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Importance of Understanding Temperament

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Understanding Your Child's Temperament

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Helpful Books!

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Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

By: Dr. Laura Markham

An insightful book about how to better control your emotions and form connections with your child to aid parenting without the use of bribes and punishments.

Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead


By: Brené Brown

A book about how to use vulnerability as an asset to raise children who are courageous and handle conflict as opportunities.

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power Of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves and our Society Thrive

By: Marc Brackett

A book illustrating the importance of Emotional Intelligence and how the acronym R.U.L.E.R can help you thrive!

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Great Schools

School of Education Program

University of Nebraska

Family Dispute
Curious Child
Happy Children

9 Basic Temperament Styles

Managing Student Behavior in the Modern Classroom.

What is Temperament?

This article explains 9 temperament traits such as:

- Sensitivity

- Activity Level

- Regularity

- Approach and Withdrawal

- Adaptability

- Mood

- Intensity

- Persistence

- Distractibility

This article explains some of the reasons behind why a student may act "difficult" in the classroom and how it has to do with a child's temperament and lifestyle at home. Some ways to help manage a classroom with different temperament styles include setting behavior expectations, using positive reinforcement, and staying sensitive to mental health challenges.

This is a quick and easy source from the University of Nebraska's College of Education and Health Sciences that explains the definition of temperament and what it looks like in young children. This source explains that there is no "good or bad" temperament in children, it just is important how their behavioral styles fit in to the classroom and that they are included.

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Navigating Your Child's Temperament

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Toddler Temperament Chart

You must understand a child's temperament if you want to understand their actions and reactions. If you can understand a child's temperament you can reach them more effectively.

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The Four Temperaments

Understanding the four temperaments and what emotions can be found in each of them helps to better understand how to approach the child.

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Child Temperament:  How We Start to Become Ourselves | David C Rettew | TEDxBurlingtonED
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Child Temperament: How We Start to Become Ourselves | David C Rettew | TEDxBurlingtonED

This talk will start with a very brief description of what child temperament is and how it develops over time. Particular attention will be given to how a child’s temperament can pull from the environment certain qualities that often serve to accentuate traits and propel them to become more extreme. The role of a parent will then be discussed, including issues of labelling children and the important task of being able to “override” natural but sometimes suboptimal parental responses. Finally, there will be a short investigation into what we know about the boundaries between what are called temperament or personality traits and what are called psychiatric symptoms or disorders. David Rettew is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He is the Training Director of the UVM Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and the Director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Clinic at the UVM Medical Center. He completed his adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School within the Massachusetts General and McLean Hospital program. Dr. Rettew joined the UVM faculty in 2002 where he divides his time between clinical, teaching and research activities. His main research interest is the role of temperament and personality factors in childhood psychiatric disorders. Dr. Rettew has over 100 published journal articles, chapters, and scientific abstracts on a variety of child mental health topics, including a recent book entitled Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness. He also writes a blog for Psychology Today called the “ABCs of Child Psychiatry.” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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