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Lorena Seidel is our Social Emotional Specialist. She is a certified Montessori teacher and Positive Discipline Parent & Teacher Educator (see more in her bio on the Faculty page). Each week, Lorena dives into topics that relate to us as caregivers to young children at a very unusual time. We hope these helpful weekly videos bring you some insight and support.

How to Practice Gratitude and Appreciation with Children

A Thanksgiving connected conversation lesson.

How to Build Self Esteem

Tired of handling not listening, back-talking, and negotiations? In this 7 minute video, you will learn three simple and concrete ways to boost your child's confidence and self-esteem.

How to Plan for Joy

How JOYFUL are we these days? I'm not talking about us being "happy", putting on brave faces, being "calm" while we burn with anger inside. Or trying way too hard to do the "right" things by our families because that is what we were programmed {and expected} to do. Joy and happiness are wonderful feelings to experience but they are very different.

Psychologists say joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are, and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts, and events.

Well, if JOY is up to us... I'm inviting you to choose it. to plan for it. to add it to your "to-do" list.

How To Challenge Negative Thinking

Negative Experiences Start With a Negative Thought! We want POSITIVE Interactions, discipline, relationships, connection, emotional climate... But we are so NEGATIVE. This 4-minute video will help you and your child/student learn how to challenge negative thinking, self-doubt, triggering experiences. So you can bring joy back into your parenting, your teaching, your classroom peer interactions, and sibling dynamics at home. This one small shift can have a HUGE impact on your family-life or classroom.

Your Family Meeting

Learn one simple strategy that will help your family communicate better, solve problems effectively together, and experience more listening, respect, and cooperation.

How to Get Our Children to Listen

How much do your children/students trust you?

If your child/student is NOT listening to you, it might be related to the level of trust you both share.

Watch this to learn how to experience more listening, respect, cooperation, kindness in your adult-child relationship.

Emotional First Aid Kit

Create your classroom or family Emotional First Aid Kit. How to develop more positive, productive, and healthier tools/habits for handling emotional challenges (also known as emotional injuries.)