Cultivating gratitude

I can’t believe that it’s been seven months of COVID living!   And that’s how long I’ve been creating these free monthly theme-based calendars...

Simple daily activities to teach kids about emotions - Free October...

Frowns, tears, meltdowns. Smiles, giggles, belly laughs. These are all natural reactions to the many emotions we feel...every single day. Feelings come and go on a regular...

Is Fear of Failure Your Child's Worst Enemy? Help to boost learning...

It’s easy to see why kids might be having a hard time staying motivated right now. The usual fun and flurry of activities that come with a new school year are no...

The Three Es of Learning

With everything going on today in the world, the transition back to school this year is bringing on more stress than usual. Whether you’re going to have school in...

Transitioning During Uncertain Times - with August Calendar and dai...

*Daily activities to help you and your child make the transition smoother* Transitions happen all day long, from getting out of bed to getting out the door to getting ready...

Daily Sensory and Movement Breaks for Regulation - JULY CALENDAR wi...

*Download this awesome calendar below* From the feeling of the sheets we sleep in to the texture of the food we eat, from the birds chirping around us and the smells coming...

How to Get Your Child to Talk about Their Feelings Instead of Actin...

“Calm down!”, “Wake up!”, “Stop goofing around!”, “Listen to me!” What do these commands all have in common?   ...

Teaching about Race and Social Justice is Part of Social-Emotional ...

Communication. Social Justice.  Kindness. Perspective-taking.  Conflict resolution.    These skills are fundamental to social-emotional learning...

Fun, Celebration and Safety - Your June Calendar is here!

*Download this awesome calendar below* June is here, and with it all the excitement of a wonderful summer! Day camps for the kids, your traditional family outings, and all...

Mindfulness in May: A Daily Dose for YOU and YOUR CHILD

*Download this awesome calendar below* I trained to practice and teach mindfulness seven years ago, and it’s changed my life, helping me get out of my future thinking...

Supporting Challenging Behavior at Home during COVID-19: An Intervi...

With nationwide school closures in effect, many parents are trying to keep it all together at home managing their own work, their finances, and their own stress.  All...

Coping with Overwhelm through Connection: Free Printable Calendar

  *Download this awesome calendar below* If it isn’t clear yet, I am super passionate about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and helping kids (and people in...

Kids and Screen Time During COVID-19

  Rules about screen time are usually pretty strict in our house, but everything is changing in the face of COVID-19. Up until now, screens weren’t allowed on...

Keep Calm and Structure On: How to manage emotions and build struct...

by Elizabeth Sautter and Dr. Rebecca Branstetter  “I’m scared of getting sick and I miss my friends” -5 year old“I’m scared you are...

Building Executive Functioning and Interview with Sarah Ward

by Elizabeth Sautter and Dr. Rebecca Branstetter   Does your child seem forgetful? Does she do things at the last minute? Does he act before thinking? If you...

Why Listening Can be So Difficult for Kids

by Elizabeth Sautter Have you ever wondered “How can I get my child to listen to me?” or “Why is my child struggling to listen to the teacher...

Four Ways to Boost your Child’s Emotional Intelligence During Simpl...

by Elizabeth Sautter One of the more difficult things about being a child is learning to deal with emotions. It’s especially hard for younger kids, who...

Embracing Teachable Moments from a Fight, Flight, or Freeze Situation

My family had to evacuate our house two weeks ago due to the risk posed by nearby wildfires.  I’m thankful that this amounted to nothing more than an...

Give It a Try: Getting started with help from your inner coach

My son is starting off his year as a 7th grader with a focus on mindset. His Core Teacher (English and History combined) is laying a valuable foundation for students by...

Follow Your Child’s Lead to Boost Social, Emotional and Executive F...

I often find that my kids are my best teachers and reminders of best practices when it comes to parenting and supporting them. A recent experience with my 15-year-old son...

March Madness: Keeping Your Cool as a Sports Fan

As March Madness approaches in the world of college basketball, I’ve been thinking about a different definition of these words: namely, the emotional madness that can...

Gratitude & Giving Back: Help Your Child Take the Next Step to Buil...

The “season of giving” can mean far more than a friendly gift exchange or a donation to a favorite nonprofit. Giving often springs from feelings of gratitude...

iPhone Overboard: Using Co-regulation in a Sink-or-Swim Moment

Sometimes we surprise ourselves, especially in relation to our kids! Earlier this summer, my family took a ten-day vacation to Belgium and Germany. On the second day, while...

Puppy Love and Learning

My son wanted a puppy more than anything for his 13th birthday. Our dog Jack, a member of our family for 14 years, had recently died, so we couldn’t say no....

Calmer Waters this Summer

I often head into summer in full-blown problem-solving mode for my children. I struggle to balance camps and summer fun with all the things my kids “should” be...

Breathe In, Breathe Out—And Something More

When my sons get frustrated or upset, my instinct is to say “calm down, just breathe”.. But it’s not always that easy. Many kids, including mine, get...

Using Gratitude to Increase Well Being – Five Tips to Help Get Started

Now that the Thanksgiving leftovers are just a memory and the holidays are underway, how can we hold on to a mindset of gratitude? Many of us are aware that feeling...

I Resigned from my Job as the Household Nagger

Seven Tools that Increased My Children’s Executive Functioning and Independence “Pick up your clothes,” “Put your dishes in the sink,”...

Self-Talk and Mindfulness Save The Day!!

Last week, I had one of the worst days I have had in a very long time. It started out as a typical and peaceful morning of walking and mindful meditation with my dog Jack...
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