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Stuart Shanker
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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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |5 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: , , , , , , , , , , , |8 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 [...]

1701, 2019

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

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

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 [...]

1501, 2019

The Clean Up Conundrum — We Know That Self-Reg Is The Answer, But What Can We Do?

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |25 Comments

Usually when I contribute a post to The MEHRIT Centre blog, I do so as a way to share reflections, celebrate a success, and discuss some possible next steps. My posts are always about what I [...]

801, 2019

Words Matter. But Sometimes the Interbrain Matters More.

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

How many times have you really needed and wanted to support a stressed out person, only to find that your supportive words just didn’t do the trick? (Pick me!) I’m sure we’ve all had this [...]

2112, 2018

The Time Mom “Went Limbic” Over Some Pancakes

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“Can you cut my pancakes for me mom?” “No Siena, you need to cut your own pancakes.” Then came the 9-year-old version of a protest: that slumped over, big sigh drama moment about the unfairness [...]

1112, 2018

Reaching Out: The Most Important Parenting Skill of All?

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

I recognized the tone of voice right away. My friend Mara* was on the line. (*names changed at family’s request) “How are you doing?” I asked. “I’ve been better,” she replied. Mara’s voice caught a [...]

412, 2018

My Sick Day: Making It Through Thanks To Foundations 1

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It's the start of cold and flu season in Ontario. I often joked that I was "immune to getting sick," having spent so many years around kids and germs, but this year, it got me. [...]

2011, 2018

Blue Brain Red Brain Balance is the Key

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Parents are forever asking us: “Can Self-Reg help me with my child’s challenging behaviours? Nothing I say or do seems to help.” Self-Reg will indeed make a difference—a huge one—in dealing with problems like explosive [...]

611, 2018

The Adult Version Of “Can I Play Too?”: My Experience With Social Stressors

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|2 Comments

I am currently enrolled in a Teacher Leadership course through our Board. This is the second face-to-face course that I've taken, and in both cases, I've struggled with the same thing: those initial social interactions. If I [...]

3010, 2018

What’s Different (and So Great) About Self-Reg

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|1 Comment

As a journalist, researcher and father, I have been studying the fascinating, messy world of child development for 30 years. I’ve had many aha moments, and surprising insights over the years, but in the past [...]

2310, 2018

What Does It Really Mean To Restore?

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|3 Comments

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 [...]

1610, 2018

Stressors Experienced by Parents Raising “Differently Wired” Children

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

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 [...]

910, 2018

Step Away From the Stickers

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|8 Comments

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 [...]

210, 2018

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

By | October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

2509, 2018

Is That Table for THAT? Unexpected Connections in the Prosocial Domain

By | September 25th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

My teaching partner, Paula, and I have been spending a lot of time in the past few weeks observing how our students use the classroom. Sometimes we just stand back and observe the room, and [...]