A Classroom Timeline

Wall displays are great, but can present several challenges. Students can start comparing their work to others, and teachers can find themselves constantly putting up and taking down displays. See how Momentous School fourth-grade teacher Ashley Tant used a classroom timeline to solve for these challenges.

Jan 17, 2023
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Family Service Project Guidebook

Many families want to help kids understand the importance of acts of service and helping others in their community. But doing a service project as a family can feel overwhelming! Where do you start? What projects can kids participate in? How do you ensure that they’re getting the most out of the project, and that the project is really helpful to others? Download our quick guide with checklists, fill-in-the-blanks and example projects to build your own family service project. 

Jan 09, 2023

Limit Setting 101

Anyone who works with children must sometimes set limits. But many also struggle with this task. In this post, we discuss what limits are, why they're important, and how to set effective limits. 

Jan 03, 2023

Let's Take a Walk

Getting up and moving can be a great way to help restless kids manage their energy. What can be even more beneficial is combining movement with mindfulness.

Dec 21, 2022

Joy is a Snowman

Everyone needs some joy in their life! What’s great is that we can spread joy to others through acts of kindness. This activity gives children several prompts for spreading joy to those around them. 

Dec 14, 2022

Wishing Stars

We can’t predict the future, but we can have hopes and wishes for it. This fun paper-folding activity guides kids through thinking about their wishes and hopes for the upcoming year.

Dec 07, 2022

My AccomplishMINT!

While it is important for students to receive recognition and encouragement from educators and caregivers, it is also important that they learn how to recognize and acknowledge their accomplishments on their own.

Dec 02, 2022

Talk About It: A Conversation Starter Kit for Families

Ever have that “Sooo… how was your day?” conversation lull? We’ve all been there. That’s why we created “Talk About It! A Conversation Starter Kit for Families”. This digital download comes with conversation starters, tips for building great conversation, and even a template for a box so you can keep the cards on the table for easy conversation starters any time you’re gathered.  

Nov 16, 2022

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

It’s the season of gratitude! And what better way to focus on gratitude than to make it a fun game? Consider a gratitude scavenger hunt. Check out our ideas for how to help kids notice all the many things there are to be thankful for through this simple activity. 

Nov 08, 2022

Rewards and Consequences Reimagined

Rewards and consequences are often the cornerstone of behavior management. Who among us hasn’t bribed a child to do something or handed out a consequence for unwanted behavior? Yet today we’d like to talk about rewards and consequences… and how we can rethink them. 

Oct 04, 2022

Responding to Learning Loss (Without Shame!)

How should teachers consider responding to academic challenges? And can we do it without shaming children for what they haven’t learned yet? We sat down with Dr. Rhonda Vincent, director of educational program innovation here at Momentous Institute, to give us some insight. 

Sep 28, 2022

One Way to See Improvement This School Year

It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing everything that’s going wrong. But sometimes we can spend so much time focused on what’s not working that we miss seeing success. Here’s one thing we like to keep in mind when it comes to behavior. 

Sep 20, 2022

Managing Stress: A Guide for Teachers

If you’re in a classroom with children all day, you already know – there’s no stress like a teacher’s stress. As we enter a new school year, it’s time to start thinking about a stress management strategy. The more you prepare for it, the better off you’ll be at handling it when it does come up.

Sep 14, 2022

Two Children’s Books about Anxiety

Sometimes the easiest way to normalize and talk about a complex emotion is through stories. That’s why we like these two children’s books that can help kids navigate their anxieties and worries, one for younger kids and one for older kids.

Aug 04, 2022

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a...

Read about a lovely conversation with an aspiring psychologist and Momentous Insitute student, Eleazar Rodriguez, and Dr. Jessica Gomez, Momentous Institute’s Executive Director.

Jun 21, 2022

Changemakers in Zambia

Read about the amazing work the Innovation & Impact team is doing in Zambia with the implementation of Changemakers

Jun 21, 2022

Talking with Kids about Uvalde: A Step-by-Step Guide

It’s the conversation no parent ever wants to have. But in light of this week’s tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, parents are once again faced with the agonizing task of explaining violence and tragedy to their children. 

May 26, 2022

Four Children's Books Discussing Violence

Helping children make sense of violence in the world is one of the hardest things an adult must do. For resources to talk to kids about violence and what we can do to make the world a less violent and more peaceful place, consider these four books. 

