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Introducing Elf on a Shelf Skillz!

Posted: November 30, 2020

Hey Parents,  

Many parents enlist Elf on the Shelf to remind our kids that he/she’s keeping tabs on them and letting Santa know if they should be on the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ list…  

However, this concept doesn’t align with SKILLZ theories for child development as we believe threats, coercion, and punishments do more harm for behavior modifications, particularly during COVID.  


Preparing Children to Return to School - A Social Approach

Posted: August 06, 2020

Over the past few months, interactions have been minimal, and our social skills are rusty. Since prolonged school closures have a negative impact on children’s social development, we are now faced with how to regain skills while moving forward with new skills. Though some children will return to a brick-and-mortar school, others will virtually engage with teachers and classmates. But no matter how they attend school in the beginning, all children will return to in person classes eventually, so we must prepare them now so they can feel confident as they re-engage with friends, classmates, and teachers when the time comes.

 

The extended time away from school, in conjunction with periods of isolation and the summer break, have exacerbated feelings of uneasiness when it comes to social interactions for children. And while they may be excited about seeing their friends and teachers again, the anxiety that they are feeling may deter them from regular social interactions in the beginning. Children need a refresher course in age-appropriate social interactions that will restore their social skill set.


Preparing Children to Return to School - An Intellectual Approach

Posted: July 24, 2020

Preparing Children to Return to School – An Intellectual Approach

 

Over the past few months, we have been inundated with information that seems to change almost daily, making it hard to resolve what should and should not be done. Everyone has their thoughts and feelings about varying current debates, especially regarding starting school. And while there will be no answer that satisfies everyone in the short term, we must remember that children will return to some form of school, either online or brick and mortar, so it is essential that we prepare them intellectually for what will lie ahead to counteract any learning loss already exhibited.


Super-Charge Your Child's Development During Summer

Posted: June 22, 2020

 

Super-Charge Your Child’s Development


Leading by Example: The Power of Self-Care in Parenting

Posted: June 10, 2020

Leading by Example 

The Power of Self-Care in Parenting 


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