3 days ago
Trauma-Informed Teaching Tips for Educators & Traumatized Students

Helpful blog with links and tips! “As teachers are the adults who see students for the longest periods of time throughout the day, they play a critical role in recognizing the symptoms of trauma and treating it at the classroom level. After reading our brief synopsis on trauma, check out the tips below that are absolutely essential for anyone working with trauma.”

Poverty, violence, hunger, abuse, and an unstable world are causing chronic stress for our nation's kids. And that sad truth is that prolonged exposure to stress can damage the centers of the brain associated with learning, cause behavioral problems, and increase the cycle of violence. Nearly half o...

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3 days ago
How to Help a Traumatized Child in the Classroom

Really interesting article!
“Most of us have experienced some kind of traumatic event in our lives when a situation so overwhelmed us that our brain and body were unable to cope with it. Depending on our internal and external resources, most of us were probably able to recover. However, children who live in under-resourced communities—where domestic and neighborhood violence, racial ... See more

Exposure to chronic trauma is having tragic effects on some of our students. How can educators help?

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1 week ago
Scientists Explain How Too Much Stress Can Actually Shrink Your Brain

Very interesting read/Research based and there is a gender difference!
“Having elevated levels of stress for extended periods of time can do a lot of damage to various parts of the body. Most of us live in a constant state of alert, and this can wear down our immune systems and just make us feel downright crappy. Anxiety and stress levels are at an all-time high, according to a poll by the ... See more

Having elevated levels of stress for extended periods of time can do a lot of damage to various parts of the body. Read on how:

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1 week ago
How People Pull Themselves Away from Toxic Families

Interesting read “According to the Family Communication and Relationships Lab at Utah State University, most family estrangements begin when communication between the generations declines in both quality and quantity. "My daughter used to share everything with me, and now I get a cursory text or phone call only when she really needs something,” complains a client, whose 27-year-old reports ... See more

New research describes how they cut the ties that bind.

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1 week ago

Final thought from LR Knost on the training baby debate🤗

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1 week ago
Is it right to train babies to sleep?

Interesting read on the cry it out debate.
“Some researchers who have studied the effect of leaving a baby to cry have measured elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and it's been speculated that this could harm the child's emotional development. Another study, however, found no negative effects on children five years after they had been sleep-trained with this technique. So the ... See more

Some parents are now hiring sleep consultants to help their baby get to sleep. That's great for the parents, but is it good for the child?

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1 week ago
Screaming to sleep, Part One & Two: The moral imperative to end 'cry it out'

Interesting Article from USA.
“We, as a culture, do very little to support new parents. Gross misconceptions about what constitutes normal sleep patterns in infancy and early childhood abound, even in professional circles. We have no federal maternity (let alone paternity) leave and our entire adult population is overworked and sleep deprived. Is it any wonder that the “sleep training” of ... See more

The "cry it out" or "CIO" method of approaching infant and toddler sleep advocates either the total absence of any nurturing or the very low presence of nurturing during nighttime hours.

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1 week ago
Why you should ALWAYS comfort a child - no matter why they're crying | Happiness is here

Short Read. “There seems to be a perception out there that somehow comforting a child is a reward. Can we just talk about the bizarreness of this for a minute? The idea that love, support, a hug, is a reward. The definition of a reward is something “given in recognition of service, effort, or achievement”. Should comfort and love need to be earned by a child instead of given freely? I think ... See more

Comforting a child does NOT reinforce bad behaviour. Comfort is always ok.

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1 week ago
Calm Down Yoga Routine for Kids: Printable

Lovely article with great downloadable A4 posters!
“Helping children to regulate their emotions doesn’t necessarily happen overnight. Science tells us that the parts of the human brain that are critical to handling emotions aren’t fully developed until into we’re in our twenties, but we can take little steps when children are young to help them manage their feelings.
Brain research shows ... See more

Calm Down Yoga Routine for kids, perfect for helping children learn to manage big emotions. Complete with free printable poster.

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1 week ago
Why Are Kids Impatient, Bored, Friendless, and Entitled?

Interesting article with downloadable advice sheets. “Throughout my time as an Occupational Therapist, I have seen and continue to see a decline in children’s social, emotional, and academic functioning, as well as a sharp increase in learning disabilities and other diagnoses.
As we know, the brain is malleable. Through environment, we can make the brain “stronger” or make it ... See more

I understand that many would choose not to hear what Victoria Prooday says in the article, but your kids need you to hear this message.

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1 week ago
Parents can 'worry less' about screen time

“Parents should worry less about how much time their children spend using screens, paediatricians have said.
The first UK guidance on screen use for children says there is little evidence that it is harmful in itself.
But experts say it is important that the use of devices does not replace healthy activities, such as sleep, exercising and time with family.
The guidance avoids setting screen ... See more

There is little evidence being on screens is harmful, according to the first UK guidance by paediatricians.

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2 weeks ago
Those close moments that make our hearts melt are what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices.

Lovely article with good advice. “We all crave those close moments with our children that make our hearts melt. Connection is as essential to us parents as it is to our children. When our relationship is strong, it's also sweet -- so we receive as much as we give. That's what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices.
That connection is also the only reason children willingly follow our rules. ... See more

We all crave those close moments with our children that make our hearts melt. Connection is as essential to us parents as it is to our children. When our relationship is strong, it's also sweet -- so we receive as much as we give. That's what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices.

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2 weeks ago

“To survive children are born with a profound need to be in relationship, attachment is how we are shaped and formed by our early relationships, life is about working things out in relationships.” 🤗

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2 weeks ago
Chuck Feeney: the billionaire who gave it all away

“Inspiration for the new year we may not all have the money but we can give a little time to help others.”

