Creating Family Connections

Children develop an internal sense of who they are from birth. Relationships with others play a pivotal role in building their identity and sense of belonging.  This begins, of course, with primary caregivers and other family members, and then expands to include...

Building Belonging in a Community of Learners

Research tells us that in schools, students who feel a positive connection – a sense of belonging – with both peers and adults, are in general, more caring and ethical, less prone to behavior problems, and more academically motivated.  Children who feel a sense of...

Teaching About Feelings in the Classroom

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is now seen as a critical component for school success. It is not just one more add-on to your curriculum. It turns out to be an important foundation for students’ ability to learn and apply their learning to their lives. Emotional...

Help your Child Understand Feelings

There are many kinds of knowing. Research over the past 20 years tells us that knowing and understanding our emotions, emotional intelligence, is just as important as our intellectual intelligence. It involves understanding and being able to name our emotions as well...

Building “Empathy Muscles” with your Child

Empathy is a skill and an awareness that we can build – in ourselves and our children. Empathy is the ability to step into someone else’s shoes and connect to their feelings or to take their perspective. It is also the ability to regulate our own emotions and be able...

It’s Not Fair!

Jody McVittie, MD Today, on the anniversary of the Alabama church bombings, I’m reflecting on justice. As an adult sometimes I feel surrounded by injustice or things that just don’t seem right. On any given day it might be the inequities in our medical or education...