When I started Inspire, I knew I wanted to make this organization a community organization. I knew this is how we could fill the social service and mental health gaps best. People are brilliant with knowing what works for them! And how better to do that, than inviting our community to contribute in whatever […]
If children live with criticism, They learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, They learn to fight. If children live with ridicule, They learn to be shy. If children live with shame, They learn to feel guilty. If children live with encouragement, They learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, They learn to be […]
What do I do?… Dealing with emotion-fueled challenging behaviour: Respond to the expressed emotion. Help the child to feel seen, express empathy for and validate their experience and position. After the child feels heard, you can get to the root of the outburst, and work on solving the problem that triggered the challenging behaviour. Address […]
Timing transitions: tips and tricks! Transitions are a part of everybody’s day! And to be honest, they’re still not my favorite! Timing them right can make it easier for children (of any age!) to change from one thing to another: Choose your timing. If you can, stop one thing and start another during a natural […]
That magical time between activities where things can go sideways! Whether it’s cleaning up after lunch or coming in from outside, children can feel confusion, frustration, and show us through challenging behaviors.
I like the idea of a child’s behaviour as a new garden. Plants and weeds grow together in a young garden. If we focus on pulling weeds, we risk disturbing the roots of all the good things we are trying to grow. In a similar way, exposing a child to a large amount of negative […]