JH Kids Videos

by DevorahTockar 25 Apr 2021

Tips for Managing Expectations during the High Holidays 

September 16, 2020

We know that these High Holidays will be very different from our usual celebrations – it’s important to know that you are not alone. Start by naming and facing your disappointments. Acknowledge and face them. Discuss as a family what you can do to make this year extra special. How have you faced challenging times in the past? What helped you get through times of vulnerability and uncertainty? Chances are those same things may help you through again. Try and draw on these strengths. Be kind to yourself and trust that you've got this! The JH Kids and Jewish House teams are here to support you and your family through these challenging times.

Make the most of your High Holidays

September 18, 2020

Check out this video for some creative tips on how to make the most of your High Holidays this year, as we reflect on the challenges we are overcoming with Covid-19. If you have the energy for creativity- go for it and if you don't, take a breather and know that these ideas are not going to make or break your High Holiday experience.

1. Leave post it notes with connecting messages around the home. Encourage your children to do the same.

2. Turn your home into a Synagogue and get creative with the role play.

3. Write yourselves a new year letter filled with reflections and hopes. Check back on these letters again when your children turn 18.

4. Rose, Bud and Thorn discussion.

Wishing you and your family a Shana Tova- Happy New Year.

My Messy Feelings Masterpiece
September 30, 2020
JH Kids have come up with some activities that you can try at home during these school holidays. This video is geared towards kids aged 5-12. Feel free to watch together with your kids and do the activity together with them.
Have fun with this- be creative. There is no right or wrong way- let your feelings guide your hand.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1
October 1, 2020
JH Kids have come up with some activities that you can try at home during these school holidays. These videos are geared towards kids aged 5-12. Feel free to watch them with your kids and do the activities together with them.
There are times that our thoughts go wandering, which is a great thing! But sometimes they wonder when we wish they wouldn't, or when it isn't helpful for us. Using our senses to ground us is a technique we can use to bring us to our present moment in time and take hold of our thoughts so we can focus on what is in front of us. In this 2 min video, we share this technique with practical examples.
Readjusting Expectations and Discussing Feelings with the Re-emergence of Covid19
December 24, 2020
Covid19 has re-emerged in Sydney, which means that a lot of our School Holiday plans have changed overnight!
In this video, Devorah our Online Content Manager and Social Worker shares some practical tips to help you readjust to this new reality and have conversations about it with your children.
The days are long, and although these school holidays won't necessarily go as planned, you can still find moments of joy, laughter, growth and connection.
Stay in touch. We are here with you and for you to bounce any ideas off or share specific concerns.
What Fuels Your Tank?
December 28, 2020
Video geared towards children aged 5-12 to watch with their parents.
What fuels your energy tank? There are different qualities and types of petrol that work for different cars, like there are different qualities of foods or activities that we fill our tanks with.
There are basic activities that will enable us to function optimally and keep our minds and bodies thriving.

How to say Thank You and mean it

January 4, 2021

Happy New Year!
What a great time to take stock of what we want more of in our lives- Gratitude!
Here is a video that you can watch together with your children to help cultivate gratitude in your home.
In this video, Devorah discusses four simple steps to make saying ‘thank you’ easy and meaningful.
If you would like to delve deeper, we highly recommend the Gratitude Conversations Program which gives a wealth of practical examples and tips. It is an interactive and free online program developed by Scientists at the Centre for Developmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Raising Grateful Children Project.

Family Self-Care List

January 10, 2021

Self-care is often the last item on our to do list. Self-care refers to activities that we consciously choose to do on a regular basis. Research has shown that having a self-care routine, which incorporates self-care everyday can maintain and enhance health and wellbeing and lowers stress and anxiety. We want to set our kids up to be able to identify their self-care needs and attend to them each day.
In this video we suggest incorporating at least one act of self-love each day - for the whole family.
The challenge is to do 3 acts of self-love that can take you less than 5 minutes EVERY DAY during these school holidays.
Are you up for the JH Kids Wellbeing Challenge?

