Happy First International #SEL Day

Yes, this is the first time that the world comes together to celebrate and recognize the critical importance of social and emotional skills in our roles as parents and educators and for raising confident kids! Social and emotional learning is a framework for understanding and cultivating essential skills that help us come to deeply understand …

Spring Breaking At Home

A Week of Joyful Challenges and Shared Responsibilities This year it seems we’ll have an enforced staycation for spring break. Ours falls this week – earlier than most as we began on Monday with our first official no-school day. I took comfort in the school schedule last week. So admittedly, I was daunted by the …

Do You Have an Emotional Safety Plan?

Prepare Yourself and Your Family for Emotional Fires… Hospitals have assembled incident command systems, or plans for teams to address the extensive health care needs from the COVID-19 pandemic. States are issuing orders for statewide shutdowns of restaurants, schools, events, and even, borders. And we, as families, are encouraged to stay home. While all this …

Join Us for Morning Announcements with the Miller Family on Facebook Live

Set the Tone for Your Learning Day at Home… Jennifer Miller of CPCK and her family — son, Ethan and husband, Jason will be doing morning announcements for families (just like schools do morning public announcements). Join us at 8:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Facebook Live each weekday morning through our feed: https://www.facebook.com/confidentparentsconfidentkids or …

My Kid’s School is Closed, So Now What?

Supporting your Children’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Guest Author, Pamela McVeagh-Lally As the spread of COVID-19 causes more and more school closures across the United States, we, parents and caregivers, are faced with the daunting reality of needing to stay at home with our children for weeks and possibly …

Need Your Help!

Help Spread the Word… With this new book, I set out to inspire and support parents and offer a new way to view their roles and their children through an empathetic, loving and informed lens in this incredibly tough and meaningful journey raising kids. This represents a decade of research, writing, and practice work along …

Parenting and Dealing with Illness

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. – Tori Amos With one dear friend parent recovering from surgery, another quarantined with her family for Coronavirus (COVID-19), and our family dealing with walking pneumonia, I’m reflecting a lot on the set of challenges facing …

Families, Food, and Children’s Social and Emotional Development

Food is a daily part of our experience with our children. It serves as the convener at every holiday, social occasion, and meaningful event. Food is inextricably linked to our children’s social and emotional development contributing to a sense of belonging, connection, well-being, security and nourishment. Because food is such a consistent presence in our …

Anger in Families: Understanding It and Teaching Children to Manage It

“That’s mine!” Sophie heard her daughter scream at her younger sibling from the next room. As Sophie turned her attention to the unfolding scene, she saw her upset child swipe a doll out of the hands of her sister and hit her across the shoulder. What should Sophie do next? Young children, as they begin …

On NTD News…”Parent-Teacher Bond to Teach Social, Emotional Learning”

Recently, the following news story aired on NTD News emphasizing that 1.) schools are increasingly focusing on children’s social and emotional development, and 2.) children will benefit from social and emotional learning in a broader and deeper way if parents, children’s first social and emotional teachers, are meaningful partners in the education process. Thank you, …

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