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Month: May 2014

An Asset A Day Keeps The Trouble Away

An Asset A Day Keeps The Trouble Away

Kids are bogged down with projects, homework, exams, state standardized testing…there’s a lot for them to learn and do. With the amount of required academic material, where do the social and emotional skills fit in? The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has found better academic performance, improved attitudes and behaviors, and reduced emotional distress through integrated, multiyear Social Emotion Learning (SEL) programs. What is SEL you ask? Social Emotional Learning is the “process children acquire and effectively…

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It’s A-OK to Say N-O: Empowering Your Child to Say No

It’s A-OK to Say N-O: Empowering Your Child to Say No

After the terrible-twos, parents don’t typically like to hear the word “no” from their children, but Assistant Director Kathleen Fisher explains why it should be the most practiced word in your child’s vocabulary. As parents, we spend a lot of time talking about respect – respect for ourselves and our bodies, respect for others and those less fortunate, respect for property and possessions, and respect for authority. We teach them that saying “no I don’t want to do that” to…

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Warming Your Child’s Cold Feet: What To Do If Your Child Has Worries About Going To Camp

Warming Your Child’s Cold Feet: What To Do If Your Child Has Worries About Going To Camp

The weather feels like May, but do your child’s toes feel like January? Child development and parenting expert, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, shares how to emotionally prepare your child full-circle for this summer. Camps provide comprehensive checklists for all the gear our children need to pack, but it’s also helpful to compile a checklist for preparing them emotionally if they are experiencing some cold feet, dread, or worry. An Emotion-Prep Checklist for Sleepaway Camp: Name it to Tame it.  It’s…

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