Magazine article Work & Family Life

Join in, Tune in and Check-In

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Join in, Tune in and Check-In

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Simply being nearby and available while children play on their own is so important, as is your willingness to interact with them. So get down on the floor and stay awhile. It may be hard for working parents to find the time, but it's worth it.

The 5-second check-in. Take a few seconds to assess your child's mood before you join him, ask him to do something, or simply interrupt him. If you are not tuned in to his feeling state, he probably won't "hear" you or comply with your request.

If your child balks at a "learning" moment with you, it could mean you didn't read the 5-second check-in right Back up and say, "I guess you weren't quite through" or "it's hard to stop when you're having fun with your blocks." When the "feeling domain" feels appreciated, the "learning domain" is more receptive. …

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