May 25, 2022

My Mental Health Toolbox

Managing my mental health has been a journey and along the way I've gathered many tools to help. Read on to learn more about my mental health toolbox.

May 10, 2022

Support for Students with Challenging Behavior

We have created a free guide to building a collaborative process at your school for supporting teachers in their work with students exhibiting challenging behavior. Read more to learn how this process can help you. 

Apr 19, 2022

Lessons from a Kindergarten Classroom on Conflict

Last week on live television, the nation watched something that unfolds every day in my kindergarten classroom. Something hurtful was said, someone had a reaction, and an action was taken. Y’all, let me tell you… this is what we go through every day in kindergarten. 

Apr 06, 2022

Three Things We Learned from Jon Batiste

We are so excited that Jon Batiste won big at the Grammy’s with his Album of the Year, We Are. In honor of this incredible album (that we’re all still singing and dancing along to) we wanted to share three things we learned from our time with Jon. 

Apr 04, 2022

Anxiety about Inflation? Try These Tips

Many of us are feeling the financial pinch related to inflation, rising gas prices and more. While it's easy to feel like inflation is something out of our control, there are things we can do to manage our stress and anxiety, as well as our finances, to make it through the tough times. 

Mar 28, 2022

A Little Hope Everyday

After two years of uncertainty, mostly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it feels time to start looking forward again. Let's start by doing this exercise to think about a little hope everyday.

Mar 23, 2022

Why Negative Emotions Are Important

Dealing with negative emotions can be challenging, so for many of us, we'd rather ignore them. Let's take a look at why negative emotions are important and why it is important that we acknowledge and address them. 

Feb 23, 2022

Let's Talk about Fight, Flight and Freeze

When we are faced with stress, we are impacted in primarily two places – the brain and the body. Let's take a look at these three common stress responses, fight, flight and freeze, and how they show up in our brain and body. 

Jan 26, 2022

Not Another Holiday Checklist

We don’t need another holiday checklist reminding us to make the most of this season. So instead, we’d like to offer you a very different kind of holiday checklist.

Dec 20, 2021

2021 Changing the Odds Highlights

2021 Changing the Odds was an unforgettable experience as we celebrated what it looks like to flourish together! Key speakers included: Jon Batiste, Cheryl Strayed, Ingrid Fetell Lee, and many others. Through creativity, joy, racial healing and other practices, we learned that humanity can flourish.

Nov 30, 2021

Feeling better...naturally!

The natural world has major benefits for our mental health. Check out how we've utilized the outdoors in our clinical work. 

Nov 30, 2021

Donor Spotlight

Read how The Addy Foundation has fortified efforts to add our Changemakers curriculum into more classrooms!

Nov 30, 2021

Letter from the Executive Director

Hear from Dr. Jessica Gomez as she shares how she's remained positive through the work of the staff, community and families we partner with! 

Nov 22, 2021

I Celebrate: A Holiday Activity

This time of year, families are celebrating many different holidays. This activity lets students learn about the different holidays and traditions that their peers celebrate.

Nov 17, 2021

​When Kids are Anxious about Vaccines

Flu season, Covid tests, and now… the Covid vaccine, children everywhere are encountering shots and swabs that might leave some kids anxious or fearful. How can we help kids by making shots and routine medical procedures as easy and painless as possible?

Nov 15, 2021

When September 11th Comes up in the Classroom

We are approaching the anniversary of September 11th, and you may find yourself fielding questions from students and children.  We have compiled a list of helpful tips for navigating these conversations and answering tough questions they might have.

Sep 08, 2021

Coaching with a Social Emotional Approach

Schools and districts must renew their focus on how to prioritize social and emotional support for adults through coaching and professional learning. Read more about how a strong social emotional lens can support coaching practices and improve outcomes.

Aug 25, 2021

How to Include Families in School as Students Return to Classrooms

Last year was a breakthrough year on bridging the gap between school and home for many schools. As we head into a new year where most students will physically return to classrooms, we don’t want to lose this momentum! Here are a few tips for keeping families included in school as kids return to classrooms. 

Aug 18, 2021

How to Prepare for a Safe School Year

Safety is on everyone’s mind as we start this new school year. We want to ensure that every student, teacher, school personnel and family member stays healthy this year as most students return to school full time for the first full school year since the pandemic began. 

