• Check out our new "Parent Night Partnerships," a free monthly series we are putting on for all parents of Twain students. Each month, a local specialist will present on things such as: common mental health struggles for kids and how to help your child with their emotions, as well as trainings on parenting approaches for arguments, setting limits, and helping your child solve their own problems.  

    The dates and times are: 

    2/9 5:00-6:30 Youth Mental Health Presentation: kickoff presentation on main mental health issues, signs of struggle to look for, coping strategies, resources, Q&A  

    3/10 5:00-7:00 Love and Logic: Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk, and Begging 

    4/7 5:00-7:00 Love and Logic: Setting Limits Without Waging War 

    5/12 5:00-7:00 Love and Logic: Guiding Kids to Own and Solve Their Problems 

    Dinner and childcare will be provided for FREE, which is awesome! If you are interested, please "RSVP" by emailing me with the months you can make it and the number of adults and kids attending so we can get a count for food and childcare. All of these will take place right here in the Twain Gymnasium. Childcare will be available kids in pre-k - 5th grade!

    If you have any questions or want more details, feel free to email me at emma.blair@d11.org or call 719-328-7700 and I'd love to chat! 

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  • Positive Parenting Tips - CDC

    • As a parent you give your children a good start in life—you nurture, protect and guide them. Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. These links will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life.

    Parenting Advice and Advice - Love and Logic

    • Love and Logic provides a wealth of free parenting articles, tips and advice for handling children of all ages. Whether your child is a newborn or teenager, you’ll find information and handouts for dealing with a range of situations, including potty training, toddler aggression, homework assignments, internet safety, accountability, appropriate consequences and more!

    Positive Parenting Webinar Video 

    • Watch this 1 hour video to learn about how to positively handle you child's behaviors. The video discusses consequences, tantrums, routines, back talk, and motivation.

    Parent Guide to Resilience

    • Learn how to build resilience as a parent or guardian and help foster resilience in your children. People who are resilient are able to bounce back from hardships and have higher levels of happiness, gratitude, and well-being. You can learn to break the cycle, even if you did not grow up in a healthy environment as a child.



    Creating A Successful Remote Learning Environment

    Returning back to school is often stressful; getting back into routines, staying organized and helping with homework. These stressors seem to multiple with remote learning. Here are some simple tips, ideas and tools that can help ease the stress of learning at home.

    1. Create a Schedule Often what stands between goal completion and the starting point are problems around time management and staying organized. Visual schedules help create smoother transitions between activities and lessons, which allows for fewer opportunities for disruptions to occur. A visual schedule also helps your child know what they will be doing that day, helps them to understand what they need to accomplish and is an easy way to stay organized. Attached is a blank copy of a schedule and check list to help get you started. Having a consistent routine also helps children know what to expect and can reduce feelings of anxiety and resistance to transitions.
    2. Designate a Learning Space Adults can attest to how difficult it can be to disconnect from work when you work from home, and it’s no different for children. Now that kids are learning from home, it’s vital to help create clear boundaries and end times for where school begins and ends at home.
      1. Find a spot in the house where the purpose is just for learning if possible. Distinguished spaces help children maintain focus by decreasing the amount of outside distractions. Plus, it teaching them that when they are at their designated spot, it’s time to learn!
      2. Use backpacks as storage to avoid losing or damaging school materials! This also helps keep materials in one place.
    3. Allow for Breaks Short “brain breaks” during work time or between transitions have been shown to have real benefits! They reduce stress and frustration and increase attention and productivity for our children! Breaks are okay! Breaks are encouraged! Some simple “brain break” activities can include coloring, listening to music or even eating a snack. You can try GoNoodle for free brain breaks too!

                                         Helpful Tip! Use a timer during the brain break (10 to 15 minutes) to get them back on task.

    1. Keep it Fun! Learning at home can be just as fun as learning at school! Use reward charts or incentives to keep your child motivated. Did they complete their checklist for the day? Great! Let’s reward them! Does your child want to sing or dance while reading? Let’s see those moves! Most importantly, don’t stress! When adults are stressed, our children feel that. There’s always support at school and we are here! Reach out to us because we are always happy to help!


    Click here to see an example of a daily schedule and checklist.

    Click here to view a printable schedule.

    Click here to view an example of the printable schedule.


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