Using The Flip it! Method to Promote Healthy Social-Emotional Development

Healthy social-emotional development is essential to a child’s ability to form close and secure relationships with adults and peers, to explore the environment and learn, and to develop healthy emotional regulation skills.  Sometimes, when a child is having a challenging moment, it can be hard to know just how to respond to promote healthy social-emotional […]

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Introducing Mindfulness Practice to Children

Research indicates that mindfulness practice helps children increase their emotional regulation, ability to demonstrate empathy, and ability to focus on an activity.  When children practice mindfulness, the part of the brain the controls executive functioning, the prefrontal cortex, is activated.  You can think of the prefrontal cortex like the air traffic control center of the […]

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Things I Know For Sure… Volume 1

Over the years, I have picked up various pieces of knowledge and wisdom as I navigate this crazy journey of life.  In this series, I will share a few things each week that I know for sure.  Here’s my disclaimer: I never say never.  I’ve learned my lesson on that one.  I’m pretty sure the […]

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Holiday Season Sanity Savers for Parents

Ahhhhh, the holidays.  I absolutely love the holiday season.  It’s that lovely time of year filled with magic, wonder, excitement, and joy.  Unfortunately, there’s a downside too.  For both children and parents, the holidays often also come with lots of overwhelm, overstimulation, and dysregulation.  Amidst the presents, the wrapping, the baking, the in-laws, and all […]

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The Social-Emotional Needs of Infants and Toddlers

Whenever I work with a childcare provider, preschool teacher, or parent, I am always thinking about social-emotional development through the framework of the 10 social-emotional needs of infants and toddlers, as outlined in the Promoting First Relationships curriculum.  I like to say that these are actually the social-emotional needs of all humans, but take a […]

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