Saturday, February 18, 2017

Everyday Neuroscience for Educators, Parents and Clinicians


Neuroscience Meets Education

Bloom Brainsmarts: Where Neuroscience Meets Education. The BLOOM approach helps with learning and behavior and both are inextricably connected. It's been exciting to share everything we've learned with educators, parents and clinicians. We've taken years of research and experience and put it into a framework that works across environments, with some of the most challenging behaviors you can imagine. If this approach works so well with intense kids, imagine what it can do for all kids! There are a few days left to sign up. Find out more HERE.


A BLOOM BrainSmarts training is currently in progress and you can still join
until 2/2117. Just a few days are left! This 12 hour training provides
printables, handouts and MORE that you can start using immediately!
Find out more about it HERE!


A Systematized Approach You Can Count On

What's more, our framework is systematized...it's put into an easy "SAY, THINK and DO" format that is easy to apply and remember.  We think that you'll find once you adopt the BLOOM approach, you will apply it to every human interaction you have. It's just that powerful! 

Making Real and Lasting Change

We are coming up on the two-year anniversary since the release of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. It seems like I just received my own copy in the mail (what an exciting moment that was), yet so much has happened in the meantime!

Dr. Lynne Kenney and I have trained countless educators, parents and clinicians in the BLOOM approach. We are grateful, and more importantly, we are so happy to hear what a difference this loving, neuroscientific approach is having in classrooms, homes and clinics across the world!

This picture was just shared with me this week by a wonderful mama, 
Kaylee M., who has seen changes in mere days of using BLOOM at home!
These changes have even carried over into school! Thanks so much 
for sharing your GREAT news and allowing us to share with others, Kaylee!


BLOOM this Spring in South Dakota...

Finally, I will be providing a keynote presentation at the South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference focusing on BLOOM. I'm super excited to continue broadening the circle of "BLOOMERS"! If you are in the South Dakota area, I hope you can join us! Learn more about it HERE!

Combining what we know about neuroscience, the social sciences and relationships make real and lasting change in all environments for all people. 

Join us and start BLOOMING today! 


Looking for products that are based in 
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Feelings: Resources for Coping with All the Feels


All the Feels for Kids

Help kids learn about the value of kindness, empathy and the importance of dealing with feelings in a healthy manner. These characteristics are often associated with the heart and it is always the perfect time to promote these concepts! As my grandpa (Dziadzia in Polish) used to say, we "got a whole lotta" posts on that! You can find them all HERE! Click that link and dig in! There's lots to be had!

Resources that Help Kids with Feelings

If you're someone who likes to give gifts with a dual purpose...ones that are fun and engaging and teach at the same time, and you'd like to shy away from candy, sugar and electronic, battery-operated fare...why not go for an item that helps kids learn more about their emotions and helps them develop social-emotional skills?

Here are a few things we adore, for starters:


Click the images to learn more about each resource!











What's your favorite way to help kids learn how to manage feelings?



Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is  the founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. She is the creator of numerous workbooks and resources to help from the preschool through the teen years. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter and Facebook! She'd love to see your smiling face there! Affiliate links may be used in this post. Please see our full disclaimer, located at the top of our page for more information.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day with Kids




The season of love is upon us. Hopefully, the season of love resides in your household all through the year! Valentine's Day just gives us a bit more of a reason to lay some love on our kiddos just a bit more heavily!

You needn't spend a dime to show your love to your child! In fact, we share 8 of our fave ways to show your child you love them with our FREE printable, which you can grab HERE!

Whether you try to figure out your child's Love Language or spend time playing games like "Hide anr Seek" or Hi-Ho-Cherry-O (one of my kids' faves when they were tots), it's a great time to take stock of what all of the little lovelies in your life mean to you.

If you want to mark the occasion with a thoughtful gift that teaches, or a fun craft or activity, here are some ideas:

A Bit Quirky, and Perfect for Budding Scientists



These aren't even close to the typical box of chocolates.
Your budding scientist will think they are way sweeter, too!
Find these HERE.





Want Crafts and Activities?