Let's Chat! 5 Back to school Conversation Pointers

January 24, 2021

As the school holidays come to an end consider taking a few moments to reflect.
How do you feel? What have you achieved that you are proud of? How are you preparing your kids for a new year?
Times of transition can be challenging, and each person handles them differently. It takes time to find a new groove and get back into a routine.
Try to find some time before your children start the new school year to sit with each one of them (one on one is best if you can) and have a conversation! Prepare for the conversation in advance.
In this video we share 5 discussion pointers. You can check in with your child a week or two later to see how things are tracking.

Removing Our Masks to Reveal Our True Feelings

February 23, 2021

This video is geared towards children aged 5-12 to watch with their parents. 
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Babies and toddlers have no problems showing pure feelings. When they are happy- it’s obvious from their high pitch shrill, their skipping, or jumping. When they are sad, their faces scrunch up and the tears flow freely. When they feel disappointed- you know it from their stomping, and loud protest. But somewhere along the way this changes. Somewhere along the way our feelings get confused and it becomes more difficult to figure out if the feelings we are displaying are true depictions of what we are actually feeling.
Kids and adults can mask their true feelings as protection when they feel vulnerable, unsafe, afraid or misunderstood. Most of the time it is subconscious- which means we aren’t even aware of it! It takes courage and trust for someone to share their vulnerabilities with others.
What can we do about it? We can create a safe, open, non-judgemental and inviting environment for our children to feel comfortable to open up. It takes empathy and good listening skills.

"It's Okay, These Things Happen"

March 3, 2021

Every day mistakes are just that. They happen every day and they are mistakes. Although, often they take up a lot more energy than they should and become the trigger for heightened feelings that like to attach themselves to these 'mini moments'.
It doesn't need to be that way. A simple reframing of the event can put things into perspective and change it from triggering a stress response to being an everyday mistake.
Join me in continuing our education and give it a try. Our homes will be calmer for it and our relationships stronger.
*if you find that mistakes are happening frequently and are interfering with daily living, it could be indicative of something worth discussing further. We are here for you.

Always and Never. Words that can build or destroy

March 15, 2021

Do you use the words ALWAYS and NEVER? What about your kids?
These are great words to use when expressing love, but when we use these words in an argument, it can lead to feelings of inadequacy and reduced motivation. This is true in our relationships with other adults, our children and ourselves.
When used in the right context these words lead to deeper connection and discussion and when used in the wrong context, they close doors to connection and conversation.
1. Try and notice when you use these words and how the recipient responds.
2. Apologise when you use them out of context.
3. Use them more when expressing love and less when expressing frustrations.
Our children model our behaviour and learn a lot more from what they HEAR us say than what we TELL them to say.

Please tell me again- Storytelling and Integration.

Part one of two. Passover 2021

Passover is all about retelling a story. When we tell a story, it connects the left and right hemispheres of our brain to promote integration. Integration leads to balance and stability. We want to encourage our children to tell stories about life events in detail, as often as they like. When they share stories where they felt safe and secure, they will be able to access these feelings more easily in the future.

Stay tuned for part two where I explore what happens when we share stories that elicit difficult emotions.

*Ideas shared from The Whole Brain Child, written by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. If you haven’t yet read this book, I highly recommend you get yourself a copy ASAP.

Tell the Whole Story- Reclaiming Ownership for Our Life Stories

Part two of two. Passover 2021

Challenges are universal- we all experience them and we can’t protect our children from them. There will be times when your child gets hurt, feels left out or loses someone they love.

As parents, we support our children through these difficulties and give them the tools to work through them. When your child retells a story that was difficult, they may get stuck in the middle of it with the feelings that they felt during the challenge. You can help them extend the story through to the end, where there is some resolve or safety. You can ask them, what happened next, and remind them of the next steps that brought them to a safe space where they are now able to share that story.

