The benefits of empathy at work and at home has a huge impact on understanding others and leads to more satisfying relationships. Empathy is a learned skill that begins around ages three and four and grows if it is noticed and applauded.  It’s the ability to understand the thoughts, beliefs, opinions, intentions, and feelings of…

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Parenting without punishment is an unlikely concept to most parents. However, many tasks or rules we want followed feel like punishments to kids like chores, going to sleep on time, curfews, saying “No” to requests for material goods, and having limits on screen time of all types (phones, videos, T.V., computer youtubes, facebook, Instagram, twitter).…

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Listen to your children and teens  is the core of the Parental Intelligence Way. When you are puzzled by their behavior or shaken by their emotions like anxiety or anger, the key is to understand what is on their minds by listening nonjudgementally, attentively, and lovingly. Here are some tips to help them talk: Ask…

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How Do Kids of All Ages Learn from Parents?   Kids learn from parents all the time. From birth to adulthood we model how and what we learn. Kids watch us very closely to see what interests us and how we gain information. Even though they may be much better than us at using the…

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How Do You Praise Your Kids? There is significant controversy about the use of praise. Some experts believe that children need to be praised almost daily to build their self-esteem. Others say, to the contrary, that too much praise makes children overly reliant on other people’s validation to sustain healthy self-esteem. This controversy makes it…

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Laurie Hollman, Ph.D, has a new book, UNLOCKING PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior,on amazon, barnes & noble, familius and wherever books are found. Check it out today and write a review! Play is for Every Age There are so many types of play that every age can enjoy it. The best part…

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Laurie Hollman’s new book, Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior, will be released October 13, 2015. Growth at Age Seven Age seven is a great year with a so much cognitive and emotional growth squeezed in between preschool and middle school. As seven-year-olds change and mature, they need us to continue to…

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How to Let Your Child Know He is Distinctive How do you know you have a distinctive child? It’s because there’s an invisible thread between you and your child. This is because you know more than anyone what makes him distinctive. You know her strengths and special qualities. Does she know you know them?  …

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