Growing Children Who Can Calm Themselves

Self-regulation is defined as the ability to manage your emotions and behavior in accordance with the demands of a situation.  It’s the ability to calm yourself when upset, to resist highly emotional reactions to stressful stimuli, and the ability to handle...

Self Regulation Comes First

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD. You can probably remember the last time you were talking to your child knowing that your child was not taking in everything you said.  Sometimes we adults just say too much.  Why? Probably because we care. We want to make sure our...

Making Space for Awareness

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD Ever have one of those evenings where you go to bed and wonder where the day went wrong? You know that the kids were not on their best behavior but also have the sinking feeling inside that you weren’t the exactly best role model...

Weaving Threads of Resilience

Contributed by Jody McVittie When my children were little every now and then we’d share stories at dinner. Some of our favorites included mistakes. Like the time we got to the airport only to realize that one child had left her shoes at home. Or the time that the very...