This blog post by Lindy Sood, Co-Founder of Love Powered Co. spoke so deeply to my Mamma self, my Teacher self, my Student self and my Entrepreneur self, I had to share the power of self-compassion and reinforcement that our little ones are haring us and learning from us as they go from #Chaos2Calm.
I realized, that he has been listening (whether it be subconsciously or consciously or BOTH), the whole time. His display of pure, sweet, empathy, brought me back to reality, and with a deep love for these little beings, and a sprinkle of self-compassion, I wrapped my arms around my two favourite petite humans. It was going to be ok.”
We made it fellow teachers, the first week of school is complete and everyone is safe! Hooray! But my #Chaos2Calm mindset wonders, are these little people feeling safe?
The DDSB has a grassroots initiative that started last year @PearsonAjax called The First 20 Days of Well-being and this @20DaysWellbeing has caught fire! Essentially an entire school begins the school year participating in community circles that are themed around building connections among students in the school so they know they belong, matter and are valued. I always share with my little ones that I have 2 jobs as their Teacher: First to ensure they are safe, and second, to grow their brain 😊
Part of feeling safe for students is knowing they matter, that they’d be missed, or noticed. One major win for me is that I finally got a couch for my classroom and my teacher heart is so happy. You’d be surprised how meaningful it is to sit beside a child and read (or share) with them, rather than teaching reading strategies from the other side of a desk in 1:1 interactions.
Mattering really matters.
So as we ease into week 2 of school and assessments begin and more academic expectations are prevalent, remember that proactive, intentional positive community circles, class check-ins and continued relationship building really matters.
The way we speak to our children matters, those words travel beyond their ears, settling into the creases of their hearts and the crevices of their self-worth.
We as adults could benefit from this great message about not pretending, and that we ARE enough.
Thank you to the many educators who came out to the DDSB Summer Institute Chaos2Calm in the Classroom session this afternoon.
When you… give me feedback,
I feel… appreciated and excited
Because… I know that together we can help teach children they matter, that they are safe with us, that their big feelings are okay, and that we are here to help them figure out how to be their best selves.
Thank you so much for your time today DDSB Child Professionals!
Tweet your biggest AHA! @MrsMParentCoach #Chaos2Calm #Mad2Glad
‘Difficult feelings are tunnels, and we are trains traveling through them.
We have to move all the way through the darkness to get to the—you knew this was coming!—calm, peaceful light at the end of the tunnel.
Find out why well-meaning parents and caregivers often attempt to intercept our children on their journey through an emotional tunnel,” and why we need to stop at https://pickanytwo.net/the-train-analogy-that-will-change-how-you-see-your-crying-child/.
The impact of today’s announcement will impact the parent’s of children with Autism, their teachers and most importantly, their siblings and classmates. Our youth will bear the brunt of these changes.
See Autism Ontario’s response: http://bit.ly/aomar11
As a Parent Coach and Educator in Ontario schools, I’m beyond concerned!!!