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Best Feelings Games For Children

If you’re reading this, you probably care quite a bit about your child’s ability to process feelings, demonstrate self-regulation and be a kind, empathetic person.  This is so important, right?  Probably more so than academic skills like reading and math ( in my humble opinion).  Social emotional skills will be the backbone of your child’sRead more

Why Watching the Sad Part of the Movie is OK

Disney movies are a hallmark of childhood.  I loved them and my boys did too.  But I always wondered why Disney chooses to kill off parents in seemingly every single movie. Bambi (mother shot), The Fox and the Hound (mother shot), Jungle Book (mother killed by tiger), Tarzan (mother killed by leopard), The Hunchback ofRead more

Teach Diversity and Acceptance With This Book

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

This Book Could Spell Success For Your Fearful Preschooler

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

Fun Social Emotional Videos (Volume One)

If you are like most parents, you have a certain “reliance” on YouTube.  Perhaps its when you are waiting on a prescription at the drugstore and your child is restlessly taking magazines off of the shelf.  Perhaps its when you are trying to get dinner on the table.  Perhaps its waiting on a flight atRead more

How Does Her Face Look? Teaching Your Child to Read Facial Expressions.

A social skill that we adults often take for granted is the ability to decipher how someone is feeling by reading his or her facial expressions.  We probably do this multiple times a day without giving it a second thought.   Interestingly, it is not a skill that most are born with.  It takes lotsRead more

Etsy Products We Love.

One of our favorite places to look for social emotional products is Etsy.  Because so many mamas, dads and teachers have Etsy shops on the side, it is a fantastic way to see what ideas are working for others.  Check out what we found:   Blue Umbrella Designs is selling this awesome feelings chart.  ThisRead more

Helping Your Child Through Deployment

In 2015, there were over 150,000 US servicemen and women stationed overseas. While some were able to take families with them, most left behind husbands, wives, and children. With so many children dealing with the deployment of a parent, we thought it was important to recognize deployment as a real factor in the social emotionalRead more

Moving To A New House

Moving is always stressful – whether across the country or just across town.  If it is stressful for adults, you can bet its stressful for children.  Change is hard and moving to a new home and/or town is a big change!  Here are some ideas to make moving a little easier for your child, fromRead more

How to Explain Death to Young Children.

When a loved one dies, it is hard on the entire family.  For a toddler, it can be especially confusing.  Toddlers are amazingly perceptive and will quickly pick up on an adult’s sadness and grief, no matter how much the adult tries to act like everything is ok.  In addition, young children have no conceptRead more