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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1988
Addresses the pressures of early academic learning among young children and presents parents with three guidelines for pursuing early learning experiences: readiness, observation, and options. (BB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Educational Opportunities, Guidelines
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1992
Discusses how parents can discipline their children successfully. Distinguishes between punishment, permissiveness, and discipline. Provides parents with guidelines on positive steps in disciplining their children with practices that are appropriate to the child's age and developmental level, especially infants, toddlers, and preschool children.…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Rearing, Discipline, Family Environment
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1991
Offers guidelines for use in questioning children about incidents of sexual abuse. Guidelines concern children's cognitive capabilities, social and emotional responses, and language abilities. Includes the story of a 4.5-year-old girl who was questioned in court. (BB)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Case Studies, Child Abuse, Cognitive Ability
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O'Brien, Shirley J. – Childhood Education, 1990
Discusses five myths associated with parents' giving praise or positive feedback to their children. Myths are children thrive on praise; praise increases a child's self-confidence; lavish praise is not addictive; praise motivates children; and parents should practice withholding praise to toughen up children. (BB)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Motivation Techniques, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Materials