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Laughter can help you and your children communicate better and build emotional bonds. Having a sense of humor is good for a child’s mental and physical well-being. Children tend to learn best when the experience is positive. Laughter can alter brain chemistry – when people laugh, a part of the brain’s reward system is triggered. In this reward system, a person feels pleasure and wants to have the same pleasant feelings over and over again. Kids need laughter because it relieves stress and loosens muscles. It boosts energy immediately and it triggers a point in the brain that helps them feel pleasure. Laughing is key to positive parenting and helps families have fun and come closer together.
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Have you ever met an adult that was not potty trained? I haven’t. Don’t worry that if you take a laid back approach you’ll still be changing diapers in elementary school. Bladder control is a physiological function and not something that can be controlled with behavioral remedies. Rewarding children with stickers, charts and toys doesn’t speed up the process. The more firm or hands-on you are with your child, the more control issues may arise. You didn’t reward your child for walking for the first time so why would you reward him for bladder control? It takes the average child at least 12 months to master this task. Girls typically begin to use the potty at 2 1/2 years old and boys around their 3rd birthday.
For more tips, check out Kimberley’s book, The Go-To Mom’s Guide.