We are learning that the softer side of parenting and educating can be more important than anything else we do with kids. In essence, it is not what we do with children that matters; it’s who we are in their lives that counts. With so much information about educating our children and parenting, in general, we can start to doubt our own abilities. Learning about attachment can help parents use their intuition to lead their children.
On Saturday, November 23, you are invited to come meet Dr. Sonia Vellet, an attachment pyschologist from Vancouver, who can help us harness attachment research to work peacefully and successfully with our kids. It has been proven that children with strong attachments to the adults in their lives fare well academically and socially. We hope to see you at the Child Care Resource and Referral office to learn with us later this month.
Dr. Gordon Neufeld, another attachment advocate from Vancouver, granted this interview recently, explaining some basic attachment concepts. This interview might unsettle you a bit. It can open up a lot of new questions. Although the interview is quite long, the conclusion at 17:00 is worth the time.
Please come to discuss your ideas and questions with other parents and with Dr. Vellet on November 23rd.
Dr. Martin Brokenleg’s work on belonging, Dr. Richard Neufeld’s on attachment, Dr. Stuart Shanker’s on self-regulation and Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy program all resonate with me when working with children or raising my own kids. Belonging, attachment, self-regulation and empathy are all pillars of success in children’s lives; they build resiliency.
Monique Gray Smith is presenting on these topics, specifically with respect to Aboriginal children, on May 9th in Dawson Creek. This is a high caliber opportunity at a very low cost.
The Dinosaur event is always super fun and well attended. You and your little one will have LOTS of fun. The gym nights have been slowly growing and are a great way to get exercise, learn to interact with others and play in a boisterous environment. Hope to see you at one or both of the events.
Dad’s and other important male caregivers are essential in the physical, emotional and psychological health of their children. This book by Neil Gaiman is an excellent, honest look at the irreplaceable role Dad’s play in our lives. I highly recommend it.
This CBC article opens the door for more discussion about what ADHD really is and what it means for younger aged students and boys. I don’t have all the answers but if a certain group is more highly represented by this “developmental disorder”, we should all be asking ourselves a few more questions; what is being done to change the environment for the child instead of the child for the environment.
‘Less mature children’ in a class are ‘inappropriately labelled and treated’: UBC researcher
Sir Ken Robinson speaks eloquently about the structure of our educational system in this YouTube clip. He touches on ADHD and offers a very intriguing editorial on how to “treat” it. In this time of educational upheaval, there is always more opportunity for discussion about who we are as parents, as educators, as members of this community.
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Martin Brokenleg coming to our community February 28th. Dr. Martin Brokenleg is a national and internationally re-nowned Lakota Sioux family-care expert and co-author of “Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future”. This event is open to the public.