Self regulation is a hot button topic in our world. We are becoming more aware of the affects of constant stimulus on our bodies and our concentration. This interaction with our world comes from our senses, our emotions, other people, our impulses and reactions and our thoughts. As Dr. Stuart Shanker teaches, there are five formal domains of self-regulation:
- Biological – how well the child regulates her internal states and sensory stimulus’ like sight, sound, smells, touch and tastes.
- Emotional – how well the child identifies, monitors and modifies her emotional responses
- Cognitive – how well the child can sustain and switch her attention; inhibit impulses; deal with frustration, delay gratification, ignore distractions; sequence her thoughts
- Social – the child’s mastery of rules of socially appropriate behaviour; how well the child can co-regulate or help others to participate in social norms
- Pro-social – the desire and ability to develop and sustain relationships, support and care for others, act inclusively and be an engaged member of a community
Each domain builds on the others to help us stay calm, alert and focused. This is most easily learned while playing, being physically active and in close relationship with people who love us. Daddy and Me Gym Night and Families in Motion are monthly opportunities to practice all of these skills in a playful environment.
As I observed the play at Daddy and Me this month, I noticed examples of:
- children experiencing new sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures, in a very stimulating enviroment
- kids and dads managing powerful feelings: excited, joyful, frustrated, sad, angry, scared
- taking turns, sharing toys, managing distractions, taking risks
- children mastering social rules and learning to help others learn those rules
- Playing, creating and problem solving with others, sharing and including others
Look closely at these photos and see if you can find clues of how these kids are learning to live happily in their bodies and in their community. This is not an easy task in the modern world.
As always, I am grateful to participate in a monthly event where so much learning takes place in such an authentic and fun environment. Please join us Wednesday, November 13th at Robert Ogilvie Gym.
The FSJ Literacy Society offer a free family literacy program for parents with children 0-6. The fall program has many openings this fall. It is a great program; parents study whatever they choose: high-school courses; driver’s manual; improve reading comprehension; math skills; courses for work, etc. Adults don’t have to be taking a formal course; they can study for personal goals. There is a teacher on-site to tutor all participants. Parents bring their children and there is free childcare. The children play with a licensed ECE instructor while they study. The Literacy Society provides healthy snacks and free bus passes. The program is offered Tuesday & Thursday mornings each week.
Register by calling 250-785-2110 or email email@example.com
Start any time between Sept 2013 – April 2014, if spaces are available
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday
Located at Ridgeview Lanes, 8424 – 92 Ave
To download and print this poster, click 2013-14 CHOOSE Poster
Our programs are running full strength again. Library and gym times are all arranged. Come join us for our evening, Family StrongStart nights on October 7th at Duncan Cran and October 10th at Robert Ogilvie.
To download and print, click FSJ SttrongStart October 2013
To download and print, click HH StrongStart October 2013
To download and print, click Virtual StrongStart Oct.2013
To download and print this calendar, cilck October 2013 RPC Calendar
FSJ LOVES Families Week runs Saturday, October 5th to Saturday, October 12th. Each year, the number and variety of family friendly events grows. Success by 6, Children First and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union have once again sponsored and coordinated this amazing opportunity to celebrate our strongest natural resource, families. Hope to see you out and about with your family!
To download and print this poster, click FSJ LOVES FAMILIES WEEK 2013
To download and print this schedule of events, click PASSPORT TO FAMILY FUN 2013
Following feedback from parents, we have been able to juggle our staffing to improve our StrongStart hours. Both Duncan Cran StrongStart and Robert Ogilvie StrongStart are now open every morning, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Please check out the new calendars and drop into our newly renovated centres.
To download and print this calendar, click FSJ StrongStart SEPTEMBER 2013 – new schedule
In August, volunteers from Progress Energy came into both Fort St. John StrongStarts to help us renovate. For those of you who have been to StrongStart, you will notice changes to the colours and the atmosphere in both centres. Please come see us and speak with Pam and Lana about the new look.
Robert Ogilvie StrongStart
Duncan Cran StrongStart
Our excellent volunteers, hard at work! Many thanks to the United Way, Progress Energy and W. Turner Gas & Oil Service Ltd. for making these changes possible.
Our last Daddy and Me events before the summer break are fast approaching. The visit to Heartbreak Acres is always a big hit.
To download or print this poster, please click Daddy and Me June 2013
Please remember that Daddy and Me is a dads and male caregivers only monthly event.
Both May events are early in the month. Hope we’ve given you enough notice. As always, these events are FREE and drop-in. Come when you can; Pam and Jaimelia are always happy to see you.
To download and print this poster, click Daddy and Me May 2013
As, always, we celebrate the importance of dads in healthy families. Whether this program suits your family or not, we hope to increase awareness about how AWESOME dads are. Dads matter for many reasons but here’s a moving post about Why Dads Matter – Especially for Girls
Dads are also more likely to play physically than moms. This could be rough and tumble play, object play or tag. This is a generalization but it is another facet of how dads can support kids. This blog post from the CBC describes how a simple game of catch can layer in life skills for your kids. Physical activity helps kids build life skills.
Usually it is April when we see a resurgence of families at StrongStart due to the milder weather. Although we are still getting a healthy number of families attending, we are still waiting for the spring rush. Hopefully May brings us some sunny days and above zero temperatures. Ha! Hope to see you soon!
To download and print this calendar, click Duncan Cran StrongStart MAY 2013
To download and print this calendar, click Robert Ogilvie StrongStart MAY 2013
To download and print this calendar, click Hudson’s Hope StrongStart MAY 2013
To download and print this calendar, click StrongStart Outreach May 2013
To download and print this calendar, click Virtual StrongStart MAY 2013
Many Family Place programs are winding down. But Parent/Child Mother Goose and Daddy and Me contintue until June. Drop by.
To download or print this poster, click 2013 April-June Poster