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7 Steps to Increase Your Child's EQ

7 Steps to Increase Your Child's EQ

May 21, 2019

While intelligence is an important factor for a child's future success, emotional intelligence is even more important.

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Differences in How Children Recognize Facial Expressions of Emotion

Differences in How Children Recognize Facial Expressions of Emotion

May 14, 2019

Despite differences that can occur in development, every child can benefit from learning ways to recognize facial expressions of emotion.

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Signs Your Child Is Emotionally Dysregulated And How To Support Them

Signs Your Child Is Emotionally Dysregulated And How To Support Them

April 23, 2019

Emotional dysregulation is when a child can’t control their emotions, their response seems over-reactive, and they are struggling to find balance in how they are feeling. Emotional dysregulation is very common in the toddler-preschooler range because they literally aren’t capable of controlling their emotions.

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The Many Moods of ADHD: More Than Just Hyperactivity

The Many Moods of ADHD: More Than Just Hyperactivity

April 16, 2019

When people think of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they often picture a child bouncing off the walls, going from one unfinished activity to the next. But this stereotype is unfair and fairly inaccurate.

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Children’s Life Stress: Emotions And Coping

Children’s Life Stress: Emotions And Coping

April 09, 2019

When I learned I was expecting our second child, my overjoyed mother asked our son how he felt about a new baby arriving. He very seriously and sincerely responded to his grandmother, “I’d rather have a cat.” While this became part of our family stories, and consistently got laughs, the truth is that in his own way as a child, he was conveying that he was experiencing the life event of a new sibling to be stressful.

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The Impact of Emotional Intelligence On Learning and Classroom Engagement

The Impact of Emotional Intelligence On Learning and Classroom Engagement

April 02, 2019

When it comes to learning and classroom engagement, a child's IQ comes into play as does his/her emotional intelligence or EQ. The higher a child's EQ, the more likely he/she is to achieve learning outcomes and engage in the classroom.

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Teaching Children How To Talk About Feelings

Teaching Children How To Talk About Feelings

March 05, 2019

A child’s ability to recognize and verbally communicate feelings is a skill that is just as important as learning to read and write. It is a skill that helps us navigate relationships and self regulate our own emotions.

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The Power of Visual Supports For a Child with Autism

The Power of Visual Supports For a Child with Autism

February 26, 2019

Visual supports are a powerful tool for children with autism. Visual supports include images, symbols, or other visual aids that are used to assist those who have trouble with verbal or written language. Visual supports may come in the form of flashcards, books, charts, posters, apps, and technology, or any tools that improve communication.

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4 Daily Rituals To Nurture A Child's Mental Health

4 Daily Rituals To Nurture A Child's Mental Health

February 21, 2019

Rituals don’t need to be rigid, occurring at exact moments of every day. We all lead busy lives and have off days, so giving yourself a little grace when you inevitably miss a moment of connection. Creating special moments each day with our children is a great way to improve your relationship with your child, while also boosting their self-esteem and setting them up with healthy ways to cope with the stresses of life as they grow older.

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How Family Stories Impact the Emotional Life of Children

How Family Stories Impact the Emotional Life of Children

February 14, 2019

One of my cherished memories from growing up is about family stories. Each summer my parents would rent a lake house and relatives would visit in a bit of a revolving-door style. Eventually, they would all have made a visit, often extended over several weeks. In the evenings we would sit around in the living room or outside around a campfire, and the stories would begin to flow. 

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Increase Your Child's EQ Using The 6 Primary Emotions

Increase Your Child's EQ Using The 6 Primary Emotions

February 07, 2019

If you’d like to help a child in your life increase their EQ, that’s great! There are many wonderful ways to do this. In an effort to help facilitate such learning and growth, lessons that teach children about their moods are essential. Unlike the IQ, a person's EQ can be increased over time, and there are a variety of useful interventions to help children become more aware and in control of their feelings and choices.

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Raising A Resilient Child: 7 Strategies You Can Use Right Now

Raising A Resilient Child: 7 Strategies You Can Use Right Now

January 31, 2019

If you’ve been around kids for any length of time, you know that there are some universal truths: they all struggle at times, they are sometimes highly emotional for no discernable reason, and sometimes they achieve something monumental after a period of distress.

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