“Distraction” gets a bad rap–but it can be a very useful stress reduction and emotional regulation skill.
A dictionary definition of “distraction” is “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.” (From Oxford Language dictionary).
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Self-control is an important part of emotional development. It is what allows children to manage their feelings and regulate their behavior.
The University of Cambridge did an interesting review of 78 studies that had been conducted between 2007-2017. What they … Read more >>
Tummy time is physical activity for infants; it is an awake, prone position that is supervised and encouraged by an adult.
Tummy time is especially important since the onset of the “back to sleep” campaign.
Since infants are now placed … Read more >>
Babies as young as 5 months old may show interest in books.
“Interest” at this age means turning pages back and forth and putting the book in the mouth. Think of mouthing a book as a “pre-reading” skill!
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Cutting with scissors is a great art project AND a way to develop fine motor skills.
Using scissors builds finger strength and dexterity for later writing skills. There is also hand-eye coordination involved.
Most children really enjoy cutting with scissors. … Read more >>
For the majority of children, sleep problems steadily decline from infancy-5 years old.
For a minority, continued problems with sleep regulation have been associated with adjustment and self regulation difficulties in school.
Helping your child learn to sleep in their
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