On Rethink Ed… “5 Social and Emotional Learning Strategies that Strengthen School-to-Home Collaboration”

Over the coming weeks, Jennifer Miller of Confident Parents, Confident Kids will be collaborating with Rethink Ed to discuss practical strategies schools can adopt who are focused on social and emotional learning and want to involve families in partnerships that contribute to their children’s learning. This week, check out the article she wrote for the …

Big Worries, Small Experiments

How Can Parents Support their Children through the Anxiety that Comes with the New School Year and Build Strength, Resilience, and Confidence? As soon as Tina spied her daughter’s face walking toward the car after school, she knew something was wrong. Tina got out and said, “Are you okay?” but daughter Alyssa quickly shut her …

A Simple Idea to Begin Creating Caring Connections between Students, Teachers, and Families

It’s the first day of school. We – Mom, Dad, and son – are thoroughly ready and excited for E’s initiation into sixth grade. We take the traditional pictures at home and walk to school together to gather on the playground. Many other parents are present with their children taking photos and sharing in the …

Getting to Know your Teacher, Getting to Know your Student’s Family

Here’s are Two Simple Tools to Help You Get to Know Your Teachers or Parents! Maybe your children have started back-to-school and if they have not yet, it’s likely you are in the process of getting ready. Either way, over the coming weeks, families and schools will be focused on relationships. Introductions will be made. …

Adjusting to Kindergarten; Exhilarating, Exhausting and Emotional…

How Can You Help Your Five-Year-Old during the Major Transition to All-Day Kindergarten? “We have to go back every day?!” exclaims five-year-old Simon incredulously in the first week of kindergarten. I was reminded of when the nurse told me “only 20 more minutes of pushing and the baby should be out,” during drugless labor. It …

New Podcast on Social and Emotional Learning in Technology

Check out Lunch Bytes hosted by Jill Abbott for the Education Technology Industry Network of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). SIIA serves as the lead trade association globally for the digital content industry with members like Google, Intuit, and Adobe and ETIN offers support for private enterprises that are creating new technology for …

Educators: Want to Connect Parents to Your School’s Focus on Social and Emotional Learning?

Host a Parent Book Club in School Year 2019-2020! Families can learn about their child’s social and emotional development and ways they can promote social and emotional skills alongside educators. The book contains a discussion guide to support readers in their dialogue. “Confident Parents, Confident Kids: Raising Emotional Intelligence in Ourselves and Our Kids—from Toddlers to …

Caring for Our Home Together: Involving Kids at Each Age and Stage

With Tools and Tips! It’s a Sunday afternoon. Mom and Dad have decided that at ten years of age their daughter, Molly, could be taking more responsibility for her contributions to the household. They attempt to set the stage. Mom puts out a snack for family members. She grabs a clipboard, paper, and marker to create …

Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Well-being Going Back to School

“I’m gonna hold onto this couch and never let go!” – E. Miller, Age 6 It’s the morning after our summer vacation at the lake. E awoke and said he had had a nightmare. “My school became a haunted village. A ghost dragged me around the grounds. And all of my school friends were at …

Today! Navigating the Transition to College with Social and Emotional Intelligence

Watch Jennifer Miller’s Interview and Find Out What Parents Can Do! When it comes to making sure your teen is READY for college, it’s very likely you’re thinking about their application, making sure they do campus visits, and that they’re prepared for the SAT. But have you paused to say, “I need to get my …