Working parents are most productive and focused at work when they know their children are healthy, happy, and thriving.
The physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of children is critical for working parents so they can focus on their work without fear, stress, worry, or guilt about their children's health or comprehensive development.
The global pandemic with its prolonged isolation, uncertainty, and stress has impacted parents and children physically and emotionally.
We now understand how stress experienced by working parents during the pandemic, likely transferred to children and negatively impacted their developing brains.
Social, emotional, behavioral, and academic problems are popping up in K-12 schools across the U.S. To make matters worse, these problems are now coming at a time when parent and educator mental health are at an all time low with parents and educators both saying they are burned out.
Now more than ever, children need comprehensive expert support to regain what they lost in the pandemic and to redirect them toward a brighter path of greater health, happiness, and academic success.
Activities and programs that support early childhood development are critical for children's comprehensive health, but it's also important for our nation's future. We need to focus our efforts on teaching children all the skills they need to be successful today and tomorrow.
Physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of children is critical because it lays the foundation for their future, as well as our country's future. The U.S. needs our children, the next generation of workers, to have nurtured and healthy minds and bodies to take on the complex challenges of today and tomorrow.
Help your child learn to self-regulate their emotions by providing them with a calm down corner.
Use this feelings chart to show your children all the different ways to feel. A feelings chart can help normalize all emotions and help children more accurately identify how they are feeling.
Use this color chart to help children identify how they are feeling and learn how to regulate their emotions.
As much as we would like to protect our children from scary news or current events, they often become aware of them due to conversations with peers at school or through social media.
What is the best thing we can do as parents and caregivers when these things happen?
"The art of creating: Why art is important for early childhood development," Michigan State University
"When your kid misbehaves, it’s easy to point out what they’re doing wrong. But research shows that approach can backfire. Instead, it’s usually more helpful to ignore behavior you don’t want and give lots of positive attention when your child does the right thing." - Child Mind Institute
"Try a visual sensory experience such as watching glitter settle in a mindfulness jar. Make your own mindfulness glitter jar with this simple activity. ," PBS Kids.