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Lessons from a Preschooler by Dr. Allan Hunter

I ’ve noticed that the concept of a toy is a very broad one – and one that can tell us a few things if we are alert. Little Zoe (4) has always chosen her toys based on her imagination. Yes, the cardboard box is often more enthralling than what’s in it, and that’s always [...]

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Lessons from a Preschooler by Dr. Allan Hunter

One day I had a bad cold and couldn’t babysit. So I called up my daughter to tell her. Little Ellie (just 3) immediately said, “Let’s take grampy some soup to make him well!” Zoe (almost 5) immediately wondered how they could get soup to me without spilling it. There’s a little of Zoe and [...]

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PREVIEW: The Under-Acknowledged Role of Parental Relationships by Dr. Allan Hunter

Parenting has many aspects to it and no one ever gets it right all the time. Yet there is one aspect that gets overlooked that is the key to the whole thing. And that is: how the parent deals with other adults, especially the spouse (if there is one). Your attitude is the vital component. [...]

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The Under-Acknowledged Role of Parental Relationships by Dr. Allan Hunter

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Lessons from a Preschooler: Time by Allan Hunter

Take time to let me see things. If I’m walking along and I get distracted by a pebble or a bottle cap it’s because I haven’t seen many of them, and they’re fascinating. I want to stop and look. Every flower is an adventure for me. So don’t hurry me along or drag me away. [...]

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What’s in a Name? By Dr. Allan Hunter

Have you ever noticed how children of all ages love to write their names? They do it over and over again on the covers of their school books – not just once. They love to practice signatures in different ways, too, to see which one appeals to them most, and they love (and sometimes hate) nicknames. Copying a signature isn’t always done in order to forge a hall-pass!

What’s actually happening is that the young person is trying out various ways she wants to use to present herself to the world, and a ‘cool’ signature is one way of doing that.

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PREVIEW: What Your Children Can Teach You – If You Let Them Part 2 By Dr Allan Hunter

Lessons our children can teach us – if we pay attention. In Part 1 I suggested that young children of five or less, most of whom are in the Innocent archetype - can teach us important lessons about love, forgiveness and being fully present. They certainly can teach us other things, too, especially about creativity. [...]

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