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Image showing the first page of the Building Resilience guide Researchers at Zero to Three have developed a guide for early childhood professionals to support parents and caregivers in fostering their child's resilience to adversity. From ZerotoThree.org: 

"In this brief, the authors explain how resilience can be recognized and fostered at four levels: the individual, the family, the school and caregiving systems, and the larger community. They also suggest ways that parents can build their child’s resilience on a daily basis by teaching self-care, emphasizing the positive, building a strong parent-child bond, reading together, encouraging social skills, maintaining a daily routine, nurturing self-esteem, and practicing reflection."

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“Self-regulation is the act of managing thoughts and feelings to enable goal-directed actions.” It’s a set of skills we begin working on right after birth and continue refining through adulthood. Self-regulation is an important goal for infants and toddlers as it enables them to shift the focus of their attention, soothe themselves, adjust their behavior, and seek help from others when it’s needed.

This two-page snapshot from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes ways in which parents and caregivers can observe self-regulation in very young children, strategies they can use to support its development, and the research behind “lessons learned about interventions to promote self-regulation in infants and toddlers.”…

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3679909502?profile=RESIZE_710x Teaching Your Child to: Identify and Express Emotions from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) at Vanderbilt University offers actionable tips for caregivers on how to use everyday opportunities to help children learn about their feelings.  

You can check out this resource and more at the CSEFEL site here: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/

Download the resource directly to your device here: https://wested.box.com/shared/static/x0lyydphf30decczxpdv7pqd2hngjhfk.pdf

 

 

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes…

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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD have come together to produce a handout on Psychological First Aid, which offers parents “Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters.” This detailed and easy-to-read resource examines behaviors young children typically display after a disaster as well as what parents should know about and do in response to those behaviors.

Here’s an example:

If your child has problems sleeping . . .

Understand that children often dream about things they fear and can be scared of going to sleep . . . when children are scared, they want to be with people who help them feel safe, and they worry when you are not together . . .

Ways to Help: Hold him and tell him that he is safe, that you are there and will not leave . . . this…

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This article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a quick read about co-regulation, which the author defines as “warm and responsive interactions that provide the support, coaching, and modeling children need to ‘understand, express, and modulate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors’ (Murray et al. 2015, 14).” It’s part of the “Rocking and Rolling” column which appears in Young Children three times a year. “It Takes Two: The Role of Co-Regulation in Building Self-Regulation Skills” offers real-world examples of co-regulation strategies, with infants and toddlers of various ages, as well as detailed tips and things to think about and try.

Let us know about the co-regulation strategies you use in your work by leaving a comment below.

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The Backpack Connection Series features 25 downloadable handouts on how parents and early childhood professionals can “work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior.” The handouts provide a wide variety of tools and strategies for caregivers across four main categories: Addressing Behavior, Emotions, Routines and Schedules, and Social Skills. Examples include “Addressing Behavior – How to Help Your Child Stop Biting,” “How to Help Your Child Transition Smoothly Between Places and Activities,” and How to Help Your Child Learn to Share.” View these handouts online at https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/Implementation/family.html#collapse2. These resources are also available in Spanish and Chinese at the California Teaching Pyramid…

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801149269?profile=RESIZE_710x Bright Futures at Georgetown University and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health have collaborated to develop the What to Expect & When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers. The Tools* focus on supporting healthy social-emotional development, and are available for any caretaker or professional to access and download for free, both in English and in Spanish. The Infancy tool (English version,…

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135087515?profile=RESIZE_710x To an adult's logical mind, the extreme reactions of toddlers to choices or situations they don't like can be baffling and frustrating. How can parents respond to their toddler's tantrums when the rationale doesn't seem to make sense? This article by Claire Lerner, LCSW-C and Senior Parenting Advisor at Zero to Three, explains that this behavior is developmentally appropriate for this age, and shares information and strategies to help parents respond calmly and support their child's development. 

Read the full article, "I Said I Want the Red Bowl! Responding to Toddlers' Irrational Behavior," on PBS.org here: …

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132314410?profile=RESIZE_710x Our friends at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have curated an impressive collection of articles written just for families. For example, one set of articles, on social and emotional development, includes the following titles:

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130651350?profile=RESIZE_710x The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website states: Essentials for Childhood proposes strategies communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.” The authors outline four goals:

  1. Raise Awareness and Commitment to Promote Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments and Prevent Child Maltreatment;
  2. Use Data to Inform Actions;
  3. Create the Context for Healthy Children…
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