2 Mar

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 4 (LANGWORTHY) *LIMITED*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Four: How What We Experience Shapes Us
By Tom Lent

In Chapter 4, “How What We Experience Shapes Us,” the forms, frequency and consequences of early adversity are discussed, as well as some suggested, appropriate approaches.

Abuse, neglect, domestic violence, extreme poverty, trafficking, natural disasters, chronic malnutrition, witnessing violent acts, and/or Read More


27 Feb

Mondays with ME: CHOOSING A PRESCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD

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


16 Feb

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 3 (LANGWORTHY) *LIMITED*

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


13 Feb

Mondays with ME: SUPPORT FOR SIBLINGS OF CHILDREN WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS OR DISABILITY

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


9 Feb

Beyond the Pages Book Study: Chapter 2 (Langworthy) *Limited*

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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6 Feb

Mondays with ME: HELPING A WORRIER CHILD TAME THE “WORRY MONSTER”

A CONVERSATION WITH PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR DR. DAN PETERS

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