Things…

A list of the broken things in our home

  • My husband’s cell phone
  • Our computer monitor
  • Our clothes dryer
  • One burner on our stove

This is only a partial list. Everything seems to break…all the time..it’s so frustrating some days ๐Ÿ˜• we dont have alot of extra money to replace items all the time, but it seems almost everything we buy breaks, I am tired of stuff – ‘things’ not working.

That was a bit of a rant…lol…but I am done now ๐Ÿ˜Š I hope everyone’s day is going a little better… ๐Ÿ’–

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One-Minute Meditation

Are you ever feeling stressed? anxious? nervous?

I have found this technique to be extremely helpful in eliminating these emotions.

Sit – or stand – with your feet firmly planted in the ground. Take one deep breath through your nose for 5 seconds – hold for 5 seconds – release the air through your mouth for 5 seconds – for a total of 15 seconds – repeat 3 more times – completing a 60 second cycle.

You have just completed one minute of meditation.

I find I feel so relaxed after doing this exercise – it’s very helpful.

You can also meditate doing almost anything…enjoying a glass of water for example – hold the water in your mouth for a second, switch it around, feel it’s coldness along your teeth and gums – the whole experience can be meditative, if you allow. I also find this exercise very helpful.

Why is Self-Regulation Important for Learning?

Self-Regulation is a skill that we learn throughout life. The foundations are set in the early years. Self-Regulation develops when caring adults respond sensitively to a child. A secure attachment promotes good Self-Regulation in the child.

Self-Regulation looks and sounds like:

  • staying calm, focused and alert or shifting attention when needed
  • Developing control of one’s feelings and impulses
  • Developing the ability to tolerate frustration and resist doing something tempting(eg., Taking someone’s toy)
  • Understanding how to behave in different situations (eg.,screaming with joy while running outside, then sitting quietly to read a story)
  • Using information to plan, solve problems, and complete tasks(eg., Figure out how to make a tower balance or fit pices of a puzzle).

How does a child develop SelfRegulation?

Children learn to develop Self-Regulation through the loving and consistent responses from parents and lots of practice through play!

Here are some tips that help children develop Self-Regulation:

  • Allow your child to make choices (eg., Set out two healthy snacks and let your child choose which one)
  • Provide routine so your child knows what happens next.
  • Model self-control and Self-Regulation and talk to your child about them (eg., I am upset right now because you spilled your drink, but I am not getting angry. I am counting to 10 to help myself stay calm)

Children with good Self-Regulation are able to:

  • Follow directions more easily
  • Communicate their needs more appropriately
  • Solve problems and complete tasks more easily
  • Use information from previous experiences
  • Get along well with others

These skills help children when they start school.
FROM: Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: What Families Can Do – pages 6-9

How can I help My Child Develop a Secure Attachment?

Here are some things parents can do that help develop a secure attachment.

  • Pick up your baby when she cries
  • Comfort your child when she is hurt, sad, or frightened.
  • Support your child’s learning by playing with her when she is learning a new skill and/or practising skills she already has.
  • Show and tell your child you are delighted to see her each time you pick her up from school or childcare, when she wakes up in the morning, or at every other opportunity.
  • Every child is unique. The most important thing is to know your child and respond in the way she enjoys.

A secure Attachment helps your child:

  • Grow and develop in a healthy way.
  • Feel safe and explore the world around her through play
  • Think and feel more positively
  • Develop into a confident and curious learner
  • Get along well with others
  • Feel empathy for others
  • Have a good self-image, lots of self-confidence, and good self-regulation.

FROM: Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: What Families can do – page 5

Why is a Secure Attachment important for Learning?

Attachment is a powerful, emotional relationship that develops between children and the important people in their lives. Parents can do many things to help their child develop a secure attachment. Two key ingredients are: 

1) Parents protect children during times of danger and stress.

2) Parents encourage children to explore the world around them when it is safe.

Children form either a secure attachment or insecure attachments. A secure attachment is more likely to develop when parents respond warmly and consistently to their child’s cues and their child’s needs.

FROM: Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: What Families can do – page 4