Aug 11, 2021

Letter from the Executive Director

Hear from Dr. Jessica Gomez as she explains why her work with resilient families has inspired her to lead Momentous Institute into an exciting future.

Aug 04, 2021

New Home, Same Mission at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Though the AT&T Byron Nelson had a new home in McKinney, TX in 2021, its commitment to change the odds for children through the work of Momentous Institute remained the same. Check out the highlights!

Aug 04, 2021

Positive Discipline: The ABCs

Practicing positive discipline can be difficult, especially when a child is misbehaving and you need to correct the behavior immediately. The good news is that we have a tool to help in this type of situation - The ABCs.

Jul 29, 2021

When Time Outs Don't Work

If you find yourself hitting a dead end with time outs, it may be time to try something new. Read more about this time out alternative.

Jul 27, 2021

Let's Talk About Positive Discipline

Positive and discipline are not two words that you normally see used together. Typically, discipline holds a heavy, negative connotation. However, we can follow three steps to help make discipline both effective and (relatively) painless. 

Jul 16, 2021

Three Things to Teach Kids About Feelings

Human beings have a lot of feelings. Knowing what to do with those feelings is what helps us become emotionally intelligent, self-compassionate, resilient human beings. And like many things, this starts young. So today we want to share three things we can teach children about their feelings. 

Jul 13, 2021

Goals for the Future

There is a moment, or perhaps many moments, when a parent looks at their child and thinks about what they want for their child’s future. And, most parents, whether consciously or not, have a list of goals for their child in each of these areas. So, today, let’s take time to write out that list.

Jul 09, 2021

Tips for Helping Kids Adjust to a New Baby

You just brought home a new little bundle of joy but suddenly your older child is exhibiting all kinds of out-of-character behavior. Here are a few tips to consider when introducing a new child into the family.

Jul 06, 2021

Supporting Parents of LGBTQIA+ Youth

Just as LGBTQIA+ youth are on a journey, so are parents. A parent’s process can show up in different ways depending on the family. In this post, we talk about some of the common phrases we hear from parents plus some tips we encourage parents to consider. 

Jun 21, 2021

When Teens Push Back

In the teen years, conflict is normal and to be expected. What parents should consider is to pick conflicts that will be productive. What does that mean? 

Jun 15, 2021

Understanding Grief

Many of us described our emotions in the last year as sadness, disappointment, fear, anger, pain, anxiety or numbness. But underneath all of these feelings is something we don’t often name. Grief. 

May 28, 2021

Understanding Mourning

Grief is what we feel when we lose something. Mourning is the work we do to come out on the other side of the pain. Mourning is a task. It requires work. And it does not happen on its own.

May 28, 2021

Why We Need to Name Our Feelings

Emotions are complicated, and being able to examine and name our feelings is an important step in being emotionally intelligent and taking care of our own mental health. 

May 25, 2021

What is Compassion Fatigue?

Compassion fatigue is the cost of caring “too much”. It can occur as a result of helping, or wanting to help, those who are in need. But by identifying the signs early, teachers can be quick to respond in a resourceful way. 

Apr 27, 2021

Week of Wins

Celebrating the wins, not matter how big or small, is a great way to help manage your mental health. This post provides an activity to help you count the wins.

Apr 22, 2021

Let's Talk about Burnout

Burnout can drain you of your passion and enthusiasm for your job, or even for life in general. Burnout is kind of like a fire that is slowly extinguishing. Learn how to mitigate the risks of burnout and keep those flames ignited. 

Apr 19, 2021

You Are Doing Enough!

Sometimes you just need to be reminded that you are doing enough. So, consider this your reminder that, not matter what, you are doing enough.

Apr 15, 2021

The Small Things Add Up

Often when we feel like our mental health is not in the best place, we start looking for big things that could be causing us stress. When we aren't able to find a big issue that is causing the stress, it may be time to examine all of the small things because they could be adding up.  

Apr 13, 2021

How to Talk to Kids About Violence Against the AAPI Community

Parents, teachers and those who work with children are eager for support in how to have tough conversations with children about race and racism that can help them understand the world and become advocates for a brighter future for new generations. We hope these tips help. 

Mar 29, 2021

Is This Something I Can Control?

