* Be open to who a child is and let go of who you want them to be because when we don’t accept children for who they are, we are actively telling them they aren’t good enough.
* It is not a child’s temperament that determines success but rather how parents and adults respond to that temperament. (temperament is genetic).
* A survive moment is also a thrive moment.
* The 3 new R’s of Education should be Reflection, Relationships and Resilience:When children are interconnected, in tune with others, and have the capacity to be reflective, it increases empathy and understanding for the self and others. The ability to be reflective and to understand the self and others is what builds resiliency.
* Education should strive to integrate the left and right sides of the brain: As educators, we tend to teach to the logical left brain and ignore the emotional right brain. Creating an interconnectedness between the two can be a challenge but is an important key to creating a whole-brain child.
* Feelings are not facts: Students need to understand that feelings come and go. They are temporary states of mind that are ever changing
* The Healthy Mind Platter: Similar to our food guidelines, which are designed to keep our bodies healthy, the Healthy Mind Platter is a great reminder of the simple things we need each day to stay mentally health
The Dan Siegel Website: Full of great resources, including more on the healthy mind platter, videos, and audio of his wheel of awareness and breathing practices.