The Magical Power of Reflection

The Magical Power of Reflection is Part 4 of a four-part series on how stress in Western society aggravates children's four brain systems and exacerbates difficult behaviors. After the Regulatory System, Sensory System, and Relevance (or relationship) System, the Executive System is the last part of our brain architecture to develop. Children seem to be a lot less calm than they were in times past. We think we are seeing more anxiety, more tantrums at older ages, and more defiance in children overall. Increased pace of life, screen time, and academic demands on children's time may have to do with that. Being in a hurry, long stretches of staring at screens, and requiring more homework hours

Part 3 of Stress in the West - Joy: The Propeller of Development

Stress in the West: Joy, the Propeller of Development is Part 3 of a four-part series on how stress in Western society aggravates children's four brain systems and exacerbates difficult behaviors. After the Regulatory System and Sensory System, the third brain system the NeuroRelational Framework looks at when assessing stress is the Relevance (or relationship) System, where joy is generated.​In our modern world, joy has become harder to come by, replaced by children's anxiety and resistance toward adult hectic agendas and their effects on children's nervous systems.We used to think that we needed to be serious with kids around limits or they wouldn't understand that we mean business. Well,

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