Emotions and Behavior
June 28, 2018
Seedling
A Primer on Pronouns and Gender Identity

A Primer on Pronouns and Gender Identity

More youth are identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community than ever before in American history. A recent study found that as many as 1 in 4 young people identify as “nonbinary”, meaning outside of male or female. Additionally, 1 in 5 young...

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Managing Stress

Managing Stress

For over a year now, we have been navigating extreme uncertainty.  The hyper vigilance of staying safe, piloting constant change, and the effects of isolation and loneliness, have taken a toll.  Fears and insecurity can create chronic stress which negatively impacts...

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Transitions: Tips for Mentors

Transitions: Tips for Mentors

In a normal school year, transitioning to a new school (such as Elementary to Middle or Middle to High school) can be daunting. COVID has only compounded anxiety about any changes, and that’s before considering things like returning to full classrooms. Many of our...

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It’s Important

It’s Important

Given the significant social, environmental, and political events of the past year, it may feel like it’s more important now than ever to spend time with your mentee simply talking about their feelings to process all of the changes we’re experiencing. We always...

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Talking About Current Events

Talking About Current Events

We’ve all been shaken by the acts of violence that took place this week in Washington D.C. and at several state capitals across the nation.  The violent actions have left a significant impact on us as a nation and as individuals and may lead to conversations...

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Fighting Racism Through Mindfulness

Fighting Racism Through Mindfulness

Jill Suttie of Greater Good Magazine, interviews Law Professor Rhonda Magee on how mindfulness-based awareness and compassion is key to racial justice work.  For more than two decades Professor Rhonda Magee has worked to address issues of race, racism, and...

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Somatic Experiencing and Mentoring

Somatic Experiencing and Mentoring

“The super-power of human kind is our capacity to connect; it is regulating, rewarding, and the major route by which we can teach, coach, parent, heal, mentor and learn.” Dr. Bruce Perry At Seedling we often refer to our mentors as having “super powers.”  You have...

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The Holidays and Practicing Gratitude

The Holidays and Practicing Gratitude

Navigating the holidays in a mentoring relationship can be tricky. As Seedling mentors, we are sensitive to the fact that some households may not celebrate holidays we hold dear. This reality might be due to religious practice, financial distress or family strife. The...

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Cultivating Patience

Cultivating Patience

Lately, it seems like everything in the world is happening at once. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of deadlines, news, and the daily grind, and feel like we have to demonstrate tangible success every day. Research of human growth and development tells us that...

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Mentoring and the Art of Validation

Mentoring and the Art of Validation

When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our job to share our calm, not join their chaos”  -L.R. Knost As Seedling mentors, our goal is to be a trusted friend, boost our mentee’s positive self-esteem and safeguard their opportunity to thrive!...

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Coping With Stress

Coping With Stress

The school year is upon us and, in any normal year, that often brings its own stress and anxiety. Of course, 2020 has proven to be anything but normal. How can we cope with the stress of all of the uncertainty that dominates our current landscape? We’ve put together a...

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Recognizing and Responding to the Effects of Trauma

Recognizing and Responding to the Effects of Trauma

The National Council for Behavioral Health reports that 70% of adults in the US have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives, that’s 223.4 million people.  As Seedling mentors, we must be mindful that many of our mentees have already...

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Is It Bullying?

Is It Bullying?

In a recent Washington Post article on parenting, author Braden Bell presented his perspective on why it is important for children (as well as parents and caring adults) to be able to differentiate between mean or unkind behavior and bullying.  As a teacher,...

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Empathy – Perhaps The Greatest Human Regulator

Empathy – Perhaps The Greatest Human Regulator

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Dr. Bruce Perry and Dr. J. Stuart Ablon spoke to AISD staff, students, and partnering organizations about their current research and work on The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, a model that has shown great...

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Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse

Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse

Knowing the signs and behaviors that indicate something might be wrong in a child’s life is important information for caring adults and mentors, as it is our obligation to keep kids safe from harm and mistreatment. It is up to adults to recognize when something...

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Child Abuse & Neglect

Child Abuse & Neglect

It’s hard to imagine someone intentionally hurting a child. Yet KidsHealth.org reports that nearly 1 million children are abused every year in the United States alone. This staggering figure reflects only confirmed cases of child abuse. Kids Health says,...

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What is ADHD

What is ADHD

Many mentors have experienced, at one time or another, a mentee who just couldn’t sit still, had endless energy, and lacked the ability to focus.  While these behaviors are sometimes associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the disorder...

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Building The Six C’s Of Positive Youth Development

Building The Six C’s Of Positive Youth Development

CONNECTION Positive bonds with people, including peers, family, school, and community, that provide a sense of structure, safety, and belonging Spend time learning each other’s likes and interests and connect over shared interests or experiences.   Follow the child’s...

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Trauma & The Brain

Trauma & The Brain

How Does Trauma Affect The Brain?Trauma causes the brain to function from the “survival center.” Trauma responses come from the autonomic nervous system. When students are faced with a perceived threat they will go into a flight, fight, or freeze response. These...

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How The Nine Temperament Traits Affect Behavior

How The Nine Temperament Traits Affect Behavior

SensitivityHigh sensitivity children are like radios with the antennas up, only they are not picking up just one station but ALL the stations at once. Sensitive children may notice everything from the tag in their tee-shirt to the temperature of their milk. They often...

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Shame, Guilt, And The Power Of Empathy

Shame, Guilt, And The Power Of Empathy

The words guilt and shame are often used interchangeably, but there are major psychological differences between the two: Guilt is a common feeling of emotional distress that signals us when our actions or inactions have caused or might cause harm to another person....

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Kids Who Experience Trauma

Kids Who Experience Trauma

Most of us are familiar with grief. It is often something we are comfortable showing and thus sharing. It entails feelings of sadness and often loss. Trauma on the other hand is something that often remains hidden, something that is dealt with privately, many times...

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Emotional Vocabulary List

Emotional Vocabulary List

ANGER, APATHY, and HATRED Soft Anger and Apathy Annoyed Apathetic Bored Certain Cold Crabby Cranky Critical Cross Detached Displeased Frustrated Impatient Indifferent Irritated Peeved Rankle Medium (or Mood State) Anger Affronted Aggravated Angry Antagonized Arrogant...

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