Posts by Janai Mestrovich

The Knife

July 2, 2013 Protecting Children for a Positive Future 0 Comments

The knife was stuck tightly under his jeans into his sock/shoe. I knew the other teen had a weapon, too. They got into a very heated, threatening argument about a girl they both wanted who was present in class. It was in my session at an alternative high school that

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Soccer Camp

June 30, 2013 Relationship Building with Young Children 0 Comments

“You aren’t going on the right road, Grandma Boom!” “Yes, Grayson, this road will get us to soccer camp.” “There are two roads to get there and this isn’t one of them.” “Grayson, your dad told me how to get there. This is the Grandma Boom road to get there.”

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Teaching with Grandies

June 28, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Another Grandma Boom ‘high’ today. Taught twenty 3-5 yr. olds at a daycare how to switch from tense to calm using drums, knot/sox, singing bowl, squeezie to get feelings out and more. Claire assisted me, then Grayson helped later. WOW!! Teaching with my grandies! I love being 64!!!

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Empower Children at the U of O

June 26, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Full-hearted, high on endorphins from teaching EMPOWER CHILDREN at Univ. of Oregon this week, and LOVING a messy classroom. Friend, Michelle, helped me tie chairs for a surprise greeting to students for an exercise in certain skills I was teaching. Intrinsic rewards pouring in, like this from a graduate student:

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Sibling Traffic Jam!

June 22, 2013 Relationship Building with Young Children 0 Comments

It’s one of the reasons siblings are so important to each other. They get to work through all kinds of jams and go forward with practice in developing relationships. Peers, relatives, classmates….it’s all part of the relationship soup. The great thing about Grayson and Claire’s traffic jam is that neither

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An A for Understanding

June 18, 2013 Relationship Building with Young Children 0 Comments

Grayson gets an A for understanding what a lie does to one’s own body! Human beings experiment with lying. Imagine FEELING this object. It is my 3D version of what a lie looks and feels like. Aluminum foil wadded up with half toothpicks stuck into it. This appears in my

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Think Inside the Box

June 17, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Grayson insisted he wanted to see what it was like to be a toy in the toybox, so IN he went in my living room this morning. Isn’t it wonderful to go beyond a set framework like thinking we can only LOOK inside a toybox? So much to learn from

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Double Whammy

June 12, 2013 Children and Stress 0 Comments

Math and a new invention we’ll call upside-down putting! I use this carnival type game for Grayson to throw two balls into, each hole being a different number. Then we count to practice adding numbers together to get his score. Creative young guy that he is, he invented a new

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Quality Contact Time With a Messy Kitchen

June 11, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Messes in the kitchen with grandkiddos. Is it worth it? My 2 yr. old granddaughter is learning how to stir ingredients…..rather vigorously! hahaha She is LEARNING. She has a wonderful time. It is messy but it builds confidence if handled wisely and with humor. She helped clean it up and

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