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Don’t we all want to Raise Caring, Courageous Kids?

The Greater Good Science Centre at UC Berkeley has created a series of videos for parents that provide research-based tools to help guide you in raising empathetic, kind, independent, and thriving children. Parenting can be a tough, humbling, and puzzling, and education tools can be really helpful. Please click below and be sure to watch the whole series!Read more [...]

Our Need for Connection

Relationships are critical to our development.The brain needs connection to develop to its fullest emotional potential. The limbic brain, in charge of emotional development, needs environmental stimulation (that's us parents) to function well. Good limbic functioning means successfully learning to connect with others and identify and regulate feelings. Research has found that extended eye contact affects blood pressure and heart rate, supporting that our brains crave connection.The brain Read more [...]

M.O.V.E. Tool for communicating with your kids

M.O.V.E. is an acronym for a communication tool to address the immediate, emotional needs of your child. What I like about M.O.V.E. is that it gives you something easy to remember and implement when you are having a hard time with your child and can't think clearly. I have many opportunities to practice M.O.V.E. with my kids and so will you. Here are the four things to keep in mind: Mirror When your child is speaking to you, (or screaming), listen to their words, and mirror back what you see Read more [...]

The Importance of empathy

EmpathyEmpathy supports the development of emotional self-awareness. When we, as parents, regularly empathize with our kids, we teach lifelong tools to process feelings. Our job is to help them experience their emotions as appropriate to the situation. We can allow them to own their feelings without shame. We can also normalize feelings, helping them understand that most people would feel the same way in a similar situation.  In addition, we can assist them to develop language for identifying Read more [...]

GMC approved: The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin

The Overprotected Kid A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.Hanna RosinMARCH 19, 2014A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens in half an hour.” Down a path and across a grassy square, 5-year-old Dylan can hear them through the window of his nana’s front room. Read more [...]