What do our children need from us right now?
“The brain does not like uncertainty.” These were the wise words of Dr. Jean Clinton, who spoke to our staff on Thursday, September 2 as we prepared to come back to school. Dr. Clinton is one of Canada’s preeminent child psychiatrists, and she spent some time with us thinking about what our children need from us right now. What did she say? Our children need us to
- Meet them where they are at
- Connect, connect, connect
- Inspire hope
Our children need opportunities to ask questions, play, and explore. They need teachers who believe in them and challenge them just enough, but not too much. The best teachers have meaningful relationships with their students, know them well, and are present for them. Relationship is central to all learning at The Mabin School, and our teachers are “warm demanders” — teachers who care deeply and have high expectations.
So this September, when we have been away from each other for so long, and when we are all in a new physical space, our focus is on creating a sense of belonging. We want our students, in Dr. Clinton’s words, to feel safe, significant, and situated. We are building routines and a sense of predictability at the same time as we are creating a foundation for fun and surprise.
Dr. Clinton recognizes that The Mabin School has a pervasive culture of caring. We care about human development. We want our students — your children — to thrive. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” With your help, in partnership with you, we are creating the next generation of original thinkers, adaptive leaders, and caring citizens.
Thank you for trusting us with your children’s education. We take the responsibility seriously. Let’s have a great time together this year. All of us.