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Talked Out of Tantrums
February 27, 2017
It is not easy to find happiness within ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
-Agnes Repplier

"Reading to your kids may help keep them from throwing fits," writes Jenny Merkin (Psychology Today; February, 2011). "In a study, researchers measured toddlers’ spoken vocabulary and self-regulation, or ability to control behavior and emotions. They found that vocabulary at 24 months serves as a very strong predictor of self-regulation at the three-year mark, especially for boys.

"Researchers…suspect that when kids can voice their thoughts, they take charge of their situation instead of growing frustrated. Kids may use words as mental tools to figure things out or to calm themselves down.

"Boys probably benefit more because they are extra-vulnerable to self-control problems to begin with; the boost from thinking and communicating is especially dramatic."

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