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A baby is born exerting powerful control over his mom and dad. He or she cries and Mom or Dad is quickly there to fix whatever is amiss. Every gurgle and sniffle, every facial expression and body motion is scrutinized by the parent for indications of how the baby is feeling and what needs it might have. But all too soon the baby becomes less dependent on Mom and Dad for every need. His or her power over them has lessened and this is not fair! How DARE they not run at his every whim! Of course such is life and at the same time the baby naturally strives for independence. There is a tension between the need for succor NOW and the need for growing independence.

Defusing frustration  See another letter about frustration
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Dealing with frustration is a life skill that will be tested time and time again.  How can we help our children learn to defuse frustration? 

Understanding and Dealing with Dawdling, part 2
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Understanding and Dealing with Dawdling, part 1
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Dawdling is one of the most frustrating of children’s behaviors. Addressing the problem requires the knowledge of a psychiatrist, the insight of a seer, the compassion of a saint, the patience of a rock, and the undying love of a parent.  Children dawdle for a number of quite normal reasons.  Figuring out why your child dawdles is the first step to take in finding a solution.

Disliking the New Piece
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Sometimes teachers hear from parents that if only their child could start the new piece, their enthusiasm would improve.  Even students seem to think this will happen.  But all too often the initial excitement turns to a loss of interest and even avoidance, once the piece has begun.