"Ever told a child to calm down only to see their emotions escalate instead? Kids, like adults, need to recognize their feelings before they can regulate their emotional state, and thatʼs not easy. Emotional recognition is a complex process that takes practice. Even when we are good at it we donʼt always get it right. Learning to recognize your feelings is a continuous process thatʼs best started when young, before the ups and downs of adolescence show up. " To read more about helping kids to manage sleep, schoolwork and screens, click on the link below:
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos -
Week of October 8, 2018
"According to the research of KJ Dell'Antonia, happier parenting often involves reframing our expectations and approach to the tough spots of family life. From chores to sibling relationships, she recommends first changing how we think about those issues and then change what can be done." To read more about helping kids to manage sleep, schoolwork and screens, click on the link below:
- How to Help Kids Manage Sleep, Schoolwork and Screens - Deborah Farmer Kris - MindShift | KQED News
- How to Be a Happier Parent - KJ Dell'Antonia
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of October 1, 2018
New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families to have a happy family— inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military. Read the article below to learn about 7 of the more than 200 useful strategies from his book "The Secrets of Happy Families."
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of September 24, 2018
"Teens [and tweens] often don’t know what they need. Most kids don’t, but when they’re young we step in more willingly. Now that our babies are more at eye-level we look at them expecting adult choices, forgetting that sometimes they don’t know how to figure things out on their own.Read the article below for information on the 6 things your teen [tween] may not have a clue he or she needs." Read the article below for more information.
- 6 Things Your Teen Needs But Doesn't Know How to Ask For - Rebecca Hastings - A Fine Parent
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of September 17, 2018
"In many homes, dinnertime is the only time during the week that family members are in the same place at the same time and not frantically getting ready to head somewhere. That means how families spend that time together can be incredibly important ... there’s been copious research that shows regular family meals can lead to healthier eating habits, lower rates of depression and anxiety, higher self-esteem and better vocabularies and grades at school." Read the articles below for more information.
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of September 10, 2018
"Every parent wants to raise a kid with a conscience -- someone who'll do the right thing even when no one is watching. But when the road to online integrity is riddled with cyberbullying, cell phone cheating, sexting, and other risks, trusting your kid to be conscientious feels like a leap of faith. Here's the good news: Studies show that kids actually have a strong grasp of right and wrong as early as the toddler years, and parents have a huge influence on what kids learn about how to behave. The parenting you've been doing -- role-modeling, keeping the lines of communication open, and finding ways to instill the kinds of character traits you value -- is an excellent foundation for raising a kid with a conscience, both online and off. You can make even more of an impact using the media and technology that your kid loves ... to model positive behavior and good judgment." Read the article below for more information.
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of September 3, 2018
"Getting a kid up and at ’em can be super frustrating . . . difficulty waking up and getting out of bed is a result of many factors. Many of them are even genetic. Studies have found that each person’s unique biological clocks are set at birth . . . This isn’t an excuse for letting kids linger in bed. Rather, it’s a reason for making a plan that works with a kid’s internal wiring." Read the article below for more information.
- 21 Tips For Getting Stubborn Kids Out of Bed In The Morning - Edward Shepherd - The Huffington Post
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of August 27, 2018
According to Dell'Antonia, "Children should do chores. That’s a controversial premise, though not everyone will admit it . . . For starters, chores are good for kids. Being a part of the routine work of running a household helps children develop an awareness of the needs of others, while at the same time contributing to their emotional well-being. Children who consider themselves necessary to the family are less likely to feel adrift in a world where everyone wants to feel needed." Read the article below for more information.
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of August 20, 2018
"To parent our children to be exceptional, we must allow our children to experience "optimal levels of frustration. It is our job to love and support them through their struggles, but to refrain from solving their problems for them . . . It is important we help our children overcome the emotional blocks they face, which breed thoughts of small-mindedness and create self-imposed limitations . . . Our goal as parents should be to encourage our children to think as big as they can, expect nothing less than the best, to have courage and, most importantly, to be kind." Read the article below for more information.
- To Raise Exceptional Children, Teach Them These 7 Values - Sherrie Campbell - Entrepreneur
SEL for Parents - Meigs Memos - Week of August 13, 2018
"Have you ever heard your child say something like: “I’m not good at this,” or “I’m so stupid,” or “It’s all my fault,” or even “I shouldn’t have even tried.” Perhaps some kids don’t say these things out loud, but maybe they refrain from doing certain activities or speaking up in school because they’ve already convinced themselves that they’re not good enough. Over time, these behaviors can grow into what we all have come to know as the inner critic." Read the articles below for more on starting a conversation with your children about the self-critical thoughts that we all have running on repeat in the back of our minds.