UPDATES 2017: My full time work as an early childhood educator and part time work as a university student has unfortunately left Let Them Lead by the wayside for the last few years. I have been integrating yoga into my everyday work with young children, as well as into my research work in emergent curriculum. Self-care has dictated that I limit my actual yoga teaching to the annual Kids Yoga Teacher Training with the amazing and wonderful @JacquelineMaloney at generationyoga.ca. I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for their interest and support. All your messages and wonderings about where the heck I am warms my heart and this note is to let you know, yes I’m still here, and here’s a small attempt to send some love back. 😘
YES. Treat them as whole people and they will organically learn through our relationships with them. It's that simple.
"You can talk to a child until you’re bl...ue in the face, but if you’re not engaging with the child and having a conversational duet about what the child is interested in, you’re not going to give the child the language processing skills that they need...”
Thanks to The Gottman Institute for posting.
Disclaimer: Parenting is different for everyone. In this video, I discuss the two concepts my husband and I have found to be most powerful in raising our three ...kids. Please watch this entire video before commenting -- this is an incredible conversation and I want to hear everyone's thoughts and feedback.
For context: We posted a vlog a few weeks back about getting over the fear of disappointing people. In it, we talked about where our beliefs usually stem from: a moment in childhood that we continue to revert back to in times of stress, fear, or doubt. A great comment on the video asked: As parents, how do we discipline without also instilling the fear of disappointment?
Are we bound to play into our kid's fears of letting us down?
The answer? Yes. We will not get it right. But there are ways to provide a safe and open environment for your kids to become self aware individuals through your behavior and modeling that do not instill a lifelong fear of disappointing others.
I believe parenting requires two fundamental beliefs:
1. Your kids are not 'yours'
2. Psychological safety
These core beliefs are also great for anyone in management or in a leadership position.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one!
Raising children has more to do with looking at the state of their adults, than it is of “teaching” children.
A note on inclusion: everyone deserves the right to participate. That’s it. And if it bothers you, too bad.
On this day in 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired nationally for the first time on PBS. Fred’s gentle message of kindness and empathy is still as relevant ...today as it was 50 years ago. Thank you, Mister Rogers, for believing that all children deserve quality educational programming!
HOW ARE YOU SMART?
Teaching (and parenting) young children is hard, especially when the focus is on making our children something other than who they are today. I wonder what would happen if education was about helping children reveal to themselves, “how are you smart?” rather than socializing them according to our agenda?
I haven’t posted anything on this but let’s face it, an education page is, in its essence, a political page.
I have always said that millenials, Generation I and just children in general all get a bad rap. I have been watching with such pride for the children in the USA right now who are fighting for their rights, our rights. Not that their agency and capabilities surprise me one bit. I have also been watching the naysayers who dismiss and discredit them simply because, at t...he end of it all, they are under 18.
At the heart of Let Them Lead is the fundamental call to question your perception of The Child. Children are citizens no less in value than any adult, who live real, complex lives, who experience real pain, have the right to be heard and their ideas considered. Children are co-creators of culture and have every right to be at the decision making table, whether it be the dinner table or in the political arena. When will we listen? When will we respect children for who they are today? When will we let them lead us? #letthemlead #neveragain #wecallbs
Would you send your children here?
As present as I try to be, I slip up. Thankfully my girl has no qualms about yelling at me, "NO PHONE ZONE!" 😳 Give your littles permission to yell at you too, I dare you. 😁
All emotions are ok, uncomfortable or not. Don’t have dead people’s goals! 😂