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childlife.ca e-news #53: A Mindful Mindset

A MINDFUL MINDSET Transforms Behaviour

MINDFUL: Attentive, watchful, careful, aware, alert
MINDSET: Attitude, approach, way of thinking

Happy September!

The “new year” always brings a sense of excitement! New children, new ideas, new opportunities. Let’s keep the momentum going!

We know, as Early Childhood Educator and parents, we are called to build strong, positive relationships with each and everyone of the children in our care. We know that making the well-being, learning and care of children our first and top priority sets the stage for success.

Developing a positive, supportive, responsive mindset takes time, commitment and endurance. Understanding how children learn and comprehending the over arching complexities behind behaviour provides a compass as to how we can help supportively guide each and every child compassionately, respectfully and positively.

Being mindful of how we interpret behaviour, respond to behaviour, shape behaviour, will create the environment where children will be more relaxed, more joyful and have higher self esteem and resiliency skills. In other words…

Mindful Mindsets Transform Behaviour

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach they way they learn. — Ignacio Estrada

How a child is feeling determines how they behave. That’s why we should pay more attention to their feelings than we do to their behaviour. — Bridgett Miller

Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It’s a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child. Earlier is not better. — Magda Gerber

Speak kindly to your students. You need it as much as they do. It is possible to be firm yet kind. It is ok to be disappointed. It is never ok to by unkind. Many of our students come from unkind worlds. Let them feel kindness in our presence. — First Grade Fun Times

May we continue to be mindful of the blessing every child is and how we can create homes and classrooms that reflect love, kindness and respect.

HAPPY MINDFUL DAYS!

To learn more about our on-site training: Supportive Guidance Workshops and Foundations For Learning Series: Taking HDLH? to the Next Level

Some Fall dates still available: justask@childlife.ca

Mary

Mary Stuart, Director
www.Childlife.ca
justask@childlife.ca