BEP073 – Families as Experts Series: SEL at Home

Continuing our family-facing series on supporting your child at home, we talk about practicing social emotional learning (SEL) at home, what SEL means, and its familiar and unfamiliar applications. 


02:00 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is about being able to manage one’s self and relationships. CASEL defines SEL as the process, through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. 

CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

08:04 What do you suggest that families do for their kids at home to help practice social emotional learning? 

09:05 Science behind learning, stress, and mindfulness

10:00 Managing emotions and starting by, you know, engaging in activities around mindfulness and connection.

12:33 Helping kids recognize when they’re feeling anxious, when they’re feeling stressed, when you know that they’re getting that fight or flight response, what are the things that calm them down

15:15 Setting up an emotional or mental break space and laying out the foundation to then apply academics

15:29 Sources and effects of stress

19:00 Another strategic way that families can support kids is by reiterating the value of what they’re learning so that they’re reframing learning from a source of stress, to something that is interesting and relevant and fun and inspiring and can be an empowering force in their lives, a transformative force in their lives.

20:00  How do we help kids just reframe their mindsets around learning so that it has value for them and it’s meaningful for them, and it’s a source of inspiration and even refuge when there are so many stressors that they can not control?

22:00 Start with doing guided meditation together or create a little toolbox of like strategies that you do when you’re stressed out. 

23:00 how to motivate kids – concept of the learning challenge

27:39 James Nottingham’s learning pit

 The Learning Pit

29:00 James Nottingham’s book, “The Learning Challenge”

BEP052 – What Does “Developmentally Appropriate” Mean?

32:36 Teaching kids to know how to name and recognize emotions to help them know what they need to do to shift their behavior

36:01 caregivers, give yourself a break. You don’t need to be an expert. You don’t need to be a tutor. You just have to be a coach for your kids. 


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