Emotions and Behavior
June 28, 2018
Seedling
Substance Use and Mentoring

Substance Use and Mentoring

Phoenix House Texas, a nonprofit drug prevention program shared valuable information to Seedling Mentors at our March Training.  Their mission is to provide young people and their families vital education and life skills to avoid substance abuse.  While current...

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Loneliness and Social Isolation

Loneliness and Social Isolation

Loneliness is a state of mind when one feels disconnected from others. People who feel lonely may feel left out, lack companionship, or struggle to connect.  Related to loneliness, social isolation focuses on the lack of connections someone may have. In today’s...

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What is Your Superpower?

What is Your Superpower?

Have you ever considered the qualities you possess that make you unique, make others feel important, or seem to present themselves right when you need them are actually your “superpowers?” Take a moment to consider what your special superpower is… what are some...

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Practicing Vulnerability in Mentoring

Practicing Vulnerability in Mentoring

It is no secret that being vulnerable in relationships takes courage.  Renowned researcher of vulnerability, empathy and courage, Dr. Brené Brown says that “vulnerability is having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome.”  This sounds like the...

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Getting Educated about Bullying

Getting Educated about Bullying

As Mentors, we are curious and concerned if our mentee shares they are having difficulties with their classmates.  We know most kids will experience various conflicts with a peer as they develop, and so we encourage them to “take the high road” and “not take it...

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Let’s Grow Together

Let’s Grow Together

Human development is a lifelong process of physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional growth and change.  As our mentee grows and learns new things each year, it is important for mentors to keep up!  Understanding our mentee’s current developmental stage is...

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Vulnerability in Mentoring

Vulnerability in Mentoring

Vulnerability is often considered a weakness and something to avoid.  Bestselling author Brene’ Brown, PhD, has devoted over 12 years researching vulnerability, and has found that uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure (vulnerability) is actually the birthplace of...

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Navigating Tough Conversations

Navigating Tough Conversations

Has your mentee ever asked you a question or brought up a topic you found difficult to discuss? How prepared are you to have difficult conversations with your mentee? Topics like sex, politics, drugs or religion can be hard to talk about, especially with children....

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Seedling Nurturing

Seedling Nurturing

I have a super handy app on my iphone, a life saver for any novice who enjoys growing plants. It is my go-to if my beloved flora is looking droopy or sad. All I have to do is pull up the app, snap a picture and presto, a specific Rx pops up to tell me how to care for...

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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 people identified as...

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Managing Stress

Managing Stress

It seems like are constantly navigating extreme uncertainty.  The hyper vigilance of staying safe, piloting constant change, and the effects of isolation and loneliness all take a toll.  Fears and insecurity can create chronic stress which negatively impacts mental...

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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 were all shaken by the acts of violence that took place January 6, 2021 in Washington D.C. and at several state capitals across the nation.  The violent actions left a significant impact on us as a nation and as individuals and may lead to continued 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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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!   We...

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Coping With Stress

Coping With Stress

Each season of the year can bring with it a variety of different stress an anxiety inducing experiences. How can we cope with all of the uncertainty that dominates our ever changing landscape? We’ve put together a list of tips and resources that have proven helpful...

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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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