Parenting With the HEART in Mind
Weekly parenting tips to grow the social and emotional capacity of your children and family.
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September, 15 – Homework Struggles
Many students struggle when it comes to homework. Their stress tends to be exacerbated by three primary challenges: procrastinating, feeling overwhelmed and struggling to retain information. If this sounds like your child, you probably want to know how to support them now, so they can be more successful later on. Check out this helpful article with tools for each one of those primary challenges.
September, 8 – Communication
How many times have you asked your child ‘How was school today?’ and got a ‘good’ without any more details? After 7 hours being in school, you would think they have something to share, right? If you want to get more information about your child’s day, try changing the question. For example, saying something like ‘Tell me about a conversation you had with a friend today that made you excited’. For other suggestions, check out this article from instructional coach and author, Elena Aguilar, published in Edutopia.
September, 1 – Using emotional intelligence as a parent
Parenting requires resilience, strong negotiation skills, and a large amount of patience. Dr. Anabel Jensen, founder of the global EQ network Six Seconds, says that “parenting is like trying to stand up in a hammock and not spill your lemonade.” Can you relate? In this article, Dr. Jensen explains how to use emotional intelligence in your parenting and change the way you fight with your kids by pausing, prioritizing, and looking at your options. Handy printable handout in the article.
August, 25 – Responding to children’s behavior
Children sometimes react to daily situations in ways that parents don’t understand. What’s the big deal about…wearing white socks? Brushing hair before school? Or grabbing a jacket? You name the challenge! Parents sometimes react to children’s behaviors, without considering the underlying thoughts or emotions that drive these behaviors. So, how do you do it? There is a great tool called “parent mentalizing”, which means seeking to understand our own and our child’s behaviors from the perspective of underlying mental states, such as thoughts, feelings, and needs. Check out this article from the Greater Good Science Center to learn how to put it into practice.
August, 18 – School is in session
Ready or not, here it comes! School starts next week. With a little preparation, you can make the transition back to school a little easier for children and adults too. Check out these great tips from Aha Parenting, and make sure you pay attention to your own needs as well. It is a big transition for everybody in the family! Here’s to a great start of the school year.
August, 11th – Back to School
“Emotional preparedness for school is just as important as the school supplies we carefully purchase, label, and organize to get our children ready for their first day.” Jennifer Miller, Family SEL Consultant.
Summer is almost over, and the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. Going back to school can be an exciting time for your child, but as with any transition, it can also be fraught with worry, fear and a sense of loss. Ease the transition back to school with these great tips from Confident Parents, Confident Kids.
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