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The Gardener

 To be a gardener, you need to tune in to how the plants are doing and attend to what they need. Many gardeners also testify to a feeling of receiving something in return — of being gifted, almost, whether through … Continue reading

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P-R-I-D-E

What we call the “P-R-I-D-E” skills are strategies that have been shown to help increase positive behaviors in young children: ·  PRAISE: Praise your child’s appropriate behavior. This helps increase the specific behavior that you are addressing and contributes to … Continue reading

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Defining Gratitude

Gratitude is the child of attention. When we stop to take in what’s before us, a single moment becomes suddenly divisible into thousands. As theologian and mental health nurse John Swinton writes, there is fast time and there is slow … Continue reading

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Breaking a Script

When a shop clerk asks, “Can I help you?” you can reply, “Can I help you?” Or instead of asking people at a party what they do, ask them what they’d like to do more of, or what they don’t do. Or instead … Continue reading

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Giving Each Child One-On-One Time

There’s no substitute for one-on-one time. Positive, focused attention helps build and maintain an emotional connection. If you can swing 10 to 15 minutes every day, great. Schedule it whenever possible. To make the most of this time, do whatever … Continue reading

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