Teaching Coping Skills
Every day we are seeing the effects from children that struggle with stress and the lack of coping skills. With onset of technology and the lack of interpersonal relationships, children are thrust in impersonal and technological world that is not conducive to the basic needs of a child. The first five years of a child’s life are very important. How your child develops in the first years of their life will determine what kind of adult they will become and how they will navigate the world.
Ninety percent of the brain is developed by the age of five. Children at ages 1-5 build trust with their parents, peers and caregivers, it is imperative this be a positive learning experience. The mission for our school is to create healthy habits and coping skills that will last a lifetime.
A certain Psychology Today article written by Monica Ricci, comes to mind.
"Parents have the best intentions and behave out of love, but in truth, sometimes they do their kids a disservice. If children move through childhood and into adolescence, sheltered from the negativity of the world, many ending up as adults with no ability to cope. Some become emotionally fragile, having missed out on the small coping lessons childhood is supposed to teach.
We all love our kids but let them fail. Let them fall. Let them get disappointed. Let them lose the soccer game, the board game, the baseball game. Let them get cut from the cheerleading squad. And when they do, hold their hand, tell them it's not the end of the world, and help them find the life lesson in every small adversity. It's these small lessons that teach them to successfully cope with the bigger curve balls life will inevitably throw their way."
I love working with young children. I want to be a part of their successful transition from preschool into childhood, adolescence and beyond. We celebrate failure and we encourage tenacity. We teach our students it is necessary to fail to learn, our brains grow from our failed experiences. Most importantly we need to allow our children to learn how to cope with failure and those things that inevitably happen to us all of us at some time in our lives. We have fun and we comfort our disappointments when things don't go our way. We teach young children how to deal with bullies and how not to take things personal, not by trying to fix the world, but by teaching tolerance.
Some Ways We Learn to Cope
"Ive learned that children may forget what you said, or what you did, but my desire is they will never forget how you made them feel. -Mayo Angelou