Life Lessons from the Soccer Field

Life Lessons from the Soccer Field

In this podcast, BCB host Christina Hulet explores the ability to create and sustain healthy relationships – what psychologists call sociability – with soccer coach Ballan Campeau of BIFC club soccer and the Bainbridge High School team, and two of his athletes, Tyler Moravec and Quinn Millerd. How can we help youth create and sustain positive, healthy relationships? It’s an important question for all of us, adults and youth alike, and yet we all know how messy and challenging relationships can be. Who among us is able to navigate all of our relationships well? To be successful at relationships, we need a number of skills: active listening, compassion, boundary setting, collaboration, and the ability to regulate one’s emotions and impulses. It is a lifelong journey. In sharing their experiences of creating solid relationships on the soccer field and beyond, Ballan, Tyler and Quinn encourage us, as parents and community members, to think about what we might do from the sidelines to foster these skills and better support our youth. Credits: BCB host: Christina Hulet; BCB studio tech: Channie Peters; BCB audio editor and social media publisher: Diane Walker. Thanks to Bainbridge Community Broadcasting for supporting the “Beyond the Report Card: Cultivating What Matters”...

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An Emotional Intelligence Toolbox

An Emotional Intelligence Toolbox

“Putting ‘tools’ in my children’s ‘toolbox’ to equip them with the skills and resources they need to navigate their own life has been a parenting goal since my daughters entered school. In retrospect, most of the tools I have focused on have been soft skills or people skills, which are defined as Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Since EQ has been introduced, taught, and studied, research has shown that success is far more dependent on one’s EQ than one’s IQ. This article by Bainbridge’s own, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, both defines EQ and gives parents and educators concrete examples (the best kind!) to help children fill their toolbox.” Julie Davis, Youth Group Leader, Grace Episcopal Church Emotional Intelligence: A Toolbox for Success By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD Are you raising emotionally intelligent children? Is your child’s teacher building a culture of social and emotional intelligence in the classroom? What methods are working? Emotional intelligence has become a popular term since Daniel Goleman authored his book with the same title in 1995. Several decades of research not only confirms the importance of teaching kids to understand and manage their emotions, but also suggests that emotional intelligence is predictive of READ ENTIRE ARTICLE   Join the Island Conversation: How do you plan to integrate these ideas into your teaching and/or parenting? In what ways do you already fill your students’ or child’s EQ...

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10 Parenting Habits that Foster Healthy Relationships

10 Parenting Habits that Foster Healthy Relationships

Teams succeed and fail according to the sociability, as well as the playing ability, of their members.  Great teams are families whose players trust each other, give frank feedback to each other, accept that feedback and work together to achieve common goals.  In the process, they laugh and cry and they recover and succeed together.  Team members who are not integrated may take either too much responsibility or not enough responsibility for outcomes of the group. Having played for successful teams and having experienced the joy and satisfaction of common success, I always strive to recreate that experience as a coach.  We discuss leadership.  We look for leadership traits in each other when choosing captains.  We understand that no one can succeed alone.  We integrate newcomers.  We study success and failure while looking for ways to improve. Ballan Campeau, Bainbridge Soccer Coach  Sociability: How Families Learn Together with Love and Respect By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD Each of us wants our children to develop positive relationships—to experience the power of unconditional love, support, friendship, and encouragement throughout school and life. But we also know that creating and sustaining relationships is hard work—effort that requires a cooperative ability to interact with others. Psychologists call this capacity sociability, and we recognize it in children when we observe their enjoyment of being together—chatting, joking, laughing, working, and creating friendships. Sociability often gets confused with being an introvert or extrovert. But if we think of sociability as a higher level concept than introversion or extroversion, this attribute is easier to grasp. Read Entire...

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Strong, Curious, Creative Kids

Strong, Curious, Creative Kids

Educators and parents often hear the words, “I’m bored”. I would like to encourage all of us to take another look at how we see boredom and how it relates to curiosity. Curiosity is defined as a state of active interest or genuinely wanting to know more about something. It allows us to embrace unfamiliar situations and gives us a greater opportunity to experience the joy of discovery. As both a teacher and a parent, I find the advice from Todd Kashdan to be very helpful. Melissa Mann Six Ways for Parents to Cultivate Strong, Curious, Creative Children By Todd Kashdan, PhD One thing is certain: for the vast majority of young children, curiosity comes naturally because so much of the world is foreign to them. But there are obstacles. Faced with the unusual, unknown, unfamiliar, and uncertain, children might feel curious, they might feel anxious, or a little of both.Consider our child’s first innocent romantic crush. Doodling pictures of hearts. Etching initials into the bark of trees. Daydreams of giggling bodies rolling down hills in unison. Read entire article.   Join Our Island Conversation: What do you do or say when YOUR child tells you they are bored?...

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12 Ways to Foster Curiosity

12 Ways to Foster Curiosity

“Working at KiDiMu, each day I have the joy of watching young faces light up with the thrill of discovering something new or mastering something previously out of their reach. Curiosity is innately part of our hard wiring, yet also needs to be nurtured and supported as we grow up. Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD has great ideas on helping Bainbridge kids, “our” kids, become curious, lifelong learners.” Susie Burdick, Executive Director, Kids Discovery Museum Twelve Ways to Foster Curiosity by Marilyn Price Mitchell, PhD Intellectual curiosity and learning go hand in hand. But let’s be honest… Curiosity isn’t what most of us first think about when it comes to our children’s education. We want our kids to do well in school so we usually focus on external measurements of learning and academic success — grades. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE Join Our Island Conversation When you are done reading the above article, please come back and share your reply to the following question. Help us learn from one another. What do you do to show your kids that you value the process of learning at least as much as the product of learning, such as test...

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