Welcome the new year with great strategies

Updated: Jan 11

It is important to keep in mind that it is never too late to build a trusting relationship with a child or with children.


Block 1 reminds us that developing attachment relationships doesn't happen like magic, it definitely takes time and dedication. Give the best you can do every day and every effort is never wasted.


The start of the year is always a great chance to learn something new, start positive relationships or set goals to focus on for yourself.


The Attachment Mobile Activity is a great way to start building that foundation of positive relationships with children.


Start making memories using beads and you will probably end up with a wonderful memorabilia by the end of the year.


*click on the photo to go to the Attachment Mobile Activity


Self Regulation

is the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions and attention, in ways that lead to a positive interaction and well-being.

It gives us the capability to cope with bigger challenges.

Here are some simple but great self-regulation tips:


Simple and Reliable Deep Breathing


The recommended proper way to achieve soothing Deep Breaths is:

Belly breathing

  1. Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.

  2. Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.

  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out.

  4. Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling.

  5. Do this at least 3 times


Another way to Deep Breathe is:

Flower and Candle Technique


Clench fist as if you are holding a flower then pretend to smell the flower by deeply inhaling. Next, pretend you are holding a candle and slowly exhale to blow out the flame.



Use Productive Language


Giving children specific feedbacks so they know what is working.


Examples:

  1. "That was a great way to stop the car."

  2. "You had a smock on and it kept your shirt clean when you painted!"

  3. "It seems that this small block works well on top of the tower."

  4. "You did not bump on anyone when you used your walking feet."

  5. "You made a friend happy when you helped her."

By communicating these to the child/children, they will be able to know what to do in different situations that will hopefully lessen stress and frustration.

Take a Deep Breath, use positive language and make some bead-y memories. :)

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