A great little graphic about reframing behaviour!
From Ross Greene, posted on https://www.facebook.com/keltymentalhealth/
Simple Ways to Connect and Appreciate at Mealtimes
I love these simple ideas for creating family connections at meal times! Many families don't sit down to eat together, even at dinner time. It's so important to have time together each day. What do you do in your family to stay connected?
Monday's Recommended Reading: Books on Death and Grief
Helping kids understand grieving and death can be a big challenge for parents and educators. When addressing a difficult topic in counselling, I often use children's books. If you are wondering how to support a child through a loss, New York Public Library has compiled a helpful list of books on this topic, including The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, a great book for using with younger children.
Explaining the science behind tears
This week, one of the kids I work with described herself as a "cry baby." We talked a lot about what that meant to her. Why do we cry? Why do some people cry more than others? Is it bad to cry? It turns out tears are a fascinating and often helpful nervous system response to powerful emotions like hurt, disappointment, joy, sadness, and anger.
"The nervous system is responsible for allowing tears to flow and the experience of rest with special neurotransmitters governing this interaction. When the futility of something registers in the amygdala in the limbic system, it shifts gears in the nervous system and the parasympathetic system is activated. Tears may fall or disappointment and sadness will be experienced."
Dr. Deborah Macnamara's article on the science behind tears is definitely worth a read for parents and educators!
A Book of Feelings