Developing Positive Relationships and Self-Esteem
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Developing Age-Appropriate Independence and Autonomy
Developing Skills for Behavioral Self-Control
Sarah Martin, PhD, of Bradley Hospital, offered a presentation on how to employ proactive parenting with preschoolers at Parenting Matters 2005: Practical Information for Raising Children.
Martin explained that young children have developmental "jobs" that they must fulfill. These include:
Most of what young children do is intended to accomplish one of these jobs. Further, children will "do what works" to be able to accomplish these jobs, even if the immediate result is problematic for them or their families.
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