“A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that the death of a family pet can trigger symptoms of poor mental health, such as prolonged grief. Parents should take children's grief seriously and support them through the process, which might take longer than they'd expect, researchers suggested… Dr. Donna Housman, EdD, a psychologist specializing in child development and early childhood education, says that when a pet dies, parents should always be "honest, accurate, respectful, empathic and brief." Read the full article here.
At Housman Institute, we believe our role is to nurture the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of all students and educators without bias. It is critical that every child feel recognized and validated from their earliest days—to understand that their voice matters, regardless of background or experience and is being heard. We listen to, respect and support the needs of our educators as we recognize their critical role in a child's emotional growth and development. Together we need to begin the important work to help all our children and educators, as we move toward a more equitable environment for early learning, setting the stage for the building blocks of empathy and conflict resolution, and a more equitable future for us all. To learn more about how our program works to address equity in early childhood school communities... visit here.