How can we as parents support our children when they are experiencing deep, emotional responses? Further, how do we as Instructors at SWAT help children grow in their ability to self-regulate when moments test them most?
By stretching our Auditory and Visual Processing centers on the mats, we are giving our students real time examples of how to address, filter and execute missions in the moment within an exciting environment.
Summer fun and carefree, sunny days can have the same Pooh Bear affect on our kiddos! Distractions of play, engagement in special activities, shifts out of a usual routine while all well intentioned can at times contribute to a spirit of forgetfulness in our children.
Just as we adults have our moments of distraction and forgetfulness, so do our kids! This is not a skill we were born with, it was learned. Now as parents, it is our job to equip our little ninjas with tools like the Brain SKILLZ elements: Attention Control and Response Inhibition.
In this 4 part blog series, we’ll break down each of the 8 skills we use on the mats to support whole brain development.
Most parents and children are not even thinking about the back to school countdown. But, teachers, administrators, and students will once again be filling the halls and back to classes in just a few weeks. To prepare for this, it’s crucial that parents implement strategies now to give their children a jump start before heading back to school.
The rising monotony of each day brings about an increase in technology use to keep them occupied. What they should be doing is embracing the boredom and allowing their creative juices to flow.
Let’s face it, conflict is hard and is bound to happen no matter what ground rules are put into place. Whether it’s on the playground or right in our own homes, children will clash. And while it can create challenging situations, it is a normal event that occurs between children. This is why conflict resolution is an essential life skill for them to learn.
Summer break is typically viewed as a time for relaxation, fun, and no schedules – but it’s also the perfect time to get children back on track, or even ahead!
While we want our children to get a much needed break from ‘hitting the books,’ there is a present challenge of ensuring the break doesn’t effect their development. We’ve come up with a few ways to ensure that your kiddos get the rest they need, without creating a gap in their growth socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.