Philanthropist lives modestly in rented apartment after giving away $8bn fortune

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3 weeks ago
Physical education is key to longer, happier lives. Our kids and schools need more of it.

Interesting short read. ‘Regular PE class means all children can access the myriad benefits exercise provides until they reach adulthood – and beyond. According to the Physical Activity Council, children who have physical education in school are twice as likely to be active outside PE class and to remain active when they become adults. Correlation does not equate to cause, but it makes sense ... See more

Physical education should be on equal footing with academic classes. It teaches kids persistence, resilience, positive thinking and how to stay healthy.

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3 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago
Parents Can Help Kids Learn Emotional Regulation by Teaching These Two Basic Activities

‘As a school psychologist and parent of a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old, I see opportunities to teach social-emotional skills every single day. My wife and I talk with my daughter and son about understanding their emotions and teach them ways to work through big emotions.
Conflicts with others may not feel pleasant but they give a perfect opportunity to teach social-emotional skills.’ Short Read

Emotional regulation helps kids stay calm in tough situations. Teach these two activities to kids and give them essential tools for self regulation and emotional control.

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3 weeks ago
Greatness Lives Here

Lovely 🤗

“Start telling kids they’re not going to be anything – there’s a good chance they won’t,” Tim O’Mara, executive director of Bearings Bike Shop. The local non-profit does more than rebuild bikes – they shape futures. Children earn bikes, while learning valuable life lessons.

Getting your kid a new bike this holiday season? Donate the old one to Bearings Bike Shop. Check out the ... See more

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4 weeks ago

Behaviour is a child’s way of communicating their needs.

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4 weeks ago
Researchers Reveal 10 Things That Make Kids Happier

‘Childhood is a special time in one’s life. A time of discovery, play, wonder, and amusement at the world as the child gets the know the world around them. For the parents, this time can bring about a sense of worry, as they seek to ensure the child’s health and happiness.
Of course, life happens – to both the child and the parents – which can affect one’s childhood years. Regardless ... See more

As parents, we all just want to raise happy, healthy, thriving kids at the end of the day. Researchers reveal 10 things that will make kids happier...

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4 weeks ago
Want to Raise Empathetic Children? Don't Make These 5 Mistakes.

‘Research suggests that our own experiences and feelings distort our ability to be empathetic towards others, and this seems to be exactly what we do to children. We intervene in social situations to punish, shame, dismiss, praise, force, and many more things that cause either positive or negative feelings, leading children to be so focused on their own emotions and reactions that they are no ... See more

Big fat tears rolled down my 3-year-old’s cheeks. Her loud cries were jarring against the picturesque background we’d found ourselves in. Her older sister had wandered down the creek bed to find a tyre swing. Such a happy discovery for … Continue reading →

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1 month ago
The Varieties of Play Match Requirements of Human Existence

‘From an evolutionary perspective, the main purpose of play is education. Play is nature's way of ensuring that young mammals will practice the skills they need for survival. You can predict what a young mammal will play at by knowing what it must learn. Young carnivores, such as lions and tigers, play at stalking, chasing, and pouncing. Young zebras and other animals that are preyed on by ... See more

Children play at the skills they need most for survival.

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1 month ago
9 Things Everyone Should Know About Echoists

‘What is echoism? Echoism is a trait that my colleagues and I have begun measuring, and like all traits, it exists to a greater or lesser degree in everyone. People who score well above average in echoism qualify as echoists, and their defining characteristic is a fear of seeming narcissistic in any way. Of all the people we measured, echoists were the most “warm-hearted,” but they were ... See more

Here are nine fast facts about the new term that's helping survivors everywhere.

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1 month ago
Play Scotland

Well worth a visit with some great ideas on play.

Read our Special Edition 20th Anniversary Newsletters featuring our historic moments on our website here http://www.playscotland.org/

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1 month ago
The Abused Brain

What happens to the brain of a child who is abused, neglected, or otherwise maltreated? Does adverse experience in early childhood change the trajectory of brain development and set one up for later problems? Why are some individuals more resilient to these types of problems than others? These are among the questions being asked as science attempts to sort out the how and why behind the accepted ... See more

What happens to the brain of a child who is abused, neglected, or otherwise maltreated?

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1 month ago
How Bullying Affects the Brain

‘The effects of constantly being bullied are more than just psychological. Research now shows that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly victimized, and this could increase the chance that they suffer from mental illness. This is the conclusion of a study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry which is published by Springer Nature. The research ... See more

A new study reports children and teens who face chronic bullying have altered brain structure, as well as problems with anxiety and depression. Researchers found those who were bullies had structural changes to the putamen and caudate, contributing to the development of anxiety related behaviors and...

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1 month ago
Teenage victims 'more likely to self-harm'

‘The study says preventing adolescents from becoming victims - for example through school-based anti-bullying schemes, family support programmes and community safety initiatives - could help reduce the likelihood of them having suicidal thoughts or self-harming.
But it also concludes that effective interventions to prevent premature death in victimised adolescents should also address ... See more

Schemes to stop adolescents becoming victims may lower the likelihood of them self-harming, a study says.

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1 month ago
Why Parents Should Teach Optimism - And How to Do It (by Anita Cleare) -

‘When it comes to thought processes, one of the most important habits of mind that children can develop is optimism. Children who practise optimistic thinking are more resilient, they are less likely to give up in the face of challenge and they tend to interpret experiences in a way that gives them a sense of control and confidence.
Pessimism, on the other hand, leads to helplessness and ... See more

When it comes to thought processes, one of the most important habits of mind that children can develop is optimism. Children who practise optimistic thinking are more resilient, they are less likely to give up in the face of challenge and they tend to interpret experiences in a way that gives them a...

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1 month ago

Use your influence wisely, kindly and for the greater good for all🤗

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