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Category Archives: Kids 3 to 5

a New Sibling…

"Siblings are such an incredible gift for young children yet strangely toddlers don’t always seem to appreciate these gifts as much as we think they should. In fact I'm sure many toddlers sometimes wish they could 're-gift' their new baby siblings. Sometimes it's difficult to have empathy for how massive this life change is, especially...
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Nature vs Nurture…

The nature versus nurture argument about personality has always seemed a little futile to me. It's a bit like debating whether a cake is the result of its ingredients or the baking process. Both are critically important steps which influence the outcome, much like nature and nurture do for personality. Researchers such as Alexander Thomas and...
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Temperament…

Lets talk about temperament, and for some people temperament  means  personality or nature of a person. Temperament is something you are born with; it’s your genetic make up. It is difficult to predict what it will look like in advance, as it is a mix over generations. Although it is your blueprint it doesn’t imply you...
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Cognitive Development in 3-5 Year Olds

"The preschool period is a time of rapid growth along a number of developmental measures, not the least of which is children’s thinking abilities, or cognition. Across this time period, children learn to use symbolic thought, the hallmarks of which are language and symbol use, along with more advanced pretend play. Children this age show...
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Time out as a consequence

"Time out can be an effective discipline strategy when used effectively. Although it is important to consider your child’s developmental needs when establishing age appropriate consequences, usually time out is effective between the ages of 3 and 12. Time out can teach your child new behavior management skills when it is used properly. The reason that...
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Play ideas to support preschoolers’ cognitive development.

"Play is the natural way young children learn. Even when it looks like preschoolers are just playing, their brains are hard at work putting together vital knowledge about the world. Here are play ideas to support preschoolers’ cognitive development. About preschooler play and cognitive development Preschoolers are like little scientists – they want to learn how things work,...
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