Understanding temperament and behavior

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on how to understand your child's temperament and how understanding his or her temperament can help in parenting
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Understanding temperament and behavior

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If you can understand your child's temperament, which is your child's behavior style, it will be easy to understand your child behavior. Think about it. If you have a very active and intense child, they need to be doing things. They can't sit quietly and pretend everything is okay. If your child is cautious, slow to adapt, then you need to understand that when they do not want to go to that swimming lesson, it's not because they are being stubborn. It's because they are being shy. They are cautious. They need your acceptance. They need your understanding. We all come in the world differently. Doctors learned that parents really did well when they saw the goodness of fit, between the parents temperament and the child's. So if I'm intense, and my son is intense, we are going to escalate, unless I learn to calm down and breath. Understand that we are passionate, but we don't have to act out our passion in the moment of anger.

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on how to understand your child's temperament and how understanding his or her temperament can help in parenting

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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