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Children aren’t born knowing how to regulate their emotions any more than they are born knowing how to tie their shoes.
Regulation is a skill, so let’s teach it!
"Play prepares young brains for life."
-Dr. Sergio Pellis, University of Lethbridge
It's true! Research shows that play helps to stir up neuron activity in the foremost facet of the brain called the prefrontal cortex—an area of the brain that plays a vital role in regulating emotions, making plans and solving problems. Play literally wires young brains for connection, building "social brains" that know how to interact with others in positive ways.*
Play is crucial to our ability to thrive as human beings, and for this reason, “Playing to Learn” is at the top of our six-element approach to connecting the generations and nurturing the human spirit.
* Hamilton, J. (2014, August 6). Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build a Better Brain. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org
Im teaming up with Generation Mindful to help families and school communities learn to help children learn how to cope their emotions and articulate how they feel while they play with children.
This is HUGE y’all - we are going to change lives with this! You even get some amazing tips on how to set up a safe space in your house, office or classroom that the children in your life will love - and use!
While we often use play to teach the ABCs and 123s, we rarely think to use it in the moments when our children are experiencing heightened emotions, where positive (aka restorative) childrearing methods can make a big difference in the way kids learn to process feelings.
We created the PeaceMakers card game and the Time-In ToolKit to help children understand their emotions, talk about their feelings, and strengthen their emotional intelligence.
Foundations for Divergent Minds is a registered 501(c)(3) education organization based in Texas. Founded by Autistic and Neurodivergent people, we aim to offer a variety of Neurodiversity-based education for families and professionals who work with neurodivergent children. Our education comes in several formats including a regularly updated blog, a course for parents in how to set up their home, and professional development course for educators, therapists and service providers to better understand and meet the needs of their students and clients.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. A change in behavior or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental illness, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges people face.
YouVersion is a Christian ministry with the mission of helping people engage with the Bible. We believe the Bible has the power to transform people’s lives when they read or listen to it in their own language and then meditate on what its words mean to them.
We believe every person should have the opportunity to explore the Bible, no matter where they live or what language they prefer. That’s why we design and build experiences that make it easy for people to integrate the Bible into their everyday lives.
Established in 2018 The Gender Education Network is a non profit organization dedicated to trans children and the information and education they need. They are a unique organization focusing on children under 12, the youngest among us, and their needs as they navigate the community and their own bodies. They provide resources for care and education to families who just need a little guidance in loving and accepting their child for who they are.
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Babies love attention, it’s actually important for their development to have lots of emotional and physical contact. Here’s a few fun ways to play with your baby.
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