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Stuart Shanker
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2202, 2018

What Is the Most Important Factor in Good Parenting?

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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 [...]

1502, 2018

Can Self-Reg Help Me Brave the Before Care Program?

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

For the past 1 1/2 years, our Kindergarten classroom has been used for a Kindergarten After Care Program. As somebody that likes organization in the classroom, and the ability to come in early and stay [...]

1202, 2018

Supporting My Daughter Through a Big Disappointment: How We Respond to Strong Emotion as a Self-Reg Parent

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Susan Hopkins and Stuart Shanker use a situation from Susan’s parenting experience as a teachable moment about the Self-Reg approach to helping children deal with strong emotions. They discuss the difference between the cognitive approach — [...]

802, 2018

The Self-Reg View of Constant Craving

By | February 8th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

By: Dr. Stuart Shanker Experiments are all around us, if only we take the time to observe and reflect on them. We just had one with our 16-year-old son that would have been so easy [...]

1701, 2018

Is It Our Fears That Are Stopping Kids? A Self-Reg Look At Risky Play

By | January 17th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|5 Comments

The snowfall over the winter holidays led to lots of amazing snow structures at our school. One morning, when we made our way out to the forest to play, students saw this structure that a [...]

1601, 2018

See A Teenager Differently

By | January 16th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|1 Comment

A Self-Reg Reframe of a Teen "At-Risk" My teenage years remain a blur. I was one of the troubled ones. I was “THAT” teenager—the at-risk kind of kid that neighbours whispered about and relatives avoided [...]

1101, 2018

Self-Reg: Looking to the Future

By | January 11th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

There is a widespread tendency to see resilience as a trait. For Self-Reg, it is an aspiration. We are constantly looking for ways to build a child or teen’s resilience: their capacity, as Ungar puts [...]

101, 2018

Our Top 10 Self-Reg Blog Posts of 2017

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

As we come to the end of another calendar year, Stuart Shanker, Susan Hopkins, and The MEHRIT Centre team have been reflecting with gratitude on our ongoing Self-Reg journey and the many lovely lessons learned [...]

2112, 2017

Crisis Averted, Trajectory Changed

By | December 21st, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|4 Comments

By: Cathern Lethbridge Four years ago, I was following a Twitter feed that literally changed my career and my life. I started seeing people posting tweets with photos of slides from a man talking about [...]

1412, 2017

A Happy Holiday Musical That’s Much Happier Thanks To Some Co-Regulation

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|1 Comment

I'm very lucky! I work with amazing and talented people on the Kindergarten team at our school. But when one of these great people suggested that we put on a Kindergarten Musical for the holidays, [...]

1112, 2017

The Head, The Hands and The Heart: In Conversation with John (Jack) Miller

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

Reflections on Well-Being In Ontario K-12 Education: Part II By: Stefani Burosch It’s funny how sometimes we get introduced to people or ideas at just the right time or at just the right moment in [...]

2811, 2017

Are We Really The Only Ones That Care? A Self-Reg Look At Self-Assessment

By | November 28th, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

I remember many years ago when I taught Grade 6. There were a couple of students that I probably worked with more than others. I wasn't the only one. Prep coverage teachers also worked with them a lot. [...]

2111, 2017

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|1 Comment

Neuroscientists have recently made a startling discovery as to why so many students these days are having trouble with math. Brain imaging has shown that starting at a young age, a simple problem in arithmetic [...]

1411, 2017

What If? Series: Reframing Report Cards

By | November 14th, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

Sparked by recent news about upcoming changes to Ontario’s Elementary report cards, Susan Hopkins and Stuart Shanker muse about how reframing the idea of report cards could make them a more enriching and informative experience [...]

811, 2017

Everyday Self-Reg: Manners and Courtesy

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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 [...]

311, 2017

Who We Are, Where We Come From

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|2 Comments

Reflections on Well-Being in Ontario K-12 Education By: Stefani Burosch “Literacy is the ability to share our life story, by whatever means that we are able do that.” - David Bouchard, Acclaimed Métis Author, Literacy [...]

3110, 2017

What If? Series: Chew On This

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

Because of our modern diet, today’s children (and adults) spend considerably less time chewing than our early human ancestors. In this vlog, Dr. Shanker and Susan Hopkins discuss the self-regulatory and educational implications of this [...]

2610, 2017

Hearts and Rainbows: The Brain’s Beautifully Imperfect Reward System

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By: Lindsay Pearson I am a professional who has spent the last 12 years immersing myself into the world of early childhood education, honing my skills and focusing all my efforts on helping teachers and [...]

2310, 2017

I Love You More Than the Moon Loves the Stars

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|2 Comments

In this video blog, Susan Hopkins and her daughter Siena share a simple game they like to play called “I love you more than the moon loves the stars.” The game is an example of [...]

2010, 2017

Grieving Through The Five Domains

By | October 20th, 2017|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|6 Comments

This post was written on September 30, 2017. Ever since I read Stuart Shanker's Calm, Alert, and Learning, and then later took the Foundations 1 Course through The MEHRIT Centre, I've started to see my personal [...]