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.
1 09, 2017

Reframing Explosive Behaviour

By | 2017-09-05T15:05:01+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 | 2017-06-19T12:07:29+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 [...]

23 06, 2016

The Buzz About the Book!

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:34+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|

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 on June 21. In fact, on that very day, the first day it was available for purchase, Dr. Shanker’s new book [...]

20 06, 2016

Fathers and Self-Regulation in Families

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:34+00:00 June 20th, 2016|

I have spent more than 25 years writing about fatherhood, and I am a father of three grown young men. Getting into self-regulation has given me a new way of looking at fatherhood issues. I’m particularly interested in how father involvement affects the self-regulation of fathers and their partners, because [...]

22 10, 2015

The Meaning of Caring: Self-Regulation, Empathy and the Roots of “Safe”

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:39+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|

Summary of Dr. Stuart Shanker's Keynote Presentation, Self-regulation Summer Symposium, July 2015.   A focus on self-regulation can support the four main pillars of education: literacy, numeracy, social/emotional learning and safe schools. With respect to safe schools, the question is not simply preventing harm, it is also about creating environments [...]

26 09, 2015

Adolescence & Self-Regulation: What do we know? Dr. Jean Clinton

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:39+00:00 September 26th, 2015|

Adolescence and self-regulation. What do we know? What myths are ready to be banished? How long did you say it lasts? Keynote presentation Self-regulation Summer Symposium, July 17, 2015. Presented by Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at McMaster University Dr. Clinton is a physician (child [...]