John Hoffman

About John Hoffman

John has had three distinct careers that have blended together at times: roots musician, stay-at-home father and freelance writer. A former long-time columnist and feature writer for Today’s Parent, John now specializes in knowledge translation, blogging and writing for not-profit organizations like The MEHRIT Centre, The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Dad Central Ontario.
5 07, 2018

Those Hazy Crazy Days of SRSS

By | 2018-07-04T16:23:24+00:00 July 5th, 2018|

Just about three years ago today I stood in a parking lot at Trent University waiting for Susan Hopkins. It was the day before the very first Self-Reg Summer Symposium and Susan and I were about to meet in person for the first time. I’d worked off and on with [...]

29 05, 2018

Why I Love Hearing Dr. Shanker Speak Live

By | 2018-06-01T13:16:59+00:00 May 29th, 2018|

I have many reasons to look forward to the Self-Reg Summer Symposium each year. One of them is meeting people: I work on my own out of a home office, so I don’t get the daily face-to-face contact with colleagues and clients that is one of the social benefits of [...]

24 04, 2018

The Importance of Fun in Kids’ Self-Regulation

By | 2018-04-24T14:46:36+00:00 April 24th, 2018|

This post is part of our Everyday Self-Reg series. When I was 21, my buddy Tom and I had this half-baked, youthfully idealistic notion that a lot of the world’s problems and conflicts could be solved if people would just be more playful and have more fun. As I grew [...]

22 02, 2018

What Is the Most Important Factor in Good Parenting?

By | 2018-02-22T17:28:36+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

This post is part of our Everyday Self-Reg series. I have spent almost thirty years writing about parenting. That includes: over 150 magazine articles more than a dozen parenting booklets brochures, blogs and web content interviews with over 100 educators and researchers interviews with several hundred parents hours of reflection [...]

8 11, 2017

Everyday Self-Reg: Manners and Courtesy

By | 2018-02-22T17:27:42+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

When I was a kid I had a very negative view of manners. I was taught manners and forced to use them. But I didn’t understand what they were for. To my 10-year-old self, manners felt like a form of social control, rules dreamed up by adults who felt driven [...]

1 09, 2017

Reframing Explosive Behaviour

By | 2018-01-24T16:57:39+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

This article was inspired by Dr. Shanker’s keynote lecture at the 2017 Self-Reg Summer Symposium. Learn more about SRSS here. If you’ve ever seen Stuart Shanker give a talk you’ll notice a couple of things before long. First, he never sticks to his script. Second of all, there’s always a [...]

8 06, 2017

Barrier Breakdown: The Magical De-Stressing Impact of SRSS

By | 2018-01-24T16:28:28+00:00 June 8th, 2017|

There’s a certain kind of stress that comes with being alone within a group. This can happen for numerous reasons, but the one I’m thinking of is the feeling of being the only person in your group who is passionate about an idea — like Self-Reg, for example. One of [...]

2 08, 2016

Even More Buzz About the Book

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:31+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|

Praise for Stuart Shanker’s new book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life, continues to proliferate on media of various kinds. Dr. Shanker’s second in a series of blogs for Psychology Today, about the difference between self-regulation and self-control, was [...]

17 07, 2016

Sleep Training, Night Waking, and Parents

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:32+00:00 July 17th, 2016|

Controlled crying, graduated extinction, Ferberization, cry-it-out. These are some of the names given to methods designed to “teach” babies to sleep through the night. I have done a lot of pondering, writing and research on this topic, including academic research. I am a co-author of two peer-reviewed journal articles based [...]

10 07, 2016

The Buzz about the Book

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:32+00:00 July 10th, 2016|

The Buzz About the Book. July 10 Stuart Shanker’s new book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life created an instant buzz when it was released in June. In fact, on the first day it was available for purchase, Self-Reg [...]