Tag Archives: self-regulation

You are your child’s first teacher!

You are your child’s first teacher!

I hope you have heard the early years tips on Sun FM each weekday morning and afternoon.  We are quite proud of this project for a few reasons and we hope to continue through the fall and winter.  Through the use of facebook, radio and other online media, we are attempting to share useful, interesting tips for families about enriching their children’s preschool lives.

Here are a few samples of our tips.  Click on the tips to hear the radio ad.

Go outside

To download, click Go outside

Listening

To download, click Listening

Reduce screen time

To download, click Reduce screen time

Independence

To download, click Independence

Discipline with Dignity parent session with Dr. Mendler

Discipline with Dignity parent session with Dr. Mendler

Our monthly parenting series continues with Dr. Allen Mendler, celebrated author of Discipline with Dignity.  Dr. Mendler is an educator and school psychologist, who works throughout the world providing training on classroom and parenting strategies.  Dr. Mendler’s emphasis is on developing effective, respectful frameworks to help youth succeed.

When: Thursday, January 30th, 6:30 – 8 pm

Where: Energetic Learning Campus – west side of Pomeroy Sports Centre

Who: all parents of school aged children

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To download and print this poster, click Dr. Mendler Parent Session Jan 30 2014

Contact Heather for more information, 250-785-5701, or to register.

Daddy and Me December events

Daddy and Me December events

Daddy and Me is an exciting series of events giving dads fun opportunities to get active with their little ones.  Hope to see you at either or both events this month.

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

 

CBC parents

 

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.

Daddy and Me Dec  2013

 

To download and print this poster, click Daddy and Me Dec 2013

The 2014 calendar of events will be out soon.

Parenting Series – The Power of Attachment

Parenting Series – The Power of Attachment

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.

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9 – 12 pm for parents

1 – 4 pm for educators

To download and print this poster, please click Parenting Series – Attachment.Nov 2013

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.


Daddy and Me: Self regulation practice

Daddy and Me: Self regulation practice
Daddy and Me:  Self regulation practice

 

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:

 

  1. Biological – how well the child regulates her internal states and sensory stimulus’ like sight, sound, smells, touch and tastes.
  2. Emotional – how well the child identifies, monitors and modifies her emotional responses
  3. Cognitive – how well the child can sustain and switch her attention; inhibit impulses; deal with frustration, delay gratification, ignore distractions; sequence her thoughts
  4. 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
  5. 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:

  1. children experiencing new sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures, in a very stimulating enviroment
  2. kids and dads managing powerful feelings: excited, joyful, frustrated, sad, angry, scared
  3. taking turns, sharing toys, managing distractions, taking risks
  4. children mastering social rules and learning to help others learn those rules
  5. 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.

 

 

May Daddy and Me events

May Daddy and Me events

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.

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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

 

CBC parents

 

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.

May StrongStart calendars

May StrongStart calendars

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!

DCSS MAY 2013

 

To download and print this calendar, click Duncan Cran StrongStart MAY 2013

ROSS May  2013

 

To download and print this calendar, click Robert Ogilvie StrongStart MAY 2013

 

HH SS May 2013 Calendar

 

To download and print this calendar, click Hudson’s Hope StrongStart MAY 2013

 

Outreach May 2013(1)

 

To download and print this calendar, click StrongStart Outreach May 2013

VSS May. 2013

To download and print this calendar, click Virtual StrongStart MAY 2013

The Ripple Effect of Resiliency

The Ripple Effect of Resiliency

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 Ripple Effect of Resiliency

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