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Stuart Shanker
Stuart Shanker
Susan Hopkins
Susan Hopkins
Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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1206, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 3: Creating a Just Society

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Authoritarianism feeds off the feelings of hopelessness that obdurate social problems produce. The despair that Democracy will never be able to overcome its failings; that the majority of the citizenry lack the fortitude to make [...]

1006, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 2: We Have Met the Enemy

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

The first step in any Self-Reg undertaking is to understand the conceptual distinctions that we are dealing with. In this case, we might begin with the democratic versus authoritarian view of strong society. According to [...]

706, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 1: Democracy is in Peril ~ Again

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

If ever there was a time to heed Santayana’s warning, this is it. It is tempting to dismiss what is happening in the US today as an aberration. This might be true in some respects; [...]

1405, 2019

Thoughts On Teaching While Angry

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

I recently read John Hoffman's wonderful blog post about Thoughts On Parenting While Angry. I was really taken by this post, as I realized that it's not just parents that have these moments. Educators can [...]

705, 2019

Self-Reg, Social Justice & Democracy

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

The Future Lies in the Hands of Self-Reg Parents, Schools, and Communities I first started thinking about social justice and democracy when I was 16 years old. I had just attended a political rally where [...]

2304, 2019

Thoughts on Parenting While Angry

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|3 Comments

One of the biggest challenges in raising kids is learning to parent well—OK, reasonably well—when you’re angry. Raising children is inherently emotional. And that means we’re sometimes parenting under the influence of anger and its [...]

1604, 2019

Welcome To Wormville: Engaging In Some Springtime Self-Reg

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

As a child, I loved worms. I remember collecting them off my driveway after a good rain, and digging for them in the mud at other times during the year. There was something so wonderful [...]

904, 2019

Battling Brunch: How Do You Respond To Negativity?

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |14 Comments

One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is to go out for brunch, especially with family members or friends. It often becomes the perfect time to connect with people. After my subitizing [...]

204, 2019

Learning and Letting Go in a Japanese Bathhouse

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog, Self-Reg Community|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

2603, 2019

Here’s To A House With The Most: A Self-Reg Look At Our Dramatic Play Space

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

As a Kindergarten teacher, I understand the value of dramatic play. I know that students communicate much of their thinking and learning in this way. There are so many opportunities for oral language, including the development [...]

1903, 2019

Part 3: Considering The Different Kinds of “Why?”

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Self-Reg educator or parent seeks to understand, rather than manage a child’s behaviour. In effect, what is being reframed here is what it means to see the Kindergarten teacher as a professional and not a glorified [...]

503, 2019

Part 2: Reframing “Challenging Behaviour” in Kindergarten

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Kindergarten marks a major transition in children’s lives: from being coddled infants to being treated as responsible individuals. They are students now, and as such they have to meet certain expectations, as noted in an [...]

2802, 2019

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

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

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 [...]

2602, 2019

Singing goodbye to my mom: How the five practices of Self-Reg are helping me through my grief

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

My mom closed her eyes for the last time on a Sunday night last September and she took her last breath almost 5 days later. Over a short series of blogs to follow, I will [...]

1902, 2019

“Reframing” Challenging Behaviour, Part 1: Blue Brain, Red Brain, and Brown Brain

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

The Different Kinds of “Why?”   Parents of new babies are forever asking why. “Why is she crying? Is she hungry, wet, scared, lonely, bored?” Since we can’t just ask her, we put on our [...]

1202, 2019

My Dysregulated Day … And How I Almost Missed It

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

The more that you learn about Self-Reg, the more that it seems to govern your views of everything in your life. Sometimes I'm sure that Stuart Shanker's questions of, "Why?" and "Why now?" never leave [...]

502, 2019

See a Child Differently and You’ll See a Different Child

By | February 5th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

This was originally an article in the Self-Reg Parenting Magazine Vol 1 Issue 2. Take a look at this picture and tell me whether there’s something in the duck’s bill: Now take a look at [...]

2901, 2019

How Can Self-Reg be the Foundation for Mental Well-being?

By | January 29th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Psychiatrist Jean Clinton has been an internationally renowned expert and advocate for children’s mental health for over 30 years. We were thrilled to have Dr. Clinton at our summer symposium once again last summer. In [...]

2201, 2019

No Such Thing as a Bad Kid

By | January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , |14 Comments

This was originally an article in the Self-Reg Parenting Magazine Vol 1 Issue 2 Children have such different ways of responding to being over-stressed. Some get physically ill. Some get nervous and anxious. Some become [...]

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