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Make Connection a Habit

social emotional skills

The Power of Positive Affirmations for Kids

When my son was just barely out of the toddler years, his grandmother gave him a puzzle for his birthday. It was one of those 60-piece rectangular deals with a picture of a prehistoric world inhabited by all kinds of dinosaurs. The box showed what the completed puzzle would look...

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An open letter to you, my toddler: "I get It."

I get it. I get all of it. The screams, the tears, the tantrums. Your bottom lip drops and your eyes brim with emotions. Sometimes you even turn away from me. That one rips my heart in two. Then the sun will peek through and the smiles will come...

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Spanking Children Is Still Common and Still Harmful

A spanking. That moment where a child receives a swat on their backside for doing or saying something that an adult in their world did not approve of or felt was unsafe. It's likely that you've either received, given, or witnessed a spanking at least once in your lifetime.

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Juggling Big Emotions

As a seven-year-old girl, I remember my grandpa coming over for the holidays and juggling whatever fruit he could find in our kitchen. He taught me to juggle using not lemons, but just three tissues. The fruit was too big for my little-girl hands, but like a set of training...

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Behavior Charts: I’m Totally Over It

My friend Katie called me in tears last week. Her three-year-old son Max started having these new, long, weepy temper tantrums every day at preschool drop-off. Katie had the mamma guilt blues. Why was Max getting so upset? He loved school. How could she keep leaving him like this each...

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Calming Spaces for Muggles, Wizards and Eight-Year-Old Girls Alike

Wisdom. Emotional intelligence. Maturity. These words typically conjure up the image of someone older than you. Perhaps it’s someone you know and revere for their persistent nature and kind soul. That person for me is Elizabeth: an 8-year-old I’ve only just met. Older than me? Not by a long shot....

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Teaching Emotional Intelligence and College Students as Change-Makers

Dr. Meghan Gillette, a professor in the field of Human Development and Human Studies at Iowa State University, shares the latest research on nurturing emotional intelligence in children ages 5 to 12, how she uses Team-Based Learning and her insights on teaching social and emotional skills to the next generation....

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I Am A Leader

Want to know what I am doing with my hands and WHY and what this cool exercise has to do with leadership? Feelings Friday #23: I am a leader from Generation Mindful on Vimeo. Tune in to this week's Feelings Friday and let's take connection into everyday life with our...

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Stress And How Emotional Intelligence Can Keep It In Check

Stress is our body’s natural reaction to a challenging or adverse situation, whether real or imagined, which triggers the body’s fight-flight-or-freeze response. By learning to express emotions, listen actively, and consider multiple perspectives, children and adults alike can learn to control stress more effectively, growing their emotional intelligence muscles with...

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