Microbreaks: How a Few Moments Well Spent Can Change Your Whole Day

It’s hard to believe we’re over two years into a pandemic with no end in sight. For parents, the cumulative toll of the social isolation and disruption has been particularly heavy. One parent’s recent description on social media struck me. “Standing on the corner of burned-out parenting and exhausted working,” the parent wrote. “It’s soul […]

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Why Labeling a Child’s Emotions Can Backfire (and What to do Instead)

Every parent has done it. You see that your child or teen is struggling with a situation, and you try to help them understand their emotions: “You seem angry.” “You’re really feeling frustrated.” “I can see that you’re upset.” But instead of soothing the child, your words serve as a trigger.  “I am not!” the […]

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Why Your Child Can’t Access Coping Skills When They Need Them Most

Many parents try to empower their children by teaching them techniques to calm themselves when they’re upset: breathing slowing, doing calming yoga poses, thinking positive thoughts. Recently, I did an informal survey, asking parents whether their kids ever have trouble using these kinds of coping skills. The overwhelming response: yes! Not only do children fail […]

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Halloween: An Opportunity for Creativity and Connection

With Halloween around the corner, kids’ thoughts begin turning to candy and Jack-o’-lanterns. The autumn holiday offers something else, too: an opportunity to nurture your child’s creativity and, in the process, check in with them emotionally. Anytime children let us in on the workings of their imaginations, they’re providing us with valuable glimpses into their […]

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Finding our Way Back: How Trauma-Responsive Practices Can help us Face this Moment

There were moments during the pandemic when it seemed this time might never arrive. But day by day, week by week, children are returning to classrooms. Even as we face the future, it’s important to reflect on how we have all endured a prolonged period of stress. Over many months, we have experienced cues of life […]

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Supporting Behaviorally Challenged and Neurodivergent Students in Education and Special Education

“Davon”, a quiet and loving eight-year-old boy diagnosed on the autism spectrum, was placed in a special education class with ten other classmates. Unable to use spoken language, he employed a picture-exchange system to communicate. His teacher worked hard to determine what he needed or wanted, yet often Davon would wail loudly and move about […]

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As Kids Return to School, Five Ways Teachers Can Support Emotional Health

Whether classrooms are reopening virtually or in person, we’ve never seen a new school year like this one. And never has it been more important for teachers to relieve their students’ stress and bolster mental health. We know that students learn best when their bodies and brains are in a calm, alert state. That’s difficult […]

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How to talk to your child about wearing a mask

It’s not easy to be a parent during a pandemic. As school districts debate whether or when to reopen, families find themselves struggling with the implications of those decisions. One of the most significant is the requirement to wear masks — in school, in public, and other times we come close to people outside our […]

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Addressing Implicit Bias in Our Schools

The protests and headlines of recent weeks have forced many of us to examine our lives and communities through a new lens. In the process, we have opened our eyes to bias and discrimination as never before. Consider the experience of Loren, a Black child whose teachers treated him differently from his white peers from […]

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Grateful for this! How Beyond Behaviors impacted a dad’s perspective on his child❣️ #Beyondbehaviors
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
The big picture - we need to be building resilience.

Brain-Body Parenting empowers parents with tools to help their children develop self-regulation skills while also encouraging parental self-care, which is crucial for parents to have the capacity to provide the essential “co-regulation” children need.

When parents shift from trying to secure compliance to supporting connection and balance in the body and mind, they unlock a deeper understanding of their child, encouraging calmer behavior, more harmonious family dynamics, and increased resilience.

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
Polyvagal Theory widens the perspective on managing kids' challenging behaviors.
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
Excited for the paradigm shift happening in parenting! Learn more about how I’m introducing it here:

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.7 days ago
Hey friends, Have you tried out the child behavior quiz? We created it as a lighthearted way to think about the autonomic nervous system pathways that influence children’s behaviors. Remember it takes a while to load up on your phone. Take care during these stressful times❣️