Build a Skill: Teaching Young Children to Deal with Mad Feelings

By Cary Zavala/ What makes your family STRONG? Research shows that when these 5 Protective Factors are well established, family strength and optimal child development emerge: 1)   Parental Resilience 2)   Social Connections 3)   Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development 4)   Concrete Support in Times of Need 5)   Social & Emotional Competence of Children December’s Early…

Emotional Regulation to the Rescue!

Emotional Regulation to the Rescue! By: Cary Zavala/ As parents, we admit we sometimes come to the “end of our rope.” With the stressors of daily living, our children’s challenging behaviors can sometimes send us to a “10” quickly on the Feelings Thermometer! If you missed this month’s Parent Network Series, our topic of the…

Early Math Matters

 Early Math Matters By: Valorie Veld/ Thank you Lenawee Great Start for the opportunity to lead the last Parent Network Meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2016.  It was a wonderful group to interact with and everyone shared an interest in the activities offered and demonstrated.  Many of the activities were made from recycled materials, and…

Developing Fine Motor Muscles

By: Valorie Veld/ Developing Fine Motor Muscles I had the wonderful experience of sharing thoughts, information, and ideas this past week during the Great Start Parent Network meeting about Fine Motor Skills and Activities you can make from materials at home.  Participants were given handouts with useful information, a teddy bear sewing card activity, and…