Posted 12/06/2019 4:17:36 PM by Yvonne Chelczynski
A little bit of kindness can go a long way. John-Tyler Binfet, a professor at UBC, recently wrote about what he has learned about kindness from over 3000 children and the compelling ways that kids think about kindness and act on it. Be it randomly, intentionally or quietly, children navigate the avenues of kindness daily. Furthermore, promoting intentional acts of kindness has the power to help all of us. If you’re interested in how to support kindness with the children in your care, give Binfet’s study, “Not-so Random Acts of Kindness: A Guide to Intentional Kindness in the Classroom” a read.
As caretakers and parents of children, the rights of a child are often at the forefront of our minds. How do we honour those rights and uphold them to the best of our abilities? We often forget, however, that we have rights too! If you are in need of a gentle reminder of your rights, Parent Support BC’s is here to help with its article: Your Human Rights Protections In a Nutshell.
Have you been thinking about the behavior of the children in your care lately? Amy Bell of the CBC recently wrote, “If you wrote down a list of all the behaviours children exhibit on a near daily basis, it might look something like this: nervousness, lack of focus, hyperactivity, poor listening, trouble with school work, memory lapses, aggression — usually in the form of whacking their sibling — and emotional outbursts. Is this unusual? Not really. But some of these behaviours can be signs that something other than the normal childhood shenanigans are afoot.” Give it a read if you are curious that there might be something more behind their behaviors that you’re seeing, or if they’re normal – which they often are.
Decoda Literacy Solutions (BC's literacy organization) recently mentioned Saskatchewan Literacy Network’s Dual Language Booklets (located mid-way down the page). These are an excellent resource for dual language speaking children, their parents and their care providers. If you are in need of ways to better help recently immigrated families and children transition to learning the English language, or if you’d like to better understand the varied languages the children in your care may speak, have a look!
The importance of play in the life of a child is not to be underestimated. Almost daily an article comes out that attests to the absolute significance of play. Mostly recently, it was about lessons parents and care providers can learn from how children play around the world and that in order for a child to grow up health, they need to sit less and play more. If you are in need of help to better understand the positive force that play is on the development of a child, Healthy Brain Healthy Baby has you covered with its Playing Builds Brains series.
Known for articles that are thorough and in depth, The New York Times recently unveiled it’s parenting website, NYT Parenting. It is chalk full of interesting articles that transcends borders, and can be applicable both to parents and child care providers. Check it out if you are in need of a thoughtful addition to your daily reading!
There is no easy way to bring up the topic of surviving trauma and abuse. This applies tenfold to the children and families in our care. As parents and child care providers, we are pivotal people in a child’s development and in the ecosystem of a family’s life, and it’s important for us to be aware of how we can best support the survivors of family violence. For families, Dr. Rayleen De Luca recently told Global news to start with respect. When it comes to the children in our work and classrooms, we stand in the position of help for students who've survived trauma, and as an ally, someone to assist in the process of healing.
When is the last time you carefully chose how you spoke to a child? The words we use with the children in our care matter, and the ways in which we say things can have a profound impact on behavior and guidance. As an activity for parents and child care providers, take some time over the next week and count how many times you tell a child what not to do and instead of what to do. You might be surprised at the final number! If it’s higher than you’d like, Communication is Key can help you reframe your approach in ways that are more understandable, encouraging and generous.
Lastly, are you in need of ways to help stimulate and re-energize the learning children are doing in your care? If so, here are two interesting places to start. Decoda Literacy Solutions recently wrote about how to make math fun and City Parent, a Canadian parenting blog, put up a piece about fueling creativity in children. If you’re able to, get outside and find ways to bring that creativity and math with you! Summer is looking pretty gorgeous out there.
Sarah is an avid reader, thrift shopper, and taco aficionado. She enjoys spending time with her young son at local parks, appreciating reasons to laugh with and love those around her, and snacking on chocolate.