PRACTICAL TIPS FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AT ST. DAVID’S CENTER
Choosing a preschool for your child can feel like a daunting task, especially when there are so many options these days. But this week’s Mom Enough guest, Ashley Reubendale from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, brings very concrete advice on questions to ask about program model, teacher qualifications, discipline and how the program incorporates play and social-emotional learning. Ashley also emphasizes the importance of observing directly in the preschool, describing what to watch for in teacher-child interaction and the overall climate of the school. Read More
Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Three: How What Surrounds Us Changes Us
By Scott Wiley
Have you ever planted seeds with young children? One favorite experiment is to plant seeds in different pots and adjust what you do with each one. One is placed in the window and regularly watered. One is placed in the window but not watered. One is regularly watered but placed in a dark cabinet. After a week or so, compare the pots. How are they the same? How are they different?
What does this have to do with the book study? Well, chapter 3 is all about context … Read More
INSIGHTS FROM CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER MONICA HANDLOS FROM PEDIATRIC HOME SERVICE
When a child has complex health needs or a disability, all family members are affected. Healthy, typically developing siblings often experience a wide range of emotions, including fear, sadness, anger, confusion or guilt. But Monica Handlos of Pediatric Home Service is helping provide support for siblings by helping them find common ground with other children facing similar challenges, guiding them to understand and manage their feelings and helping them and their parents navigate the uncertain path they are traveling. Tune in to learn what to watch for, how to encourage healthy coping and why groups that provide support for siblings are so helpful. Read More
Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Two: How What We Feel Builds the Brain
By Mike Huber
We become early childhood teachers because we want to care for children. If there is a need, we provide for it. We know that we keep children fed and see to their physical needs. Bridging the Relationship Gap gives us a way to look at needs that aren’t as visible. Chapter 2: How What We Feel Builds the Brain helped me get a clearer picture of what is happening in a young child experiencing trauma. It is important to have this understanding, if I as a teacher am going to be effective with these children.
In reading about positive stress, I thought about the way…
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All children (and adults, for that matter) have worries and fears, but some of us, child or adult, worry so much that it interferes with our sleep, appetite, school, work and fun. California psychologist Dr. Dan Peters brings to this week’s Mom Enough show some well-tested practical steps for helping your child learn to manage fear and worries.And, as his two newest books explain, similar strategies will work for you if you are a chronic worrier. Marti & Erin are eager to use Dan’s advice with the worriers in their family, and you will be too! Read More
By Amanda Hodel
I am excited to kick off the first week of this book study for Bridging the Relationship Gap by Dr. Sara Langworthy. I had the pleasure of reading this book very soon after its publication and am eager to re-read it now and examine new ways in which it is applicable to my own work and experiences.
To provide some context, I would like to quickly share how I am involved in this field. I came to my first reading of this book from a very academic background, during the completing of my PhD in Child Development at the University of Minnesota. I am forever grateful for the training provided by the faculty members of this program, as it beautifully emphasized the idea that understanding early relationships is critical if we wish to understand pathways in development – why some children thrive and others seem to struggle.
I would like to share some of my views on some of the most salient points of this chapter and close by reflecting on what we have learned and how we can use this information…
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