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In a chaotic, dysregulated, big flipped lid moment, your child’s brain will struggle to take in any extra stimuli. It is too focused on the flood of big emotions it is feeling. This isn’t a great time for lots of talking, as that is more than likely going to fall on ears that cannot process what you are saying right now. 

Hence, the power of a silent moment. Where you are communicating to your child that you are there to support them to manage their big feelings. Maybe you repeat a simple line, like, “I can see you feel so frustrated. I am here to help”

The thing is. You have lots of time to talk to them, discuss their actions, come up with a plan for next time, teach some coping skills... but this all comes after they have calmed, their lid is back on, and their brain can better process what you are telling them. 

In the middle of the chaos of all those big feelings, sometimes silence is your best tool. 

To learn more about flipped lids, upset brains and handy tips and tools, check out our regulation kit! With webinars, visuals, coping skills and more, you’ll be armed with lots of tools to better manage those big emotions. 
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In a chaotic, dysregulated, big flipped lid moment, your child’s brain will struggle to take in any extra stimuli. It is too focused on the flood of big emotions it is feeling. This isn’t a great time for lots of talking, as that is more than likely going to fall on ears that cannot process what you are saying right now. Hence, the power of a silent moment. Where you are communicating to your child that you are there to support them to manage their big feelings. Maybe you repeat a simple line, like, “I can see you feel so frustrated. I am here to help” The thing is. You have lots of time to talk to them, discuss their actions, come up with a plan for next time, teach some coping skills... but this all comes after they have calmed, their lid is back on, and their brain can better process what you are telling them. In the middle of the chaos of all those big feelings, sometimes silence is your best tool. To learn more about flipped lids, upset brains and handy tips and tools, check out our regulation kit! With webinars, visuals, coping skills and more, you’ll be armed with lots of tools to better manage those big emotions. . . . #yycparents #parenting #positiveparenting #kidsconnect #childdevelopment #dailymom #survivingmotherhood #caregiver #positivesolutions #attachmentparenting #momssupportingmoms #morethanmom #teacherspayteachers #educatorsrock #iteach #teachersofinstagram #yyc #coregulation #selfregulation #emotionalregulation #regulation #regulationtoolbox #flippedlid #brainscienceforkids #brainscience
Looking ahead to the new year can feel hopeful. While goal setting is something that most people do all year long, there is something invigorating about a New Year’s Resolution...and your kids may want to get in on the goal setting as well. For children older than six, they may enjoy the whole goal setting process. For younger children, take the time to reflect with them on the year and what they liked best.

🎇Reflection. Before setting any new goals, talk about this year first. What is something you and your child appreciated about this year? Was there an accomplishment they were most proud of? Appreciate the old year before looking ahead to the new. 

🎆Be a good role model. Bring your own goals to the table, and build some connections between your goals and the reflection on the past year, incorporate family values, and show them what a good goal can look like. 

🎇Keep it positive. For example, focus on new skills they are excited to learn, relationships with friends and family, or ways to contribute to the family household.

🎆Help brainstorm. They aren’t your goals, so even if you think that should work on something, this is a time for your child to decide on a goal that is meaningful to them.

🎇Involve the whole family.  Maybe this past year you all reflected that you enjoyed spending more time together playing games so set a goal of a family game night once a week!

🎆Simple is best. Don’t have too many goals. 1 goal is just fine. 

🎇Teach habit building. New habits require baby steps, so talk to your children about the change process and help them brainstorm the first little steps in the goal they created.

🎆Support. Set up a system for checking in on them and giving them support And they can do the same for you! Regular family meetings can be a great way to check in throughout the year. 

What are your family goals for this year?
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Looking ahead to the new year can feel hopeful. While goal setting is something that most people do all year long, there is something invigorating about a New Year’s Resolution...and your kids may want to get in on the goal setting as well. For children older than six, they may enjoy the whole goal setting process. For younger children, take the time to reflect with them on the year and what they liked best. 🎇Reflection. Before setting any new goals, talk about this year first. What is something you and your child appreciated about this year? Was there an accomplishment they were most proud of? Appreciate the old year before looking ahead to the new. 🎆Be a good role model. Bring your own goals to the table, and build some connections between your goals and the reflection on the past year, incorporate family values, and show them what a good goal can look like. 🎇Keep it positive. For example, focus on new skills they are excited to learn, relationships with friends and family, or ways to contribute to the family household. 🎆Help brainstorm. They aren’t your goals, so even if you think that should work on something, this is a time for your child to decide on a goal that is meaningful to them. 🎇Involve the whole family. Maybe this past year you all reflected that you enjoyed spending more time together playing games so set a goal of a family game night once a week! 🎆Simple is best. Don’t have too many goals. 1 goal is just fine. 🎇Teach habit building. New habits require baby steps, so talk to your children about the change process and help them brainstorm the first little steps in the goal they created. 🎆Support. Set up a system for checking in on them and giving them support And they can do the same for you! Regular family meetings can be a great way to check in throughout the year. What are your family goals for this year? . . . #yyc #yyckids #positivediscipline #childhood #canadianparents #peacefulparenting #consciousparenting #normalizegentleparenting #connection #parentwithoutfear #mentalhealth #childhoodmentalhealth #connectionbeforecorrection #newyear #newyearsresolution #goalsetting #goodbye2022 #skillbuilding #growthmindset
The holidays are so much fun...right? Music, lights, treats, movies, presents, family, special activities, extra decorations... but can there be too much of a good thing?🤔🤔🤔 

