I think most of us would agree that this whole teaching online thing is a real challenge. It happened so quickly in 2020 with little guidance and/or training. Do we even have the equipment for online education?

On top of all of that, there was and still is a pandemic happening in the world. Talk about stressful.

Rest assured as this post will make things just a bit easier as I give you 5 ways to engage kiddos virtually.

  1. Get up and get moving! A common misconception about digital learning is that students need to sit in front of their…

For Kids and Adults

Remember when we talked about the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS)? These two are like twins, but with completely opposite traits. They are yin and yang.

Just to recap, SNS is a flash flood of hormones (fight or flight response), while PNS ensures all body functions work as they should (rest and digest response). This is all part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). I may be biased, but outside of the brain itself, this is my FAVORITE area of study.

Anxiety, depression, and stress are on the rise in both kiddos and adults, right now…

Picture this scenario:

You’ve gone to a grocery store after a hectic day of work. The lines at the check-out area are long and moving at snail speed. Then, you spot a cashier that looks like they are doing things faster than the others. However, after switching lines, you realize it’s not any faster than your previous one. Unfortunately, you can’t keep switching lines, so you have to patiently wait for your turn. You start fidgeting, getting impatient and frustrated, then you finally get to the conveyor belt.

The cashier looks at you, smiles, and asks, “Hello! How are…

Your feelings are just as important as your kiddos!

Parenting is certainly one life-changing experience. You’re often playing catchup to kids’ feelings and antics every day as they grow. They, too, are going through different new challenges that make them experience various emotions and complex feelings. Add this to the day-to-day societal expectations, other family members/children, hormones, and your kiddo’s emotional outburst may sometimes be directed at you.

As parents and educators, it’s difficult to deal with the experience of having our children hurt our feelings. …

Write a note

Writing is used in our everyday communication. Letters, emails, newspapers, magazines, texts, and books communicate through writing. Before writing came to be, history was preserved in the elderly’s memories. Writing preserves records, communicates, makes war, and brings peace. But…..can it be used to communicate effectively with our kiddos?

We’ve been talking about how to effectively communicate with our kids. As parents and educators, the one sure way to ensure our children are safe and secure is through communication. It builds and strengthens our relationship with them. However, having them listen isn’t an easy task. They may rebel, act defensive, and…

Using informative communication to achieve results

From the time kids are born, warm, gentle, and responsive communication is significant for them to feel secure and safe. It’s also what builds the relationship between kiddos, their parents, caregivers, and educators. Their skills and growth development are pegged on them being secure, safe, and in a solid relationship with those adults in their life.

We have to talk with our kids every single day. But, let’s face it, most of us run tight schedules. Having conversations with our kids is done lightly, so we can move to putting out the next fire on our “To Do” list. …

Try using some humor

Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Personally, I couldn’t agree more!

As parents and educators, there are so many strategies that we use to try and motivate our children to communicate with us. We do our best to ensure we capture their interests, and they participate in our discussions.

We have been going through the disarming communication series over the past 2 weeks. We’ve learned that sometimes we have to let go and maybe “lose” for a relationship to win. If we want to be heard, we have to listen to them first….especially with our…

Use the “One Word” strategy

When it comes to kids, do you find yourself talking, lecturing, or repeating what you said over and over again? Resulting in getting annoyed and then raising your voice or yelling?

And even then, your kiddos give you blank stares of disobedience and defiance?

Every parent and educator would love to have their kids listen without cajoling, lecturing, or threatening them, right? It sounds like an easy task, but it needs intention and consistency. There is a big difference between diving orders (AKA taking away power and control) and communicating in such a way that sets kids up for success…

Improving communication by giving kiddos choices

We have to admit that a big part of raising kiddos is preparing them for the world. We want to be sure they are equipped with the required skills to succeed in life and to cope with failures.

Kids grow SO fast. The time to equip them with these skills is now, and the younger the better. Over the last week, we have been learning about disarming communication with children. Communication is a two-way street so as we talk with them, we are teaching them how to talk with others. …

Improve communication using problem-solving

Have you watched the famous TV series The Simpsons? They got two things spot on. One, kiddos can call your name on repeat for as long as it takes for you to respond or listen. Think about it. How many times have you heard the soundtrack of your name call-outs during the day? Especially with preschoolers.

The other thing they got right is that adults often don’t know how to speak to kids. They normally go with long lectures that lose their children’s attention. Just like Bart and the other kiddos in The Simpsons, all they hear is blah…

Lauren Spigelmyer

Professor, brain coach, book devourer. I use a neuroscience-based approach to reduce stress, and diminish behaviors. Find me: https://www.thebehaviorhub.com/

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