You mark your child's physical and developmental milestones, but how can you measure their feelings? Counselors Sissy Goff and David Thomas discuss children's emotional milestones – like emotional vocabulary, perspective, and empathy – and offer practical advice for how parents can help cultivate these milestones. (Part 1 of 2)

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    Emotional Development

    You can guide your children into an emotionally healthy future by using these steps to help you communicate understanding to your child to help her navigate negative feelings.

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    Are You Emotionally Connected to Your Family?

    It's true that emotional connection doesn't come easily for many men. But God desires that we engage our families wholeheartedly — with all our heart, soul, mind and strength!

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    How to Create Emotional Word Pictures

    An emotional word picture is a tool that simultaneously activates the emotions and intellect of the listener. When you use a word picture to communicate, it can go straight into your spouse's heart.

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    Helping Children Cope Emotionally After Traumatic Events and Experiences

    How can I make sure that my children will recover from the emotional impact of disaster and trauma? I'm especially concerned about the long-term effects. Over the past month our community has been devastated by a terrible flood. The impact to my family has included the loss of our home, interruption of work and school, loss of income, physical deprivation, and overwhelming anxiety about the future. The immediate danger is past, but I realize that we're going to be coping with the emotional and psychological effects of this disaster for a long time to come. How can I help my kids get beyond this traumatic experience?

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    Counseling Services and Referrals

    Focus on the Family offers one-time complimentary consultation from a Christian perspective.

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