– exhibiting sensitivity Art – the creation of works of beauty or other special significance – the exercise of human skill – imaginative skill as applied to representations of the natural world or figments of the imagination Being artistic is a human… Read More
Check out this brand new (45 second) video introduction to Confident Parents, Confident Kids! I hope you will share it and help introduce others to this dialogue for parents on promoting kids’ social and emotional development. Together we can become confident parents… Read More
– honesty of mind : freedom from hypocrisy1 About Sincerity: Who “To be or not to be? That is the question.” Though Shakespeare questioned the choice of existence, the question of our authenticity may be just as important and fundamental. Psychologists have… Read More
Category: About, Modeling Social and Emotional Skills, Practicing Social and Emotional Skills Tags: "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", Authentic self, Children, Courage, Elements of a Confident Kid, false self, Honesty, Logical consequences, Responsible decision-making, Self awareness, Self-identity, Self-reflection, Sense of self, Sincerity, Social awareness, Social identity, Telling the truth, True self
: a union between people, groups or countries: a relationship in which people agree to work together.1 There will be numerous opportunities throughout a child’s academic years to practice engaging in an alliance. Individuals need not agree on interests or even like… Read More
/no/ – used to give a negative answer or reply to a question, request, or offer 1 About Children and the Evolution of “No.” If your child was anything like mine between the ages of two and three, “No! No! No!” was… Read More
Category: About, Modeling Social and Emotional Skills, Practicing Social and Emotional Skills Tags: "Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child", Assertiveness, Boundaries, Elements of a Confident Kid, Emotional coaching, John Gottman, Model, Moral development, Practice, Responsible decision-making, Responsive environment, Saying "No!"
Oh the places you’ll go! The worlds you will visit! The friends you will know! – Dr. Seuss1 “What are you guys up to?” I say to the three six-year-old friends in my living room. “We’re sharing our books!” one says with… Read More
Category: Building a Positive Family Environment Tags: Connection to others, Creativity, Cultural understanding, Empathy, Imagination, Learning pressure, Learning to read, Moral development, Perspective taking, Reading, Reading pressure, Responsible decision-making, Self awareness, Self-identity, Self-management, Social awareness, Story in social and emotional development
The sun is nervous as a kite that can’t quite keep its own string tight. Some days are fair, and some are raw. The timid earth decides to thaw. Shy budlets peep from twigs on trees, and robins join the chickadees. Pale… Read More
Category: Building a Positive Family Environment, Practicing Social and Emotional Skills Tags: Awareness, Body awareness, Breath awareness, Empathy, Environmental awareness, Focus on learning, Mindfulness, Presence, Responsible decision-making, Self control, Sensory awareness, Stress reduction, Thought awareness
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi “Sammy took my Star Wars Lego out of my hand today at indoor recess. But I forgave him. He loves them too.” relayed my six year old… Read More
I heard the news today, oh boy… – “A Day in the Life,” The Beatles When national or local news reports a situation in which a person has made a harmful choice effecting children’s lives, I begin to go down the black… Read More
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. – Brene Brown Boundary lines define the playing field. They outline the perimeter and if you step outside, you are, at least temporarily, out… Read More
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