We face stressors every day and sometimes when we face multiple stressors, we can become overwhelmed. A helpful tool for managing stress is to ask, "Is this something I can control?"

Feb 15, 2021

What is Mental Health?

Because social emotional health is the intersection of social emotional learning and mental health, we talk a lot about mental health. But, what is mental health and how does it fit into overall health?

Jan 18, 2021

The Resilience of Families

Read what our therapists have observed from families during the pandemic and see how parents and children have shown resilience.

Dec 03, 2020

Showing Up for Educators

Learn about ways we have stayed dedicated to educators despite the changes of 2020 and head to the e-store to see all the products.

Dec 03, 2020

Donor Spotlight

The support of seven sponsors allowed our staff to create a menu of interactive webinars and reach over 2,500 educational professionals in the community! See the story here.

Dec 02, 2020

How to Answer Kids’ Questions about COVID

As children head back to school this fall, many are asking questions that teachers may feel unprepared to answer. While we can’t provide a script for how to respond to each question a student may ask, here's some guidance on appropriate ways to handle these tough conversations. 

Aug 20, 2020

Thank you, Momentous School Teachers

From daily distance learning zoom sessions to birthday visits to a special drive-thru send-off, our teachers went above and beyond to make sure our students and their families were able to finish the year on a positive note.

Jul 27, 2020

Capitalizing Race

Momentous Institute has decided to capitalize all references to race including Black and White. Read more...

Jul 10, 2020

Our Unwavering Commitment

There is no pathway towards a mentally healthy community without addressing systemic racism and the resulting racial trauma. This is not someone else’s fight. This is our collective fight. And we are committed for the long-haul.

Jun 04, 2020

How to Talk to Children About Coronavirus

There’s no question that the Coronavirus COVID-19 is taking over our thoughts and conversations. This has left many parents wondering what they should say – and not say – to their children. Here are a few things to keep in mind in deciding what to share. 

Mar 13, 2020

Three Tips for Healthy Sleep

Tired children have a harder time focusing at school, regulating their emotions and interacting with their peers. We have three tips to help your children get healthy sleep.

Mar 09, 2020

Watch Your Language

Language is powerful. It can build up or tear down, lift up or discourage. What if we all sought to find ways to change the labels surrounding others?

Dec 05, 2019

Donor Spotlight

Learn about our partnerships with Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning that will benefit the families of Momentous Institute!

Dec 05, 2019

2019 Changing the Odds recap

Recap 2019's Changing the Odds: Hidden Factors, which brought together internationally-renowned speakers to discuss key influences that affect children today.

Dec 05, 2019

Prioritizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As Momentous Institute continues to prioritize social emotional health across every program, find out how its internal focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is aligning on a deeper level with its mission.

Jul 08, 2019

Momentous Institute Partners with Southern Dallas

How did Momentous Institute use the game of golf to increase partnerships with Southern Dallas organizations? Check out all Momentous Institute has learned from collaborating with organizations like Bonton Farms beyond tournament week.

Jul 08, 2019

Momentous Institute Goes to Austin

Momentous Institute is passionate about being a leading voice for equipping educators with trauma-informed practices and had the opportunity in May to take part in advocating for Texas House Bill 18, which just passed in the Senate! Learn more about House Bill 18, how Momentous Institute is working with legislators and how social emotional health is being showcased throughout political platforms.

Jul 08, 2019

Donor Spotlight

Learn more about our partnerships with The Meadows Foundation and the N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center. 

Jul 08, 2019

Dear White Teachers

Dear White Teachers, Are you like me, a white teacher in a classroom with mostly students of color? Do you feel secretly uncomfortable at the idea of talking about race in the classroom? Keep reading...

Apr 02, 2019

Three Holiday Strategies for Stressed-Out Parents

Thanks to Norman Rockwell and other idealistic portrayals of the holiday season, expectations for blissed-out perfection run high at this time of year. Reality, however, rarely measures up. Schedules are off, sugar intake is high, and Aunt Thelma is in town… Yikes!

Here are three strategies to help navigate holiday stressors. 

Dec 05, 2018

Poverty and the Brain

Statistics show that poverty has negative outcomes on children. We explore why this is by looking at how poverty impacts brain development. 

Oct 08, 2018

Let's Talk About Poverty

This next series on our Momentous Institute blog will focus on poverty. Specifically, what impact does growing up in poverty have on children?

