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Everyday Moments - What is simple and essential about us as parents?
Tue, 25 April 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM MDT
What is simple and essential about us as parents?
Parenting expectations have increased to an almost paralysing place of perfection that is largely unattainable. It is a noisy and often contradictory world out there for parents and from countless parenting advice books to the overwhelming announcements that herald “a new childrearing study finds …!” There are so many voices that call for us to be the perfect parent….right now…while most of us are striving to grow into being a “good enough" parent for our children. How do we learn and grow as parents, as our child(ren) continue to learn and grow each day?
Amidst all the buzzing demands on modern parenting, we can do one thing right (and most of us do it well, though none of us perfectly all the time). It is the simple, ordinary, but truly meaningful ways we interact with our children in those small, unglamorous, everyday moments.
In this exciting and alive presentation Dr. Junlei Li connects developmental science, both old and new, with the authentic, lived human experiences of caring for children (especially in difficult circumstances). Most of all, he aspires to remind all of us about what we already do well, what we can get right, and what we must keep doing to offer our children the one thing that matters most!
Junlei Li Bio
As Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center, along with Rita M. McGinley Professor of Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, Junlei seeks to understand and apply Fred Rogers’ philosophy and approach to serve children and their helpers. He and his colleagues look for and convey what matters most to the children and families they serve…..what is “simple and deep?” With diverse community partners and students, he strives to enhance the quality of human relationships surrounding children. He and his colleagues also promote the concept of children “growing on the inside”, along with assigning positive meaning to the use of technology in children’s learning and growing. Across all of his projects, he believes that real and lasting change starts with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments. His work respects, honours, and supports all of the children’s helpers including; parents, caregivers, teachers, and neighbours.
Junlei has had the opportunity to learn from hundreds of children’s helpers across many diverse and low-resource developmental settings, including orphanages, child care facilities, school classrooms, and community programs. He has also helped to spread the important message of, “simple and deep” as a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences for early childhood, K-12 education, and child/youth/family development.