June 2013

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  • Zombies, Distracted, or Engaged? Tots and Television

    “My kids constantly move from one activity to the next - except when it comes to TV. Should I be worried when my 5 year old just sits and stares at the screen?”

    Seth, St. Louis

    When TV was still a fairly new pastime for kids, researchers coined the term "zombie effect" to describe the glassy-eyed, TV-induced trance familiar to... 

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  • Why You Shouldn't Grant Your Teen a Divorce

    "I'm afraid I might just disappear"

    In my early twenties I facilitated a workshop with middle schoolers around the theme of courage. The teachers warned me that one student might be a bit difficult to deal with. “She’s always acting out and challenging authority,” one of the teachers said.

    The workshop went along uneventfully until one of the... 

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  • Building Trust With Your Child

    I just wrote a blog post about a core ingredient of self-discipline: trust. Trust is not built on single interactions but in the accumulation of experiences over time. Let's make those count.

    We build trust by:

    • Connecting. Predictable and close relationships with caregivers is the foundation... 
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  • Trust Us: Another Take on the Marshmallow Test

    "Moot!" my son exclaimed happily. "More moot!" In order to make sure that he got his message through to me he proudly showed me his empty milk glass. I reassured him that I would return to the dining room with more milk after I checked in on dinner simmering on the stove. For a thirsty two-year-old, "right back" can feel like an eternity.

    My son happily gulped down the milk upon my... 

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