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childlife.ca enews#51: Enhancing Children's Well-Being!

Mary Stuart, Director www.childlife.ca

Well-being: comfort, security, health, happiness

Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky. — Anaïs Nin

Many experts agree that helping children dealing with their feelings is a key factor in well-being, learning and development. Emotions are the on/off switch to learning and as parents and teachers we can enhance their well-being by viewing their behaviour and upsets through the lens of a child; child behaviour and development.

All children (and adults) have difficulty staying in charge of their emotions. However, with “self regulation” techniques we can assist children to learn how to deal with their feelings and enhance their wellbeing.

There is no remedy for love but to love more — Henry David Thoreau

4 SIMPLE STEPS TO ENHANCE WELL-BEING:

  1. SIMPLY SHARE: Just by relating to their upset helps a child feel understood and helps them calm down. “Ah, it really hurt when you fell down.” “It must have made you mad when she took your toy.”
  2. TEACH a child how to relax: There are many techniques to reduce stress and relax.
    Deep breathing and taking a break are the two most effective strategies that even very young children can learn and use.
  3. CONNECT feelings with a ways to relax “You seem really upset. Let’s take a breath; let’s take a break.”
  4. READ books and sing songs about feelings. I Have Feelings, Jana Novotny Hunter is a fabulous book that outlines the strategies above.

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” — Peter Drucker

Let’s make a commitment to our children to help them learn simple strategies to distress and relax and we will be setting the stage for enhanced well-being.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: justask@childlife.ca

Childlife training puts theory into practice:

  • FIX THE FACTORS: RETHINKING BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE
  • POWERFUL INTERACTIONS! SUPPORTING RESPONSIVE RELATIONSHIPS IN THE CLASSROOM
  • FOUNDATIONS FOR LEARNING – 4-Part training series

These workshops help the ECE gain insights into practical application of the four foundations of learning from the HDLH? document. justask@childlife.ca and we’ll send you the latest training flyer.

My team all had a wonderful time learning with you. You have opened up a lot of discussions with the staff, and now I find them being much more self-reflective in their interactions with the children and the programming. We all greatly appreciate your course, and are reaping the benefits of your knowledge and expertise. — Hannah Qureshi, R.E.C.E, Supervisor Storytime Childcare

*HAPPY DAYS WITH KIDS!*I

Mary

Mary Stuart, Director
www.Childlife.ca
justask@childlife.ca
905.420.0799
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