement and physical skills to learn and explore the world. When it comes to activity level, children can be described as “watchers and sitters” or “movers and shakers”. “Watchers and sitters” are generally happy to sit and play quietly,… Read more »

Emotional Intensity and Reactivity

  In our last blog, we discovered that temperament is a set of characteristics that each child is born with and develops throughout their life. We discussed how it is the foundation for personality. Today we will be looking at the first characteristic of temperament: emotional intensity and reactivity. Low Reactors Children vary in their… Read more »

What is Temperament?

What is Temperament? Every child is born with his own individual way of approaching the world. This is known as temperament, and is often considered to be the foundation for personality. Temperament is Innate This means that children are born with their individual temperament style. As a result, temperament is neither something a child chooses… Read more »

The Power of Play in Brain Development

Food isn’t the only thing that fuels brain development. Children also develop skills through playing! Perhaps when you hear the word “play,” what comes to mind is a game of tag or baseball, but play occurs as early as birth. Simple games like peek-a-boo and jack-in-the box are great games to play with infants as… Read more »

Food for Thought, How Nutrition Affects Brain Development

Did you know that eating healthy foods is one of the best ways to build a healthy brain?! During the first year of life, the brain grows 1.7 grams each day (that’s a little more than the weight of a shelled peanut!) Children who are malnourished and who do not receive enough calories or protein… Read more »

Yes, the Brain Can Bounce Back!

In our last blog post, we discussed how negative experiences can be detrimental to brain development. Today we’re here to discuss just how resilient the brain is and show how the brain can bounce back! The brain is able to bounce back from negative influences, especially if intervention happens at an early age. Positive influences… Read more »