parenting

29 10, 2019

Finally it Comes Together! Self-Reg helps us understand what we already know

By | 2019-10-29T13:06:03+00:00 October 29th, 2019|

The more I learn about Self-Reg and the brain/body science of stress, the more I have been struck by the same thought over and over. Self-Reg explains things I’ve sort of known for years, but couldn’t articulate very well. So often I’ve watched children, including my own, act in ways [...]

5 02, 2019

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

By | 2019-02-11T17:24:22+00:00 February 5th, 2019|

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 this picture and tell me whether there is something in the rabbit’s mouth: This phenomenon [...]

29 01, 2019

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

By | 2019-01-15T17:10:57+00:00 January 29th, 2019|

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 her keynote address, Dr. Clinton drew from her wealth of experience and knowledge to address [...]

22 01, 2019

No Such Thing as a Bad Kid

By | 2019-02-13T11:06:47+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|

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 manic and hyperactive. Some have trouble going to sleep and others don’t want to do [...]

8 01, 2019

Words Matter. But Sometimes the Interbrain Matters More.

By | 2019-01-15T17:09:52+00:00 January 8th, 2019|

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 experience. It’s not always easy to find the right words to say to someone in [...]

21 12, 2018

The Time Mom “Went Limbic” Over Some Pancakes

By | 2019-02-14T17:41:12+00:00 December 21st, 2018|

“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 of my response. In a perfectly non-Self-Reg parenting moment I responded, “You are more than [...]

11 12, 2018

Reaching Out: The Most Important Parenting Skill of All?

By | 2018-12-03T17:48:56+00:00 December 11th, 2018|

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 bit on the word better, the clear sign of someone trying to hold it together. [...]

13 09, 2018

Concerned About Your Child’s Behaviour? Don’t Do This

By | 2018-09-12T14:44:14+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

When people ask me for advice about how to deal with a challenging behavioural issue from a child, I always start with my personal “Rule #1.” Whatever else you do, try not to make it worse. Why? Because if we don't make it worse, a lot of child behaviours, traits, [...]

6 09, 2018

Stranger Danger

By | 2018-09-05T10:19:54+00:00 September 6th, 2018|

In this vlog, Susan applies a Self-Reg lens to the question of whether or not giving children the message that strangers are dangerous really makes them safer. She shares her personal opinion that it might be better to help kids develop their own internal compass and learn to trust their [...]

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