Flexible Thinking to the Rescue for a Safe and Fun Halloween

This Halloween is definitely going to be a tricky proposition. But even though it will certainly be different, it’s still a perfect time to encourage your...

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...

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...

Seven Tips to Build Your Child’s Social Competence Through Everyday...

Have you ever been concerned about your child’s or student’s social abilities? Do they seem younger or more immature than other kids?  Maybe they...

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...

Three Ways to Get Your Kids Back in the Groove of School and Homework

by Elizabeth Sautter As a parent, I am eternally grateful to the teachers that educate my kids. School is one of society’s great inventions.  But...

Giving and Receiving: An Opportunity to Support Social and Emotiona...

by Elizabeth Sautter The holiday season is in full force with many social and family events to attend, not to mention winter break with children out of school for...

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...

Insights From A Five-Star Road Trip

As promised, I’m reporting back about my family’s recent road trip to the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. WE SURVIVED! Actually, I’m happy to report that we...

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...

Building Speech, Language and Social Skills on the Road

My family will be heading out on a week-long summer road trip in a few days. We’re going to the Grand Canyon and everyone is pretty excited. And now that my boys are...

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...

Stuck Indoors? Use the Time to Build Social and Emotional Learning

The recent smoky conditions in the California Bay Area kept most of us indoors, creating long and sometimes stressful days for many families. We were forced to cope with a...

Mindful March

What are your self-help tools when you feel sad?  How about afraid? I find myself drawn to increase my mindfulness practice. This is the one thing that keeps me...

Practice Loving-kindness to Build Heartfulness on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a great time to teach empathy, perspective taking, and loving-kindness. In the world of mindfulness (paying...

Building Perspective Taking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: It Takes...

Helping kids to think beyond themselves is one of the pleasures and responsibilities of being a parent or caregiver. Coming up on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day...

Hidden Rules for Receiving a Gift

I was recently at a party where the birthday girl couldn’t hide her disappointment when a certain gift was unwrapped. The boy who had given the gift was visibly...

The Art of Giving: Thinking About Someone Else’s Wants and Wishes

With the winter holidays coming up, it’s a perfect time to delve into your child’s “person files” in order to brainstorm gift ideas. A person file...

Embracing Teachable Moments in the Kitchen Part 2-Focus on Social L...

Cooking and group meals are perfect times to bolster social learning through planning, practicing, and prepping your child for a task or event. Before getting to work in...

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....

Thinking About Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up fast!  Even during the craziness of school ending and summer starting, there is still time to make this an extra special day for the...

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...

Pay it Forward for Valentine’s Day

I recently taught the concept of “paying it forward” to the kids in my son’s 4th grade class. The idea is to repay an act of kindness that someone has...

Are You Listening to Me?

If your home life is anything like mine, you have those frustrating moments when it appears that your kids just aren’t listening to what you’re saying. Though...

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...

Help Your Child Be a Mindful Social Observer

As I guide my kids toward a back-to-school mindset, I’m not focused solely on academics. Sure, I’ve been bringing out the math workbooks and adding more reading...

Help Your Child Take Perspective on the 4th of July

Amidst the fun of July 4th picnics and fireworks, the holiday is also a great reminder to step back, zoom out, and look at the world through a broader lens. We all have...

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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