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Providing extra nurturing

August 16, 2013

Here’s a life-changing idea…
In their book, The Irreducible Needs of Children, T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley Greenspan say,
“Caregiver patterns involving extra nurturing, practice at modulating activity, increased opportunities to engage in pretend play with empathy, and gentle but firm consistent limits often lead to positive development” (p. 84).

In other words…
Many children have temperamental natures, being highly sensitive or self-absorbed, or being active and aggressive or strong-willed, or having difficulty with attention.  When parents guide their children gently and consistently with extra nurturing, monitored activities, and consistent limits, these temperamental behaviors can make positive changes.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Children are very creative.  Encourage your self-absorbed or quiet child to open up by engaging them in creative activities such as building a fort with couch cushions and blankets.  Reading a book then acting it out can help active or low attention children to focus.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey, See the World Through My Eyes, or Getting Our Hearts Right at, like us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The Irreducible Needs of Children.

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