As we kick off the new school year with so many changes, there is at least one staple that will not be changing… implementing the Pyramid Model at The Children’s Center (TCC).  Since 2017, TCC staff has been a part of a huge change in the NH Department of Education to better cater to the proper social and intellectual development of our young minds.  After a competitive process to apply for a grant, we were one of five community collaboratives in NH to be chosen to receive Pyramid Model training and a 5-year state grant that we share with the Governor Wentworth Regional School District to get started. 

Do you struggle with stressful mornings when you want to lay your head down and cry before 8:00 a.m.? Do you often leave the house in an angry, frantic rush? Mornings can be a particularly challenging time for parents. Getting your entire family up and out the door is no easy task! It is important to understand that your morning routine serves as the foundation for your family’s entire day. You can create a morning routine that not only helps your day to begin more smoothly, but also teaches your child important skills that he needs to become more independent and confident. A morning routine can also reduce challenging behavior such as crying, whining and tantrums.

Recently, I was talking with a parent that has a child in elementary school.  The parent was concerned as their child had been restless and having angry and physically aggressive outbursts.  You could tell she was at her wit’s end on what to do.  The shakiness in her voice and the tears began to well when saying that she had tried everything.  I was so proud of her for asking for help.  Parents should never hesitate to ask for help when it comes to these types of behaviors.  Often, a simple shift or two can change everything for the better.    

I am worried that my children might be getting “down” from being home and isolated. What should I watch out for and how can I help them?

It is no surprise that children are starting to have a realization that this is something that is not simply going away. In a past post, I talked about how humans seek an equilibrium and when we feel unbalanced it can affect our stress level. For some, it becomes detrimental to our day to day functioning.

My school-age child already seems to really be missing her friends at school. How can I help her?

I have great news!!! We can still help our children build their social-emotional skills during a time when we are being asked to practice “social distancing”. In my line of work, I almost wish we could call it “physical distancing”, because it does not mean we have to stop communicating or even socializing.