A Road Map to Cultivating Leadership in Children

A Road Map to Cultivating Leadership in Children

February is the time of the year that we honor our greatest leaders as we celebrate both President’s Day and Black History Month.  Through education, parenting, and experiences that cultivate emotional intelligence skills we can help children develop in these areas. Here are some of our favorite articles on the subject of how to develop leadership skills in children.

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Living the Meeting House Values

Living the Meeting House Values

I recently returned from a trip to Yosemite National Park. This experience gave me the opportunity for learning, reflection and a few days of catching up with an old college friend. As The Meeting House Founder, I was inspired by the leadership at Nature Bridge, Yosemite's educational partner, to improve my own emotional intelligence and share those skills with adults in our community. Here are some visual inspirations from my trip plus seven ideas in social emotional learning that I've committed to in 2018.

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Feeling Lonely? 5 Tips for Staying Social During the Holidays

Feeling Lonely? 5 Tips for Staying Social During the Holidays

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But the festive season can be full of the added stress that comes with extremely high expectations and busy calendars. For some, the holiday season is difficult, and additional support is needed to avoid feeling isolated. Here are a few ideas on how to stay active and connected throughout the holiday months.

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Emotional Intelligence Starts with Adults

Emotional Intelligence Starts with Adults

Through all of the expansion this fall at The Meeting House, we always keep social and emotional learning at the forefront of our mission––now more than ever, we must remember the importance of emotional intelligence. As we engage in conversations on difficult topics with our children and overwhelming news stories like the recent terror attack in our hometown of New York City, we want to emphasize how social emotional learning helps us process information and emotion, and can prevent such tragedies from happening to begin with.

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Making Halloween Fun For All

Making Halloween Fun For All

With the costumes, candy, parties and trick-or-treating, Halloween is many children’s favorite holiday. They revel in the dressing up, and find the festive decorations and spooky symbols of this season -- spider webs, mummies, ghosts and vampires -- thrilling. However, for many kids, even though they may look forward to Halloween, the sensory stimuli that comes along with this holiday can be challenging. Here are some tips to keep the festivities fun for all.

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Emotional Intelligence Training for All!

Emotional Intelligence Training for All!

In June, while our students were enjoying their first week of summer, TMH teachers and staff became the learners for the day during a training in the RULER approach to social-emotional learning. We were joined by teachers and staff from Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, a public school in Harlem that has become a national model for the implementation of this approach. We settled in, notepads and pens in hand, to learn directly from RULER developers, Dr. Marc Brackett and Dr. Robin Stern, from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

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Back to School Tips for Healthy Eating

Back to School Tips for Healthy Eating

As parents, we want to make sure our children are eating a balanced diet. When your child is a “selective” eater, that can be difficult, and back-to-school time is when issues around pickiness can become more problematic than ever. Whether your child takes a lunch or eats at a school cafeteria, if he or she only eats a very limited selection of foods, this can make for some challenging conversations.

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