Preschoolers have a way of reminding us to stay present in the present moment.
Are you hungry? Stop and find nourishment.
Are you tired? Take time to rest.
Need some love? Ask for a hug or some "time-in" to connect.
Our littlest love-spreading difference makers are making connections daily with their families, friends, and teachers. Whether it be time-in with an art and science project, playing a game focusing turn-taking, sharing the love of a good book or a fun ride down the sledding hill, their focus on connection and inclusion is a daily source of inspiration.
Vocabulary Lesson: Time-in | Alternative to time-out. Time-outs are punitive experiences that isolate a child from an environment for a set amount of time. Though punishment based discipline may lead to short-term compliance, they don't enhance moral behavior or teach useful conflict-resolution skills (Hoffman). Alternatively, Time-ins help us learn to calm our bodies and process our emotions so that we can problem-solve, learn, and grow. It's empowering for us to check in with our bodies when we're feeling strong emotions so that we can practice responding to situations rather than reacting.
Take a lesson in love from our little love-spreaders!