Sep 24, 2018

When Home is Not a Safe Place

Each year five million children witness domestic violence in the US. Our Associate Director of Development, Tania Loenneker, discusses how domestic violence affects children. 

Sep 17, 2018

Queen Bees and Wannabes: A Book Club Discussion

In preparation for our upcoming Changing the Odds conference, a group of us read Queen Bees and Wannabes by guest speaker Rosalind Wiseman. Here are some of our thoughts and a bit about why we love this book. 

Sep 10, 2018

Jacob's New Dress

Jacob's New Dress is a children's book that explore what happens when a young boy wants to wear a dress to school. Read our review to find out what we love about this book.

Aug 27, 2018

Disarming the Nuclear Family

The family unit is an important part of the gender discussion. This week we're sharing an article from Willow McCormick about the importance of recognizing that not all students come from a traditional nuclear family.

Aug 20, 2018

My Princess Boy

Discussing gender equity with children is an important part of Social Emotional Health. My Princess Boy is a children's book that discusses the challenges a gender non-conforming child faces. Read our review to learn more. 

Aug 13, 2018

Siblings of Gender Fluid Children

When we have conversations about a gender fluid child, we have to remember that the child is a member of a family. In this post we are looking at how a gender fluid child's experience can impact their siblings.

Aug 06, 2018

Movie Review: Gender Revolution

Our content specialist, Michelle, recently watched a documentary called “Gender Revolution”. Read her thoughts about how the documentary shines a light on how gender (and conversations about gender) affects everyone from young children to adults.

Jul 30, 2018

Let's Talk Terms

When we talk about sex, sexuality, and gender, there are a lot of terms to keep track of. Even those of us who work in this space are constantly learning new titles and terms. It can feel overwhelming to make sure we’re using the right language. Read more...

Jun 25, 2018

Movie Review: The Mask You Live In

Our office manager, Ashley, recently watched a documentary  called “The Mask You Live In.” Read her thoughts about how the documentary affected her as a parent to a six-year-old boy. 

Jun 18, 2018

How Girls Learn and Lead

For today’s blog post, I spoke with Jennifer Bartkowski, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Keep reading to learn more about how the Girls Scouts are working to empower young women.

Jun 04, 2018

How Boys and Girls are Doing in School

As we continue with our blog series on gender, we take a moment to assess how both boys and girls are currently doing in school. We've talked about the STEM gender gap, but what other gaps need attention?

May 28, 2018

Are Girls More Empathetic Than Boys?

Research shows that females tend to have higher levels of empathy than males. Our research team was interested in whether the same was true for elementary school students and whether there was anything we could do to change this trajectory by intervening at a young age. Read more...

Apr 23, 2018

Seven Ways to Get Girls Interested in STEM

It is widely accepted that careers in STEM fields are dominated by men, and that women and girls do not pursue these fields at the same level as their male peers. Through my research and practices, I want to share seven ways to help girls gain interest in STEM. Read more...

Apr 16, 2018

Gender Microaggressions - We're All Guilty of Them

Gender microaggressions are small, seemingly innocuous comments that can pile up over time and affect a person’s sense of self and identity. These microaggressions can become so commonplace that we don’t even notice them. Here are a few examples of common gender-related microaggressions... Read more.

Mar 26, 2018

Good Morning, Boys and Girls!

It’s common to walk into an elementary school classroom and hear a teacher say, “Good morning, boys and girls!”  Is there any harm in this approach? Let's take a look at the research. 

Mar 19, 2018

Let's Talk about Gender

In this next series on our blog, we will be exploring the topic of gender. We want to know what makes boys and girls different. How do they learn? How are they treated by adults? Join us as we explore a new series.

Mar 12, 2018

Teaching Young People How to Dream

"When I work with young Latinos from at-risk backgrounds, one of the themes that eventually arises are long-term goals. They are often asked to dream big – to consider options outside of their current environment or circumstances. This can be very challenging." Keep reading...

Mar 05, 2018

Working with Undocumented Families

As adults, one of our first instincts is to protect and comfort children who are afraid. But that instinct can be challenging when a child’s fear is real, and there’s nothing we can do to protect them from it. One big area where we see this fear is around the topic of immigration. Keep reading...