Signs your child may be experiencing a little bit of holiday overload:
☆more irritable
☆sleep is negatively impacted 
☆more frequent or more intense meltdowns
☆requesting or requiring comfort objects more frequently 
☆more hyperactive and harder to calm 

Thankfully. There are some simple and easy ways to remedy the effects of holiday overload.
☆𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞: keep meals and certain activities consistent, with some special events thrown in. 
☆𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦: talk to them about special activities. Let them know what they will be doing and what to expect.
☆𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: every day have some time that is for them to play with their favorite toys or relax with a favorite book.
☆𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐱𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: work in relaxing activities alongside the exciting, energy filled ones. This should help to regulate over excited little bodies. Try some Cosmic Kids yoga with the whole family!
☆𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: having activities you do every year can be helpful as your child will already know what to expect and what to do during that activity. 
☆𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐤𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐠𝐨: as parents, we may make grand plans that seem really fun... but when the day comes and it's all falling apart, it's okay to say
The holidays are so much fun...right? Music, lights, treats, movies, presents, family, special activities, extra decorations... but can there be too much of a good thing?🤔🤔🤔 Signs your child may be experiencing a little bit of holiday overload: ☆more irritable ☆sleep is negatively impacted ☆more frequent or more intense meltdowns ☆requesting or requiring comfort objects more frequently ☆more hyperactive and harder to calm Thankfully. There are some simple and easy ways to remedy the effects of holiday overload. ☆𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞: keep meals and certain activities consistent, with some special events thrown in. ☆𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦: talk to them about special activities. Let them know what they will be doing and what to expect. ☆𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: every day have some time that is for them to play with their favorite toys or relax with a favorite book. ☆𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐱𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: work in relaxing activities alongside the exciting, energy filled ones. This should help to regulate over excited little bodies. Try some Cosmic Kids yoga with the whole family! ☆𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: having activities you do every year can be helpful as your child will already know what to expect and what to do during that activity. ☆𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐤𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐠𝐨: as parents, we may make grand plans that seem really fun... but when the day comes and it's all falling apart, it's okay to say "this isn't working for us right now. Let's go". What are some of your favorite ways to relax with your kids during the holidays? . . . #yycparents #yyc #positiveparenting #momsofinsta #childpsychology #psychologistsrock #morethanmom #positivesolutions #momssupportingmoms #playful #playwithpurpose #emotionalregulation #coregulation #holidaystress #holidays2022 #kidsoverload #holidayemotions #2022christmas
Cold snaps can feel cozy at first, but lead to stir crazy kids in the blink of an eye.

☆bring the snow inside!: bring in snow for a fun sensory bin experience. Put it in totes, or a water table, or even the bath tub. A fun way to play with snow, without having to come in for frequent breaks 

☆arts and crafts: mix it up! Put some paper on the floor and do foot painting. Take leftover wrapping paper and let them rip, glue and decorate. Bingo dabbers are a fun way to add some color to projects. Get a little messy, it will be okay 😉

☆obstacle courses: our whole main floor has turned into a giant obstacle course the last couple days. Tents, forts, pillows, blankets, dog beds...whatever we can find. Then see how fast they can do it! 

☆baking: pick something to make and get everyone involved. Scooping, dumping, and scraping.. there are jobs for all ages! Don't forget to have them help with dishes!

☆fashion show: raid the closest for old clothes, costumes etc and set up a fashion show. Make a runway, have a host, set up chairs for the audience... your fashion show could easily turn into a talent show as well. What is every family members secret talent?

Stay warm and have fun! What's your favorite cold weather activity?
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Cold snaps can feel cozy at first, but lead to stir crazy kids in the blink of an eye. ☆bring the snow inside!: bring in snow for a fun sensory bin experience. Put it in totes, or a water table, or even the bath tub. A fun way to play with snow, without having to come in for frequent breaks ☆arts and crafts: mix it up! Put some paper on the floor and do foot painting. Take leftover wrapping paper and let them rip, glue and decorate. Bingo dabbers are a fun way to add some color to projects. Get a little messy, it will be okay 😉 ☆obstacle courses: our whole main floor has turned into a giant obstacle course the last couple days. Tents, forts, pillows, blankets, dog beds...whatever we can find. Then see how fast they can do it! ☆baking: pick something to make and get everyone involved. Scooping, dumping, and scraping.. there are jobs for all ages! Don't forget to have them help with dishes! ☆fashion show: raid the closest for old clothes, costumes etc and set up a fashion show. Make a runway, have a host, set up chairs for the audience... your fashion show could easily turn into a talent show as well. What is every family members secret talent? Stay warm and have fun! What's your favorite cold weather activity? . . . #parenting101 #attachmentparenting #positiveparenting #momsofinsta #childpsychology #consciousparenting #parentguide #yycfamily #specialeducation #specialneeds #coregulation #teacherlife #mentalhealth #calgary #childdevelopment #teacherspayteachers #kidsconnect #yyc #Coldweather #brrrr #babyitscoldoutside #indoorfun #learnthroughplay