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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
Who’s in Control and Why Does it Matter? In this podcast, Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel discuss the struggle that can sometimes arise between the early educator and a child in finding the balance between limit setting and power struggle. Some children can literally ‘run’ the program—how does this happen and how does the staff regain control? Priscilla shares some real life examples that can help shift the balance again. Podcast
Why Becoming a Good Parent Begins in Infancy Social skill acquisition is profoundly important in attaining personal satisfaction in relationships and achieving success in many spheres of life, including parenting. Professionals, who are uniquely positioned to observe and help shape relationship skills, have a special responsibility to be aware of those educational opportunities and of the context in which relationship education of parents, children and youth is occurring.  Document
Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best? Why do babies like gift boxes best? The answer lies in their development. While the toys and presents can be cute and interesting to adults, babies can't do much with them and they do not offer the endless opportunities that the box and the paper do for exploring with all the senses. Children at one year of age are in the stage of development Piaget (a psychologist who studied child development) called sensor motor play when babies actively explore toys and other objects first with their eyes, then with their hands and mouths. Website
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
Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. For example, this resource shares how researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling, it changes the way they think about math. "We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform," said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. Website
Why Play? Play is and always has been an important factor in enabling each individual to develop to his or her optimum potential. Play experiences are essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Through play a child uses his creativity while developing his imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. 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