Feb 19, 2018

Make Space for Race

"Many educators, including myself, have failed to make the children we work with feel seen—because for many years, we have not acknowledged race as a fundamental element of identity.  We need to make space for race.  But how?" Read more...

Jan 15, 2018

Talking to Teens about Race

Parents have the opportunity to help teens explore these racial differences. It may sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading...

Jan 08, 2018

Language Matters

We make many assumptions about the race and ethnicity of others. Let's talk about some commonly misused and misunderstood identifiers. Keep reading...

Dec 04, 2017

#Me Too: In Our Classrooms

"We were on a seventh grade class field trip. I don’t remember where. I do however, remember being in the elevator. He stood behind me and touched my body, without my consent." Read on...

Nov 06, 2017

If Not Colorblindness... Then What?

We’ve talked about how the “colorblindness” approach is not the most helpful way to interact with people of different races and cultures. Now you may be wondering… but what is the best approach? 

Oct 16, 2017

I Don't Think of You as Black

A published letter from Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African president Desmond Tutu, further explains why her friend's comment, “I don’t think of you as Black” was offensive to her. Read the excerpt and reflect.

Oct 09, 2017

"I Don't See Color"

One pervasive approach to working in communities of color is the so-called “colorblind” approach. We’ve all heard the line, “I don’t see color.” 

But there’s a fatal flaw in this approach. 

Oct 02, 2017

What is White Privilege?

The term “white privilege” has entered the common vocabulary when discussing issues related to race. We hear it all the time, but today we want to take a minute to really explore the topic. What is “white privilege” and what can we do about it? 

Sep 25, 2017

Think about the Kids

In the coming weeks, we will share strategies about how to have these difficult conversations with kids. But before any conversations take place, let’s do some reflecting about race and the children in our lives.

Sep 18, 2017

Take in the Good

We've all done it: focused all of our energy on that one negative comment rather than the 100 positive comments. Dr. Rick Hanson explains why.

Sep 14, 2017

It Starts Here

Before we go any further on discussions about race, we have to talk about the starting line. 

Sep 11, 2017

Let's Talk About Race

Like with all things, silence speaks loudly. When we don’t talk about subjects that matter, we’re explicitly making a choice to be silent.

So, let’s talk about race.

Sep 04, 2017

Building Excitement for the School Year

It’s back to school season, which means teachers everywhere are setting up classrooms and getting ready for the new year. At Momentous School, August means home visits: a week-long excursion visiting every student in his/her home. Keep reading...

Aug 14, 2017

Summer Reading Goes Digital

The students at Momentous School are hard at work on their summer reading. And we know they're enjoying it, because we can see their progress! Read more about how we went digital with summer reading...

Jul 31, 2017

Technology and Parenting

Technology isn't going away, but childhood is. This post is a friendly reminder to put away your phone and be present with your children. 

Mar 28, 2017


You're wandering the aisles at the grocery store. Then, it happens. The tantrum. 

Mar 16, 2017

Have Fun

Let’s be honest – kids don’t need another boring adult telling them what to do.

Mar 13, 2017

Blended Families

In this post, we discuss how to manage romantic relationships when children are involved. Keep reading...

Mar 11, 2017

What is Attunement?

There's one very important concept we want everyone to know: attunement. What is attunement, and what do you need to know about it?

Feb 27, 2017

The YES Challenge

Take the YES challenge with your teenager. Let us know your results!

Feb 06, 2017

Love Lens

There are really two ways to navigate the world. We can move away from things we fear, or we can move towards things we love.

Jan 30, 2017

Flash Forward

It's so easy to get caught up in the daily work of raising teenagers that we forget to look forward. Keep reading...

Jan 23, 2017


Inside your teenager is the sweet little girl she once was. Take a moment to remember that. 

Jan 16, 2017

Avoid Catastrophizing

"If your teenager fails a test, that doesn’t mean she will never go to college. If your teenager gets in a fight, that doesn’t mean he’ll end up in prison." Keep reading...

Jan 09, 2017

It's Not Personal

If teenagers have a superpower, it’s the ability to shoot a dagger right where it hurts. Say it with us now. It's not personal. 

Jan 02, 2017

Posture of Curiosity

This one tiny step can completely change an interaction with a teenager. 

Dec 26, 2016

Mischievous Moose

Our second grade teachers share about their new classroom visitor.

