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It's more effective to reward your child for being "good" (appropriate) than to punish him for being "bad" (inappropriate).

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

Don't wait for him to turn 10 before you reveal that you are not in fact the hired help whose job it is to clean up after him.

Parents are the external regulator for kids who cannot regulate themselves.

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

Hurt people hurt people.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

The more 2 parents differ in their approaches to discipline, the more likely it leads to trouble for the child.

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Brain Fact # 9

A Healthy Brain

Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School was asked – “Is there one main characteristic of a healthy brain?”

His answer – “There are 100 billion neurons in the brain. Each neuron has about 10,000 connections (synapses) to other cells. We have 1 quintillion (10 to the 18th) synapses and there are 1 quintillion transactions per second between neurons. A healthy brain is thus a very complex, dynamic and efficient system. One main characteristic of  a healthy  brain is the ability to being modified (being plastic).

The circumstances of our lives change very fast, too fast for genes to be able to modify our brain and make us able to cope with these changes. So nature invented plasticity, the capacity of the brain to be modified to cope with the changes. We have realized that a healthy brain is a brain that has the right amount of plasticity; not too much and not too little but optimal plasticity. Plasticity changes the nature of synapses and the number of synapses in the brain. These changes can occur following any type of activity of the brain”.

Guess what ?   Reading this blog just changed the synapses in your brain!

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Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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