December 2010

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  • Tips for Protecting Tots from Media Violence

    1. The best gift you can give your young children is one-on-one time with caring adults. Minimize media for the first couple years of your child’s life and read, play outside, do art projects, problem solve, snuggle, and talk!
    2. Encourage people in your family to practice “appointment television.” Turn the TV on to watch a show; turn it off when it is over. You... 
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  • Protecting Tots from Media Violence

    Is there research that links exposure to violent media with aggressive behavior in preschool-aged children?

    Stacie, Minnesota

    Stacie, We humans come from a long line of storytellers. Humans pass stories down from one generation to the next to transmit values, cultural norms, a sense of right and wrong, and an appreciation of place and history. This isn't... 

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  • Tips for enjoying the holidays together

    1. Rent or stream a holiday movie and watch it as a family.  You can even turn it into a game.  Pop a bowl of low-fat popcorn and watch It’s a Wonderful Life.  Every time Jimmy Stewart appears in a new scene, eat a kernel of popcorn.  Or watch the Wizard of Oz (a holiday favorite in my home) and stage a sing-along, assigning each family member a... 
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  • Making time for reflection during the holidays

    I love the holidays but it seems that every year my kids focus a little more on the "stuff" under the tree and less on what really matters: family and relationships. I feel like I am struggling against a tidal wave of holiday advertising. Is it a lost cause?

    Lupita, Texas

    Lupita, What a wonderful question. For most... 

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  • It is never to late to connect

    Are children doomed from the very beginning if they do not form a strong attachment to their caregivers in the first 18 months of their lives?

    Valerie, Florida

    Valerie, Thanks for your question. When we learn about the importance of one-on-one interaction, connection, and consistent caregiving in early childhood, it certainly... 

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  • Nurturing perseverance and commitment

    I am a high school teacher and coach. I am recently seeing a trend among my student athletes of quitting sports half way through the season.  When I approach their parents I get the response "they make their own decision." This deeply concerns me. Do you have any advice?

    - Matt, California

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