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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.

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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_710xBright 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_710xTo 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_710xOur 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_710xThe 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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This publication from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University helps parents of children under age 2 notice and respond to their child's feelings and behaviors. The resource describes what to expect about their child's communication in the first two years, and strategies for identifying and interpreting their child's cues. 

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, CLICK HERE.

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35616546?profile=RESIZE_710x“Cooperation is the ability to balance one’s own needs with someone else’s.” We round out the school year with an article from Zero-to-Three entitled Tips on Helping Your Child Learn to Cooperate. This resource gives concrete examples of “how cooperativeness grows across the first three years of life” and offers tips on a variety of situations, such as:

  • Taking turns,
  • Setting limits and explaining requests,
  • Taking time to problem-solve,
  • Suggesting developmentally-appropriate chores,
  • Praising cooperation, and
  • Giving choices.

It’s well worth the read. Check it out today and leave us a comment to let us know what you thought.

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14754947?profile=RESIZE_710xOur friends at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University offer another excellent resource on Teaching Your Child About Feelings. The article outlines developmentally appropriate expectations from birth to 36 months. It offers many strategies parents can incorporate into their everyday routines and activities, including talking about feelings and modeling healthy expressions of strong emotions. The authors suggest specific feeling words to focus on, ways to plan and prepare for inevitable tantrums, and quick and easy activities like peek-a-boo, playing in the mirror, pretending, and singing songs like “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” The article also stresses the important of modeling good self-care as another way to focus on…

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Responding to Your Child’s Bite

14269918?profile=RESIZE_480x480The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning at Vanderbilt University offers an excellent guide for Responding to Your Child’s Bite, a behavior with which many parents of young children have had to contend. This article is definitely one you’ll want to save for future reference. 

The authors explore the many reasons why children bite and give very specific ideas about what parents and caregivers can do. They suggest quickly and calmly removing the child from the situation, directing your attention to the person who was bitten (rather than the biter), acknowledging the biter’s feelings, and offering alternative behaviors the biter can use to express strong emotions, such as saying “Stop!” or “Help!” The article also describes the need for patience and proactive…

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