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Temperament and Parenting

Discussion about temperament and discipline.

Temperament Podcasts

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Drop in on season three of the Science of Parenting Podcast as co-hosts Lori Hayungs and Mackenzie Johnson reveal there is no bad or good temperament. Each trait has assets and liabilities.
Podcast writer Barb Dunn Swanson helps encourage learning to understand, appreciate and work with the trait as that is what builds positive parenting opportunities.
Producer Mackenzie DeJong tries to stump the hosts with questions about how temperament applies to real life.
Go check it out!

The Science of Parenting: Temperament Podcast Series

 Season 3 Podcast Index-August to November,2020


Posted 11/19/20. The big 'A-HA'.
Posted 11/12/20. Going bold.
Posted 11/05/20. About those easy kids.
Posted 10/29/20. Baby steps.
Posted 10/22/20. Bring out the best.
Posted 10/15/20. The rhythm of life.
Posted 10/08/20. Dealing with difficult behavior.
Posted 10/01/20. Proceeding with caution.
Posted 09/24/20. Finding focus.
Posted 09/17/20. Learning to adapt.
Posted 09/10/20. All about sleep.
Posted 09/04/20. It takes some energy.
Posted 08/27/20. Celebrate Persistence.
Posted 08/21/20. Calm, Cool and Collected.
Posted 08/13/20. It Makes Sense.
Posted 08/12/20. Temperament Resources.
Posted 08/06/20. Its in Their Nature.


A new addition to the family can be met with wonder, anticipation and perhaps many questions. Who will this child of mine become? Will I know what to do, to take care of this precious little one? New life brings all kinds of questions for parents. Every new life is a unique creation full of individual traits. These traits are causes for celebration! Join The Science of Parenting team as they explore "temperament".

What is temperament? Temperament can be described as the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; or the natural predisposition someone possesses.

Parents, as first educators of their children, can support the temperament of their children in a variety of ways. A parent's reaction to a child's behaviors, will be the child's first notion about appropriateness of their behaviors and responses. When we acknowledge that their temperament is a gift and is preparing them for all the many joys and challenges they will face in their lifetime, we can then choose how we respond. We can respond with frustration if we are tired, overwhelmed, or upset. We can also respond with patience, calm, and reassurance so that our child knows that behaviors can be managed, and as parents we will be there to help them learn to manage their own behaviors.

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