Here's a quick look at Karen Deerwester's workshop, Connecting with Millennial Parents, now available on DVD for teachers, administrators and educators looking for innovative ways to connect with a new generation of parents and create communities that support children, parents and families in a stressful, high pressure, uncertain world.Learn more
"Stop!" "Be careful!" "Don't do that!" "Watch out!"
Imagine yourself test driving a brand new Porsche Carrera convertible onto a busy freeway while a very nervous passenger reminds you to "be careful" or "watch out". Did that reminder help your confidence or undermine it? Did it improve your skill, your focus and your problem solving ability or did it raise doubts about whether this was really a good idea after all? Nervousness and helicoptering distracts children and grown-ups alike from evaluating situations and acquiring personal mastery.
There's an old proverb that you have to eat a pound of dirt before you die. Turns out that proverb has some wisdom behind it. According to the Hygiene Hypothesis, exposure to dirt, pets and everyday germs is good for the body and the soul. The health benefits of "dirt" include a stronger immune system, fewer allergies, better digestion, less heart disease, better stress management and a natural anti-depressant agent.
Every action, every thought, every feeling is your child creating a self-portrait of who they are and what they need to grow. It’s up to us to see, hear and cherish that child and that expression…even if the “portrait” has an extra eye or has legs coming out of the head!
Young children do not and cannot see themselves “as they are” – nor should they. It is developmentally impossible – a child’s sense of self is “under construction”.
The Family Time program welcomes our youngest children into the B’nai Torah community. Classes are available for babies through two years of age with mommy, daddy, grandparents, or other significant adult.Learn More