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Dealing with Your Child’s Anger

Just as adults, children can get angry for a variety of reasons. The question is how do you deal with it as a parent.  Becoming angry due to certain frustrations is a normal and a perfectly acceptable reaction to emotional distress. It is important that you as a parent communicate to your child that they are safe to express their feelings. However, it is even more important that you teach your child how to manage this negative emotion so that it has the least detrimental effect on their well-being and others around them. The goal is for the children…

Simple Relaxation Techniques to Help Your Child Sleep

According to National Sleep Foundation (NSF), sleep deprivation is a problem among children in America.  According to NSF’s 2004 Sleep in America poll, more than two-thirds of children experience one or more sleep problems at least a few nights a week.  (1)  At this time, little is known about the impact of sleep disturbances on the structural properties of the developing brain.  However, according to recent research, sleep disturbances from age 2 years onwards are associated with smaller grey matter volumes. Thinner prefrontal cortex in children with adverse sleep disturbances trajectories may reflect effects of sleep disturbance…

Simple Strategies for Parents of Withdrawn Children

How to Help Your Withdrawn Child out of Her Shell     Does your child tend to be quite and withdrawn? Does she isolate herself from others? Is he hesitant to engage in games and prefers to play by himself? Does she prefer to stay at home and avoid her peers? Is it difficult for your child to adjust to a new environment?  At times, this behavior may be obvious and troublesome.  However other times, parents may not even be aware of their child having significant social difficulties as she may act completely appropriately in a home environment.   7…

What Every Parent Should Know about Behavior Modifications

Behavior modification is a treatment approach consisting of several different techniques that have been found very effective in managing problematic behavior in children.  Many of these techniques can be applied to adults as well; however, for the purpose of this article, we will focus specifically on techniques most commonly used with children.   Behavior modification techniques were initially developed by American behavioral psychologist, B.F. Skinner (1904 – 1990), who considered all human actions to depend on consequences of previous actions.  Simply put it, Skinner believed that behavior could be shaped by reinforcement or lack of it.   Behavior modification…