June 2012

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  • What should I do when children lie?

    Dr. Dave and Erin,

    Our seven year old daughter has been lying a bit lately.  One night her toothbrush lay on the sink with toothpaste still on it; clearly she had not brushed her teeth.  We asked her if she had brushed them and she said "Yes! I did!"  

    It's become a bad pattern of her making a poor... 

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  • Ten Ways to Make Space for Free Play


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    We've written plenty of posts about the importance of imaginative play for children's brain development. Far from being a waste of time, kids need free play to... 

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  • Why Are You Always Yelling at Me? The Science Behind Parent-Teen Miscommunication

    It seems like every conversation I have with my thirteen year old ends in a fight. I try to keep my cool but even then my daughter acts like I am the worst mom in the world. Any suggestions? Why is this happening so much more with my daughter than my 8 year old son?

    Sally, Wisconsin

    Sally, 

    At the end of a conversation with your... 

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  • Setting Limits With an Explosive Child

    My daughter is 7 years old.  She is having a hard time hearing the word "no", and always has. My daughter frequently melts down and has a tantrum, yells etc.  We do not back down, but constantly have to move into consequences, which result in the tantrum escalating, it is exhausting.  We try to keep a cool head. ... I do not know whether she is just tired, this... 

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