Did you know that the most rapid brain growth occurs in the first three years of life?
Your little one is in the very beginning stages of creating the neural pathways that will influence future thought processes and behaviors. When it comes to emotional intelligence, or the ability to recognize and manage emotions, they are developing habits and forming patterns very quickly.
Because a child’s ability to act and reason is so low, they rely heavily on the environment and relationships to help them understand their little world. …
So your child’s been living through a world-wide pandemic. At first, maybe the cancelation of school was exciting and video chatting Grandma was fun.
But since, your child has probably shown signs that this global crisis has actually had a serious affect.
Some parents have seen their children misbehave more often or even regress developmentally — talking like a baby, ditching their potty-training, or suddenly having sleep problems. Experts assure us that this is normal and something to be expected during times of dramatic change.
With loads of patience and understanding, we can help our children respond resiliently to this…
About 10–15 percent of third-through-sixth graders are bullied once every week. Likewise, 32 percent of children have been bullied in the past month. Bullying is a global issue, and regardless which end of it your child is on, it’s inevitable that they will experience bullying at some point.
And while bullying can have extremely negative and even long-term effects, it’s possible to protect your children by helping them develop emotional intelligence.
Research has proven that emotional intelligence and bullying are negatively correlated, meaning that the more emotionally intelligent a person is the less likely they are to bully or suffer…
As a teacher or homeschooler who is passionate about educating children, utilizing SEL is one of the most significant ways you can make a positive impact and teach kids the real-life skills they need to be emotionally healthy, happy, successful adults.
As teachers and homeschoolers, you’re already busy teaching the core curriculum and making sure your students reach required benchmarks. The idea of adding another dimension to your teaching might feel overwhelming — impossible, even.
But did you know that when children are taught social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom, they actually perform better? …
Critical thinking is more important than ever, especially for our kids. False advertising, political misinformation, online predators — there are many potential dangers to our children and their underdeveloped minds. As parents and caregivers, we can help our children learn how to think critically.
This is an essential skill for our children — one that will help them become independent thinkers who know how to analyze facts and responsibly choose what and who to believe.
Here are a few ideas to help:
Oftentimes, we determine specific consequences for our kids when they break a rule. If they fail to do…
The far-reaching effects of the pandemic have opened our eyes wider than ever to our children’s needs and the reality that their mental health matters — and is as vulnerable as our own.
Fortunately, people around the world are taking a greater interest in mental health — especially when it comes to children. Stigmas surrounding mental and emotional struggles and disorders are being broken, and discussions about treatment and prevention have intensified.
The far-reaching effects of the pandemic have opened our eyes wider than ever to our children’s needs and the reality that their mental health matters — and is…
Countless studies have proven that the kind of expectations parents have impact how children perform.
What do you expect your child to do every day? Make their bed, choose their own outfit, brush their teeth without prompting? How do you expect them to perform in school? Are Bs good enough, or barely acceptable? What about how they perform in extracurricular activities or interact with friends? And lastly, the big question: who do you expect them to become? Hopefully words like kind, inclusive, hard working, and honest come to mind.
Whether you’re aware of them or not, you have expectations for…
We can still consider this tech-filled world as uncharted territory, but there are proactive ways to help our kids use technology in an emotionally intelligent way.
Ever wonder what it was like to raise kids 30 years ago?
You had a landline phone that rang a few times a day and a single TV, situated in the living room and turned on only occasionally. The iPads, Nintendo switch, smartphones, and laptops? They didn’t exist. Your kids’ idea of entertainment was a game of tag outside with friends. …
Teaching your children to learn and believe in inclusion will help them become emotionally intelligent adults who can contribute to their community and encourage the world to move toward greater inclusion and love.
You probably don’t need convincing that it’s important for your children to learn to be inclusive. Both historical and current events have shown how critical inclusion is in creating happy and healthy classrooms, communities, and workplaces. Still, grown adults sometimes say and do hurtful things that exclude others because of differences in beliefs, status, or even appearance.
It’s no surprise that exclusive behaviors usually stem from patterns…
What do you want most for your children? Parents are asked this question time and again. The most common answer? “I just want them to be happy.”
But is the way we’re raising our children evidence of that ultimate goal?
Countless studies have been conducted to learn what truly makes us happy. Researchers have found certain behaviors, practices, and values that are all correlated with happiness. But in a study that compared hope, optimism, gratitude, and life satisfaction to overall well-being, guess which virtue won out?
Maybe the abundance of gratitude journals gave it away, or the classic idiom…