Dec 19, 2016

The Consultant

So you're trying to connect with a teenager and getting nowhere. Try putting her in the role of consultant! 

Nov 21, 2016

I Wonder

Got a teenager who won't talk? Try this simple strategy!

Nov 14, 2016

Besties with the Bumps

The teenager years are a time to reframe our thinking on failure and struggle...

Oct 24, 2016

Making Sense of the Terrible Teens

The idea of dealing with adolescents can often be daunting for parents and educators. We'd like to reframe how we think about teenagers. Read on...

Oct 10, 2016

Toxic Stress and Sensory Processing Disorder

Most of us experience stress on a daily basis, and our bodies are designed to handle small amounts of stress. But what happens when our bodies and brains experience stress on a frequent, ongoing basis, or when stress is severe? Read this guest post from Dr. Jamie Chaves to learn more. 

Sep 26, 2016

When Attachment is Disrupted

We know that a secure attachment is best for children, but what happens when they don’t have that? What does that look like for children, and how can we, as adults who work with children, care for and connect with these kids?

Aug 08, 2016

When Parents and Kids are Separated

Some children need extra support when they're facing a separation from their parents, even if it's just a brief time away. Read on for strategies on how to ease the separation. 

Aug 01, 2016

What is Attachment?

Learn more about the single greatest predictor of success for children in this deep dive into attachment. 

Jun 27, 2016

Meditation for the Rest of Us

"I used to have a picture in my mind of what a meditator looked like. I am not that woman. Not by a long shot. But I do meditate every day and here’s why."

May 09, 2016


If you’re operating out of stress, frustration, and anxiety, you’re not going to be able to be that calm, collected and caring adult that the children need from you. Join us as we dive into the topic of self-care.

Apr 18, 2016


There are many ways to think about ADHD, but here's another one. 

Apr 13, 2016

My Kids Aren't Following Directions

Wouldn’t it be nice if we gave directions and our kids followed them… the first time…every time? Now come back to reality. Let's chat about kids who aren't following directions. 

Apr 08, 2016

A Reminder

Sometimes I need this reminder, so I wanted to share it in case others needed reminding, too.

Mar 30, 2016

Is It Snooping?

When a child is old enough to access technology, gets a cell phone of her own and starts signing up for social media accounts, many parents wonder how to monitor. Read her text messages? Know her Facebook password? Here's our advice.

Mar 23, 2016

When Kids Want to Talk

We know that trying to fix our children's problems for them doesn't usually work. So what should we do when they want to talk?

Mar 21, 2016

Inspire for Contribution

We want kids to understand that the goal of learning is to use what they know to help others and make the world a better place.

Mar 18, 2016

How to Un-Spoil a Child

Let's talk about how to raise a child to be un-spoiled, and how to un-spoil a child who we accidentally let go down the wrong path a little too long. 

Mar 04, 2016

How to Help Kids with Anxiety

When working with kids with anxiety, our goal shouldn't be to get rid of it altogether, but we definitely want to give kids tools to help them channel it. Keep reading...

Feb 22, 2016

When Bad Things Happen in the News

What do I tell my kid when bad things happen in the news? How much is too much? Should I not say anything? Answers to your pressing questions about talking to kids about current events.

Feb 19, 2016

Hug the Monkey

Our dear friend, Dr. Rick Hanson, shares this wonderful guest blog post. Read on!

Jan 27, 2016

Change of Scenery

This is a very, very simple trick for helping kids when they get stuck. 

Jan 25, 2016

Try Try Again

On the first week of school, we did something a little crazy. We set up an activity that we knew the kids would fail.

Jan 04, 2016

The Tooth

Read our book review of The Tooth by Avi Slovdovnick, and check out the video!

Nov 30, 2015

Quitting vs. Failure

What do you do when your 8-year old decides she no longer likes soccer halfway through the season? Do you ask her to stick it out so that she’s not a quitter? Do you teach her to follow through with her commitments? Do you let her walk away?

Sep 30, 2015


There are plenty of books about persisting with something and thinking outside the box, but few as funny and creative as Stuck. Read our review!

Sep 23, 2015

Praise the Process

Perhaps the simplest way to build resilience in kids is to just switch our language. Try this!