Looking for more Valentine's Day Fun?
Find over 100 Valentine's Day Activities HERE!


How About Some Heartful Art?


Find our trusty Heartful Art by clicking the link.


Reading Time is Loving Time




This was one of my oldest's fave when he was child.

Let Them Wake Up to a Festive Room

Amscan Blushing Valentine's Day Candy Heart String Party Decoration, Multicolor, 7', 6 strands
It's easy to do with mom's little helper.



How About This for the "Maker" in Your Child?

LEGO Bricks & More Valentines Cupid Dog 40201 Building Kit

Encourage STEM/STEAM skills with this building kit!


Try TableTOPICS to connect on a deeper level:

TABLETOPICS Original - 10th Anniversary Edition: Questions to Start Great Conversations
Talk to connect with the whole family!


Be sure to get our FREE printable, too!
Click image below to learn more!




Stay Tuned!




We'll be back next with Valentine's Day for Kids with
"All the Feels"! You can find that post right HERE!


Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is  the founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. She is the creator of numerous workbooks and resources to help from the preschool through the teen years. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter and Facebook! She'd love to see your smiling face there! Affiliate links may be used in this post. Please see our full disclaimer, located at the top of our page for more information.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

8 Ways to Cultivate Parental Patience


8 Ways to Cultivate Parental Patience

We’re only human, which makes us the perfect fit when it comes to raising other humans. Because of our humanity, we are susceptible to impatience. The times when our impatience makes its presence known may not be some of our most shining moments of parenthood, but these times need not define us. Like anything else, patience can be cultivated and developed. That’s good news for all of us!

Patient parents have happier and more well-adjusted children. If you’re patient, your children are more likely to be patient with others as well, including your future grandchildren. That’s good news for everyone, as it has a ripple effect reaching far beyond the confines of our homes.

Here, we share eight ideas on cultivating patient parenting:

1.     All the world’s a stage. Here’s a classic tip that really works. Everyone’s behavior improves when they believe they have an audience. Maintaining your composure is much more likely if you pretend that someone is watching you.

2.     Remember back. Sometimes we forget that we were young once, too. If you can see things from your child’s perspective, you’ll be more likely to keep your emotions under control.

3.     Take a break. Sometimes the smartest move is to disengage for a few minutes. Give yourself a chance to collect yourself and then return with a calm composure. Notice how much better your conduct yourself after taking a few minutes.

4.     Focus on the long-term. Kids are just kids. We all know they’re not perfect. You’re their teacher, so use a challenging moment to teach them something valuable.

·       Demonstrating patience in a tough moment will show your children what patience is like. Point out to them how they can use the same positive techniques for beneficial results.

5.     Review session. When the situation is over, ask yourself how you could’ve handled the situation better. Then visualize yourself handling the situation in the new way. If you do this enough times, you patience will continuously improve. This is the road to developing a high level of patience.

6.     See things in the context of development. Children’s brains aren’t even close to developed…not in the least.  They rely on you to help them manage BIG, over-the-top feelings. Stop punishing children for not knowing how to manage big emotions. Avoid reprimanding children for their skill-deficits. Instead, focus on skill-building for a better tomorrow.

7.     Count to 10 or take 10 deep breaths. Even better, do both at the same time. You can avoid your initial impulse to overreact. You’ll be able to feel the frustration melting away. Taking a moment to calm yourself provides an excellent model to your children about how it’s done. Taking deep breaths help you unhook from your own emotional brain and access your prefrontal cortex (the area of your brain that makes good, solid decisions).

8.     Set a goal to be more patient. Intention counts for a lot. Start each day with the intention of being a more patient person in general. Practice patience with everyone in every situation. If you’re a more patient spouse, friend, and employee, you’re bound to be a more patient parent, too.

·       Having a goal creates a target and helps to bring about focus. It’s challenging to become more patient if you don’t have patience as a goal. Give it a try.

Patience can be nurtured. You have to take the first step and be very intentional about it. An added bonus is that patient parents build stronger relationships with their children. Don’t delay…start being more patient today!


How do you practice patience? We’d love to hear about it!



Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is  the founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. She is the creator of numerous workbooks and resources to help from the preschool through the teen years. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter and Facebook! She'd love to see your smiling face there! Affiliate links may be used in this post. Please see our full disclaimer, located at the top of our page for more information.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ways to Say I Love You to Your Child FREEBIE

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The Best Things in Life are Free!

Some of the best things in life are free, and love is one of them! As we celebrate the season of love, here are some great ways to tell your kids you love them, most without even saying a word!

FREE ways to say I love you!

You needn't spend a dime to tell your child you love him.

Just SAY it!

Spend time with him!

Laugh with him!

Give him a foot or hand or shoulder massage!

Watch a movie together.

Read a book.

Share a bowl of popcorn.

Create an art project together!

Get Your Free Printable


Come get your free printable HERE! It's available in our shop. You do have to enter basic info in order for the download to be sent to you. You don't even have to sign up for anything, if you don't care to. Kids, you just gotta love them! What would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments!


More Valentine's Day Fun:
Teaching Kids About Kindness and Compassion




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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Help for Teachers, Parents and Clinicians




I have a quick question.
Do you wish you could STOP having to manage your child's behavior at every turn of the corner? Are you exhausted at the end of the day as a teacher, parent or clinician? Feeling weighed down because you're constantly putting out fires and just trying to stay afloat? Feeling at a crossroads when it comes to a fresh approach to age-old problem behaviors?
Stop it!

Stop second-guessing about all of it and start doing what works! It's all about to change. Here's more:



Learn more HERE!

The Answer

The answer lies in neuroscience. Once we learn the how's and why's about the brain, and add interventions that are research-based, we can approach behavior problems from a fresh paradigm: one that lifts up children and helps them move to prosocial behaviors much more quickly than traditional approaches. 

Guess what? Dr. Kenney and I took all the pain out of reading and researching for you. We've spent thousands of hours reading, researching and comparing strategies and interventions, as well as creating our own interventions that are supported by the research. We've taken away the pain and bring you a powerful set of ready-to-use interventions. 

Ready? Go HERE to learn more!

Early Bird Pricing is in effect until January 31, 2017. 

Hope to see you on the inside!


Friday, January 13, 2017

National Rubber Ducky Day: Feelings Games



It's National Rubber Ducky Day

It's National Rubber Ducky Day on January 13th, but as a child therapist and early childhood mental health consultant, I may use these delightful yellow creatures on any given day of the week!

Playing with feelings is a common theme for most child therapists and counselors, but you can easily play along at home with the kids, too!





Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Feelings Ducks

1. Using a Sharpie, draw feelings on the bottom of the rubber duckies. The more, the better! If you need help coming up with feelings to add, look RIGHT HERE for a bit of feelings inspiration!
2. Allow children to pick ducks, one at a time and read the feeling aloud. Then, tell about what might make someone feel that way and how they could cope with it.


Duck-Duck-Feelings

1. Provide each child in the group with a ducky, on which the bottom has a different feeling written in  a Sharpie.
2. Proceed and play a typical game of duck-duck-goose, only when someone is named the goose, they first stand up and read out their feeling. Everyone in the group makes a face that demonstrates that feeling. The person standing gets to tell about what might make somebody feel that way. The group gets to offer ways to manage and cope with that feeling.
3. Proceed on until everyone has a turn!


Want to read more about the Rubber Ducky's Rise to the Top? Go HERE for details!

If you like this simple idea, you're going to LOVE this: Dr. Lynne Kenney and I will be sharing tons of interventions to help teachers, clinicians and parents help kids learn self-regulation skills in just a few weeks! Go HERE to learn more about registering for the 12 hour online workshop! You can take it from anywhere in the world!

Need more games and activities that provide a comprehensive, therapeutic-strength approach to help kids understand and cope with feelings? Go HERE!

Until next time,

Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is  the founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. She is the creator of numerous workbooks and resources to help from the preschool through the teen years. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter and Facebook! She'd love to see your smiling face there! Affiliate links may be used in this post. Please see our full disclaimer, located at the top of our page for more information.


                                                  
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