Self-Care for those who Care for Children
Saturday, December 15, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
3 MERIT STARS CEUs available
(WA Dep Early Learning, MERIT)
Three hours just for you! In this workshop we will discuss common obstacles to “self-care” and explore simple solutions to protect and renew childcare providers’ and energy, mood, and health. Each participant will self-reflect upon his or her own strengths, resiliency, levels of stress, and other current challenges. Each of us can identify and/or renew commitments to activities that are under individual control, and to which we can formalize self-initiated intentions for deliberate practice. The topic of self-care is closely connected with professionalism, including how we present ourselves as care providers, our capacities for forming good habits, positive attitudes, effective problem-solving, and aligning values with practices. When we understand our own brain states, temperaments, and tendencies, we can overcome challenges and foster resiliency in ourselves and others. Self-care is also connected with effective communication, the promotion of self-regulation, and effective child guidance. We will study common areas of overwhelm for childcare providers and parents and we will each design our own personal resiliency techniques, learning from everyone in the room. We will also differentiate between addictive behaviors – numbing or distraction to avoid loneliness, boredom, or pain – versus health-restoring practices that increase connection and integration.