Daddy and Me is an exciting series of events giving dads fun opportunities to get active with their little ones. Hope to see you at either or both events this month.
As, always, we celebrate the importance of dads in healthy families. Whether this program suits your family or not, we hope to increase awareness about how AWESOME dads are. Dads matter for many reasons but here’s a moving post about Why Dads Matter – Especially for Girls
Dads are also more likely to play physically than moms. This could be rough and tumble play, object play or tag. This is a generalization but it is another facet of how dads can support kids. This blog post from the CBC describes how a simple game of catch can layer in life skills for your kids. Physical activity helps kids build life skills.
December is very busy for all of us. Dr. Rick Hansen has written a revolutionary book, Hardwiring Happiness, which warns us that our brains are velcro for bad experiences but often don’t notice the positive moments. This is especially true at holiday time. As a parent of both adult and young children, I have seen how the daily routines overshadow the beauty of parenting. It is often in retrospect that I appreciate the gifts that were in front of me.
Instead of getting overwhelmed with the negative, Dr. Hanson, recommends taking just a few seconds at a time in the flow of daily life, to turn your experiences – the pleasure in a cup of coffee, the accomplishment in finishing a tricky email, the warmth from a child’s smile – into lasting inner strengths built into your brain, such as resilience, balance, and positive emotions. This is a Christmas gift for yourself and your children.
We wish you moments of joy and relaxation between the hours of hustle and bustle.
This year the Librarians have invited Gerald and Piggie from Mo Willems’ award winning Elephant and Piggieseries to host our annual sleepover on November 30th! They will be in charge of decorating the Library and getting the place ready for a visit from Santa. This is a big job and they need lots of help! Gerald and Piggie would like to invite all of the stuffed animals in town to join them for a sleepover! They will have a video camera with them to record all of the fun they have and the mischief they get into!
Will they have another book-cart crash? Will someone get stuck on the ceiling? Will that monkey get flattened in the laminator again? Check out our two-part video of last year’s event: Scaredy Squirrel’s Sleepover!
Kids can drop off a stuffed friend at the Library by 9:00pm Saturday, November 30th. When they pick them up at 9:00am Sunday, December 1st, we will all sit down with some hot chocolate and a treat to watch their crazy video! Your stuffy could be the star of the show!
This is for kids of all ages, free and no registration is required. Please distribute widely.
We are learning that the softer side of parenting and educating can be more important than anything else we do with kids. In essence, it is not what we do with children that matters; it’s who we are in their lives that counts. With so much information about educating our children and parenting, in general, we can start to doubt our own abilities. Learning about attachment can help parents use their intuition to lead their children.
On Saturday, November 23, you are invited to come meet Dr. Sonia Vellet, an attachment pyschologist from Vancouver, who can help us harness attachment research to work peacefully and successfully with our kids. It has been proven that children with strong attachments to the adults in their lives fare well academically and socially. We hope to see you at the Child Care Resource and Referral office to learn with us later this month.
Dr. Gordon Neufeld, another attachment advocate from Vancouver, granted this interview recently, explaining some basic attachment concepts. This interview might unsettle you a bit. It can open up a lot of new questions. Although the interview is quite long, the conclusion at 17:00 is worth the time.
Please come to discuss your ideas and questions with other parents and with Dr. Vellet on November 23rd.
We believe the consistent morning times have been helpful for parents at Robert Ogilvie and Duncan Cran StrongStarts. Our attendance is better than ever. If you haven’t been by lately, please come see our newly painted rooms and new, natural play materials.
All four StrongStart Outreach programs will be up and running in November. We would like to welcome the following early childhood educators, teachers and community members to our early learning team.
Robert Ogilvie StrongStart was featured on Shaw TV recently. We are very grateful for the support to spread our message of free play-based early learning opportunities. Many thanks to Logan Dalziel-Fischer for sharing her insights.
This clip has two stories on it. The StrongStart piece starts at 1:15 on the video.
Self regulation is a hot button topic in our world. We are becoming more aware of the affects of constant stimulus on our bodies and our concentration. This interaction with our world comes from our senses, our emotions, other people, our impulses and reactions and our thoughts. As Dr. Stuart Shanker teaches, there are five formal domains of self-regulation:
Biological – how well the child regulates her internal states and sensory stimulus’ like sight, sound, smells, touch and tastes.
Emotional – how well the child identifies, monitors and modifies her emotional responses
Cognitive – how well the child can sustain and switch her attention; inhibit impulses; deal with frustration, delay gratification, ignore distractions; sequence her thoughts
Social – the child’s mastery of rules of socially appropriate behaviour; how well the child can co-regulate or help others to participate in social norms
Pro-social – the desire and ability to develop and sustain relationships, support and care for others, act inclusively and be an engaged member of a community
Each domain builds on the others to help us stay calm, alert and focused. This is most easily learned while playing, being physically active and in close relationship with people who love us. Daddy and Me Gym Night and Families in Motion are monthly opportunities to practice all of these skills in a playful environment.
As I observed the play at Daddy and Me this month, I noticed examples of:
children experiencing new sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures, in a very stimulating enviroment
kids and dads managing powerful feelings: excited, joyful, frustrated, sad, angry, scared
We don’t often get the chance to welcome the whole family into our StrongStart centre. Tonight, to celebrate FSJ Loves Families week, we hosted a Family StrongStart night to allow everyone to come play together. It’s not alway easy to make time for play. StrongStart makes all kinds of play possible for families.
The FSJ Literacy Society offer a free family literacy program for parents with children 0-6. The fall program has many openings this fall. It is a great program; parents study whatever they choose: high-school courses; driver’s manual; improve reading comprehension; math skills; courses for work, etc. Adults don’t have to be taking a formal course; they can study for personal goals. There is a teacher on-site to tutor all participants. Parents bring their children and there is free childcare. The children play with a licensed ECE instructor while they study. The Literacy Society provides healthy snacks and free bus passes. The program is offered Tuesday & Thursday mornings each week.
Register by calling 250-785-2110 or email email@example.com
Start any time between Sept 2013 – April 2014, if spaces are available