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HVP March 2015

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26 Hudson Valley Parent ■ March 2015 them to think of ways to contribute to their community. When tweens and teens understand that they can make a worthwhile contribution, their life may stop revolving around the iGizmo, fancy vacation, or designer jeans. "Tweens and teens should understand that we all have a responsibility to our family and our community," says Lowe-Greenlee. "And we don't just take, we give back." Malia Jacobson is a nationally published health and parenting jour- nalist and mom. ENTITLEMENT TRAP (Continued from Page 25) Learning to be entitlement-free through play • Learning to play a board game teaches your child to take turns, to wait to move spaces, and that someone will fi nish second. • Playing with dolls or action fi gures gives your child an outlet for social drama: acting bossy, acting aggressive, or acting like a baby. • Mastering a challenging jungle gym teaches your child to keep trying and that muscles get stronger. • Making mud pies might be the perfect place to learn stress management. • Negotiating positions in a game helps your child recognize other people's perspectives and his strengths relative to other people's needs. Excerpted from 'The Entitle- ment-Free Child" by Karen Deerwester

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