Parenting is hard. Teaching is hard. But both are a little bit easier when done in partnership.
Join the princiPALS, Emma Wellman and Brittney Hansen, as they examine some of the most common questions and concerns about the preschool and elementary school years, as well as share methods on how to raise children who thrive. It’s always a great day to visit the princiPALS’ office!
PrinciPALS is brought to you by Rowland Hall, an independent school in Salt Lake City, Utah, and hosted by Conor Bentley.
4.01 Screen Time
Screens are a necessary tool in today’s world, but they can cause a lot of family anxiety. As parents themselves, Rowland Hall’s princiPALS understand this struggle—and so they’re tackling the topic. Join the pals for a discussion about current guidelines (and why it’s understandable if you can’t always adhere to them), high-quality programming, social media, the importance of balancing screen time and productive play, and how you can get the whole family involved in identifying values and boundaries that will guide screen time in your home.
Dr. Becky Kennedy/Good Inside Common Sense Media Social Media and Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory (2023) Current social media guidelines: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Common Sense Media, Mayo Clinic
Behavior and Discipline
Behavior and discipline: no matter what kind of parent you are, they’re two topics you think about often. And chances are, you’re often wondering, “Am I doing this right?” In this episode of princiPALS, Emma, Brittney, and Conor focus on methods for recognizing children’s behavior patterns, as well as share tips for how parents can best guide those behaviors in positive directions.
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene Raising Kids by Sheri Glucoft Wong and Olaf Jorgenson Good Inside by Becky Kennedy
Rebuilding Resilience after COVID
COVID changed a lot about parenting, including how caregivers view the kind of risk-taking that helps build resilience in young children. Now that we are living in a different phase of the pandemic—one that’s more focused on management instead of avoidance—it’s an ideal time to revisit the topic of resilience: what it is, its many benefits, and how families can build it back into their routines.
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey Raising Kids by Sheri Glucoft Wong “The Conversation: The Purpose of School and Bringing Joy into the Classroom,” featuring Denise Pope
In this episode, Rowland Hall princiPALS Emma Wellman and Jij de Jesus take on the topic of bullying. While parents and caregivers are undoubtedly familiar with this term, the definition can shift depending on who’s talking. Knowing this, Emma and Jij explain what it means when educators use that word, as well as walk listeners through what’s happening to kids developmentally during the early childhood and elementary years so that they understand what behaviors are typical and which may require intervention. Listeners will walk away with a better understanding of what is behind children’s behaviors and tips on supporting them.
Yardsticks by Chip Wood Bully Nation by Susan Eva Porter Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman
How to Talk to Kids about Race, Part II
The princiPALS are back in the office to revisit one of today’s most essential topics: how to talk to kids about race. Join Emma Wellman and Jij de Jesus as they discuss how to teach children to have thoughtful conversations about race and racial differences, as well as share tips on how to model antiracist behaviors for children.
Raising Race-Conscious Children PBS Utah’s Let’s Talk: Talking to Kids about Race Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk about Race: Resource Roundup
What We’re Learning about Learning during a Pandemic
In this episode of princiPALS, Emma and Jij discuss some of the most inspiring things they’ve learned (so far) while educating preschool- and elementary-aged children during the pandemic, with a hope that their perspectives on in-person learning may help other educators—as well as answer some of the many questions parents and caregivers have as schools readjust learning models in 2021. Emma and Jij also draw on their lessons to create tips that will help parents and caregivers continue to support children (and themselves) at this time.
I love this podcast