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Contributions on the Self-Reg Community blog page come from various members of our TMC team and folks in our Self-Reg Foundations program.
8 10, 2019

Put Those Tears Away: Notes from the first week of kindergarten

By | 2019-10-08T08:43:10+00:00 October 8th, 2019|

By: Heather Bredin I was standing by the fence, holding a child's hand. He was crying. Loudly. And he'd been crying loudly for the last 3 hours.  "I miss my Mommy!" He choked out for the millionth time.  "Mommy is coming soon," I said flatly.  "When all our jobs are done?" [...]

24 09, 2019

Self-Reg ~ Not Just for Kids

By | 2019-09-24T09:26:42+00:00 September 24th, 2019|

By Lisa Cranston, EdD Just like children, adults have emotional storms and we need that feeling of safety and security found through interpersonal relationships so that we can return to calm. One time this truly hit home for me was when my husband and I were living in Argentina. He [...]

10 09, 2019

Reframing Francis

By | 2019-09-10T07:45:24+00:00 September 10th, 2019|

By Sonia Gregory, Teaching Principal, Chief Paul Niditchie School Dr. Stuart Shanker says, “See a child differently, see a different child.” This is such a beautiful concept in Self-Reg. It seems so simple, but what does it really mean to reframe a child’s behaviour? I like to think that I [...]

2 04, 2019

Learning and Letting Go in a Japanese Bathhouse

By | 2019-03-17T17:46:41+00:00 April 2nd, 2019|

By Melissa Raine During a recent ski holiday in Japan, I had the opportunity to experience an onsen, a hot springs pool where the venerable Japanese tradition of communal bathing is practiced. Bathers are often but not always segregated according to sex. Strict codes of conduct support both respect for [...]

28 02, 2019

“It’s not tight enough!” One Child’s Experience of Tactile Defensiveness

By | 2019-02-26T17:06:49+00:00 February 28th, 2019|

By: Alison Cass Ronald,* age five, is an empathetic and hard working child. His parents have taught him love, kindness and compassion. Each day he works harder than most children in my kindergarten class. Ronald comes to school with a smile on his face—and one of heaviest backpacks in our [...]

17 01, 2019

Transitioning to Kindergarten Without The Stress: A Self-Reg focused approach to welcoming children to school

By | 2019-01-15T13:33:00+00:00 January 17th, 2019|

By: Tiffany Goulet The first day of school... For some it’s exciting, for others terrifying. For some it’s long awaited, for others it arrived too soon. For some they feel ready, for others not at all. No matter how differently we all feel about this transition, we can surely agree [...]

23 10, 2018

What Does It Really Mean To Restore?

By | 2018-10-16T11:28:47+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|

By: Nancy Niessen I thought I knew what Step 5 of Shanker Self-Reg was all about. As I delved into Step 5 more deeply in the Level 2 Facilitator Program, my understanding became fuzzy before becoming clear again. Step 5 is about restoring balance in all five of our domains: [...]

16 10, 2018

Stressors Experienced by Parents Raising “Differently Wired” Children

By | 2018-10-15T12:13:58+00:00 October 16th, 2018|

By: Vicki Parnell Lost papers…missed meetings…kids showing up at school without the right supplies… I have been “that parent,” and I often wonder what our lives looked like to the educators who worked with my family! I’m the mother of two young people with multiple “invisible” disabilities, and in my [...]

9 10, 2018

Step Away From the Stickers

By | 2018-10-09T11:51:17+00:00 October 9th, 2018|

By: Lisa Cranston, EdD Jenni and her mother pull up in front of the school.  Jenni started kindergarten two weeks ago and every day when her mother drops her off, the separation is marked by tears and screaming.  Jenni’s mom reminds her, “Remember - no tears today Jenni and you’ll [...]

2 10, 2018

How I Was Able to Help My Daughter Survive Using My Traditions & Self-Reg

By | 2018-10-03T10:29:59+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|

By: Jessica Chisholm I would like to acknowledge the elders for their teachings as I share and continue to learn on our journey of Self-Reg. As an ECE, I’m able to provide support to children with many developmental approaches, however the most successful approaches to helping children have been my [...]

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