As parents and teachers we are used to soothing, comforting, explaining and fixing. It is on our job description. ​ We need to remember that emotions won't break us or the child, and in fact, avoiding some emotions like anxiety can make them grow. https://youtu.be/nhr0nwmRHW4 TIPS: If the child's emotional distress is causing you to feel anxious or angry, take a minute to decompress​Waiting until you are centered before you respond creates the calm regulation ...

There are a number of ideas and strategies you can implement in order to help your child/student become independent. First, begin by discussing what independence looks like and then develop routines and strategies that can foster this. You can explicitly teach children/students what independence looks like and understand the criteria to be successful at this. You can either present or co-construct ...

Being able to think, learn and make good choices independently remains one of the most important skills that a child can acquire.​ While "spoon feeding" children can sometimes offer the most direct route to observable progress, it is possible to support academic, behavioural and social-emotional development in ways that allow for independence without sacrificing growth, outcomes or results​. https://youtu.be/DlMjZa2Qszg There are three important factors required in order for our ...

In the past 7 months most parents have spent more time supporting their child’s learning then ever before and many have expressed concern as to how they can ensure their child is academically successful.   For some parents there is heightened anxiety about future jobs and resources. This often has lead to unreasonably high expectations for students where the definition of failure has changed from getting a “D” ...

Fear is a one of six universal emotions and it is critical for the survival of the human species. Our brain’s main purpose is to make predictions to keep us safe. It is constantly scanning the environment for potential threat. The brain loves predictability because the threat level is already known. When we are presented with a situation that seems ...

https://youtu.be/wWT83Z1-azw There have been multiple times in history when the education of children and youth have been disrupted, but never have so many students been impacted. Currently about 90% of the world’s children are not in school and parents and professionals are wondering about the potential long-term impacts. Will they make up any learning gaps? Will they experience trauma or ...

“We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”George Bernard Show  Being with your child at home for extended periods of time gives you the increased opportunity to help your child grow and learn through play. Play is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Some researchers define play as “an activity that is intrinsically motivated, entails active engagement, and results in ...

As the school year draws to a close many parents and students are worried about what September might bring. From learning gaps to increased mental health difficulties the potential for all sorts of problems related to the impact of the pandemic and subsequent suspension of classes have been topics of concern. How can parents and their children enjoy the summer ahead if they are in a state of ...

We are fortunate as Canadians, in the province of Alberta, that for most of us the last few months, while challenging, have not been as traumatic as in other parts of the world due to our many social safety nets. As we move into “Phase II” of the pandemic recovery, it is a perfect opportunity for parents/caregivers and their children to engage in self-reflection and identify the new skills ...

Significant changes in our lives can bring feelings of grief and loss. Loss is a universal human experience that has been compounded for many during this pandemic. All of us have lost the feeling of being able to assume how our days and lives might unfold and this lack of being able to plan can diminish our sense of consistency, predictability and safety. ...