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What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child to suffer, actually exacerbate the youngster’s anxiety. It happens when parents, anticipating a child’s fears, try to protect her from them. Here are pointers from the Child Mind Institute for helping children escape the cycle of anxiety. Document
What to Expect and When to Seek Help: Tools to Promote Social and Emotional Development About the Tools: Throughout the tools, a strong emphasis is placed on strengths as well as concerns. The information under "What to Expect" not only offers a guide to healthy development and parenting, but provides information that parents can find reassuring about their child's behavior and their own parenting. The tools provide an opportunity to identify concerns at an early stage. The information under "When to Seek Help" includes concerns that might be addressed with additional information, as well as concerns that signal the need for further assessments and services. Website
When Children Miss Their Friends "Since children are spending a lot of time at home these days due to COVID-19, they’re likely to really be missing friends from school and other parts of life. But there are ways to help children stay socially connected, even when they’re physically apart." Explore these activities from Sesame Street. Website
When Things Aren't Perfect: Caring for Yourself and Your Children The human body is designed to handle some stress. Some stress, like the first day of kindergarten or working on a big school project, can actually be positive and help kids develop resilience. Resilience means being able to adapt and cope with stress in a way that helps you get better at handling stressful situations in the future. Document
Why Hurry? Respecting Development and Learning There is a lot of pressure on parents and teachers to have children ready for school. Families are inundated with a barrage of information from websites, television commercials, and well-meaning friends about buying or doing certain things so that their children will be successful. Teachers are being pushed to make sure they are instructing children, even babies, in the skills they need to be "ready" for the next step, whether it is preschool or kindergarten or reading. However, David Elkind (1987) states, no authority in the field of child psychology, pediatrics, or child psychiatry advocates the formal instruction, in any domain, of infants and young children. In fact, the weight of solid professional opinion opposes it and advocates providing young children with a rich and stimulating environment that is, at the same time, warm, loving, and supportive of the child's own learning priorities and pacing. It is within this supportive, non-pressured environment that infants and young children acquire a solid sense of security, positive self-esteem, and a long-term enthusiasm for learning. Document
Why Interaction Must Come Before Language Every family member is eager to hear their child use words and start putting sentences together. But did you know that the road to successful communication begins long before children start using words? Website
Wilder Child Guidance Center - NW Branch The Wilder Child Guidance Center NW Branch site has descriptions of Wilder's Youth, older adults, community and neighborhood, affordable housing, cross-culture support, anti-violence, and welfare to work programs. There is a very handy intrasite search engine, volunteer opportunities, consulting, a newspaper, research center, and other publications available on-line. Website
Wilderness Inquiry (WI) Wilderness Inquiry is a non- profit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor fun for people of all abilities and walks of life. The outdoor activities are in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Website
Working with Families: Rethinking Denial Working with Families: Rethinking Denial is a very thoughtful article that deals with what families go through in processing their understanding what life may be like for their child with a disability. Document
Working with Infants and Toddlers: The Importance of Family Partnerships Tips for building partnerships with family members of infants and toddlers. Tipsheet