We all have stories, ones that make us laugh, and cry, feel afraid or feel loved. If you are alive and breathing then your stories haven’t ended. Don’t be afraid to revisit them and challenge your narratives- you’ll be more balanced, healthier and happier for it.

*Ideas shared from The Whole Brain Child, written by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. If you haven’t yet read this book, I highly recommend you get yourself a copy ASAP.

Introduction to the Healthy Mind Platter

April 2021

We know how important it is to have a balanced diet of healthy foods for our wellbeing and physical health, but what about our mental health? Dr Rock and Dr D Siegel created the Healthy Mind Platter which incorporates 7 activities that we should be doing daily for optimal mind health . They are Focus Time, Physical Time, Play Time, Connecting Time, Down Time, Time In and Sleep Time. Their research explores the impact of these activities on different parts of our brains and overall wellbeing. You can find more info here- https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/ The key is to have balance. There is no prescribed time allocation for each activity, but we should ensure that we incorporate each activity in every day. If you don’t currently do this, that’s ok! It takes time to adjust and being mindful of the Healthy Mind Platter can help us to understand ourselves and our needs and our children’s needs better. This leads to increased understanding and sensitivity when those needs aren’t being met. To read the full article  click here

Focus Time with JH Kids

April 2021

How much of our day is spent really focusing on one task without getting distracted? Time is a precious resource and if we can skill up in focusing, staying focused and refocusing when distracted, then we will be more successful. This video is an introduction to Focus Time in the series of activities within the Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr David Rock. The original framework can be found at https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/ The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the intended views of the creators of the Healthy Mind Platter. To view the full article click here

Connecting Time with JH Kids

April 2021

How much time in our day do we connect with others? Through giving and receiving in a meaningful way we become more secure within ourselves and flexible when confronting challenges. This video is an introduction to Connecting Time in the series of activities within the Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr David Rock. The original framework can be found at https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/ The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the intended views of the creators of the Healthy Mind Platter. To view the full article click here

Play Time with JH Kids

April 2021

It's Play Time! How much of your day is spent playing? Self-directed play helps create new connections in the brain and is important for children and for adults. How can I bring more fun into my day? This video is an introduction to Play Time in the series of activities within the Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr David Rock. The original framework can be found at https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/? The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the intended views of the creators of the Healthy Mind Platter. To view the full article click here

Time In with JH Kids

April 2021

Time In is when we shine the spotlight on what we are experiencing within. How am I feeling? What am I thinking? What is my body telling me? The more aware we are of our internal processes the more balance and integration we have. This video is an introduction to Time In in the series of activities within the Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr David Rock. The original framework can be found at https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/ The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the intended views of the creators of the Healthy Mind Platter. To view the full article click here

Downtime with JH Kids

April 2021

Ah the simplicity of doing absolutely nothing! When was the last time that you just did nothing- without feeling guilty about it? Down time does not mean a waste of time- it is a space that gets filled with new insights and brain connections. This video is an introduction to Downtime in the series of activities within the Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr David Rock. The original framework can be found at https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/? The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the intended views of the creators of the Healthy Mind Platter. To view the full article click here

Physical Time with JH Kids

April 2021

It's time to get moving! How much exercise do we need? How about our children? How can we increase our heart rate every single day? This video is an introduction to Physical Time in the series of activities within the Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr David Rock. The original framework can be found at https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/ The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the intended views of the creators of the Healthy Mind Platter. To view the full article click here

Sleep Time with JH Kids

April 2021

Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. We crave it when we don't have enough of it and we push it aside when it is offered to us. Why is that? How much sleep should we be getting and how can we make the most out of our snooze time? This video is an introduction to Sleep Time in the series of activities within the Healthy Mind Platter, created by Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr David Rock. The original framework can be found at https://drdansiegel.com/healthy-mind-platter/? The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the intended views of the creators of the Healthy Mind Platter. To view the full article click here