Category: Social Emotional

Three easy ways to practice gratitude as a family

Gratitude is a powerful force. It can turn one’s whole day around. Simply thinking about the things we are grateful for squeezes out negative thoughts that creep in. But it’s a skill that has to be practiced. Here are three easy ways to practice gratitude as a family.

Help for social emotional learning: Fred Rogers

One of the resources you’ll hear me recommending repeatedly as part of the homeschooling or parenting journey are teachings from Fred Rogers. I grew up on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (the show ran from 1968 – 2001). After the premiere of the animated series Daniel…

How to teach kids about giving back

When I was a child, the idea of “giving back” meant donating toys I didn’t play with anymore and putting money in red kettles at the front of stores. My family took food to the local food bank and my parents helped me buy…

Back to School with ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’

(this post originally appeared August 25, 2016 on KCTS9.org) Tuesday, Sept. 6, our favorite fuzzy friend, Daniel Tiger, kicks off a week of new episodes and new songs that focus specifically on school-readiness strategies. I had the opportunity to watch two of the upcoming shows,…