Sep 18, 2015

A Perfectly Messed Up Story

Kids will love this funny read-aloud book about a kid named Louie whose story just keeps getting ruined. Poor Louie! He can’t tell his story because it keeps getting messed up. Keep reading...

Sep 16, 2015

Time Capsule

We all want our children to be kind and successful, and yet we often don’t fully articulate those visions. Try this!

Sep 11, 2015


Do you know a kid who gives up when things aren't working out for him? Read "Ish" and remind him that just because we didn't get it right the first time, we definitely shouldn't give up.

Sep 09, 2015

Why I Banned the Word Easy

I know "easy" isn't a bad word in the traditional sense. But here's why I banned it in my classroom.

Aug 31, 2015

Home Visits

Momentous School teachers visit each student in his/her home at the start of the school year. Watch this video to learn more about the impact that home visits make on the kids, parents, and teachers all year long.

Aug 10, 2015

Kids Talk: Empathy

What is empathy? Delilah, an 8-year old and second grade student at Momentous School can tell you!

Jul 13, 2015

Perspective Lens

Get yourself a large magnifying glass and use it as your "perspective lens" to help kids see another person's perspective.

Jul 03, 2015

Seven Blind Mice

Like the seven blind mice, kids need to learn the important lesson that we don't always see things in the same ways as others, but that another person's perspective is just as important as our own.

Jun 26, 2015

Ripple's Effect

"A kid who reads this book can think about how happiness can help him overcome whatever shark he’s facing – whether it’s a bully, a negative person, or a toxic relationship. Happiness is contagious!" Read more in this book review of "Ripple's Effect."

Jun 05, 2015

A Terrible Thing Happened

It would be wonderful if we lived in a world where we didn’t need this book. But because terrible things do happen, "A Terrible Thing Happened" is incredibly helpful. Read our review of this book for children who have witnessed violence or trauma.

Jun 03, 2015

Home Away from Home

Our students spend more time in our classroom than they do even with their own families. How can we make this home away from home a comfortable place? Try this simple idea from our fourth grade teacher, Kim Robinson.

Jun 01, 2015

Yes ... D'Oh! ... YET

"As I’m sure you can guess, many of the teenagers don’t mind talking about what they did well, but they often shut down when asked about the frustrations. Although we honor their resistance to sharing, we also invite them to learn grit." Read more...

May 06, 2015

Rubber Band Brain

Our brains are like a rubber band. The more we practice, the more it can stretch and grow. Use actual rubber bands to help kids understand this important concept. Read on.

Nov 21, 2014

Mindful Analogies

Momentous Institute Psychologist Dr. Matt Leahy discusses using mindful analogies to answer the question, "Why am I in therapy?"

Nov 05, 2014

The Whole-Brain Child

The Whole-Brain Child is one of our favorite books for anyone who works with kids. Read this quick review, and then grab a copy and read the whole thing!

Oct 31, 2014

Empathy and Optimism Research

At Momentous Institute, we talk all the time about social emotional health. We say, “This stuff matters” and “This stuff works!” As a researcher, I wanted to substantiate these claims with data. So I began a research study about the effects of our social emotional curriculum on academic outcomes.

Sep 21, 2014


Imagine this: a child gets an A on her spelling test. You tell her, “Great job! You are really smart.” Nothing wrong with that, right?

Sep 21, 2014


The Number Corner

Here's how our 2nd grade teacher, Brenda Ortega, utilizes SEL practices with one of her favorite classroom tools - the number corner.

Jul 22, 2022
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Family Engagement

Why is it important for schools and teachers to build relationships with students' families? And how can you start?

We’re big on parent involvement at Momentous School. We want families to be connected to each other and form a supportive community, which then influences their involvement in the school community. We want our school to be a warm, welcoming space for families.

Jul 01, 2022

Small Things Add Up | Animated

Often when we feel like our mental health is not in the best place, we start looking for big things that could be causing us stress. When we aren't able to find a big issue that is causing the stress, it may be time to examine all of the small things because they could be adding up.  

Nov 15, 2021

The Growing Brain | "How to Talk to Kids about the News" | Animated

From The Growing Brain podcast episode, How to Talk to Kids about the News with Garica Sanford: In today's 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to know when - and how - to talk to kids about what is happening. How much is too much? How do we talk about difficult things in an age-appropriate way? How do we respond to their questions? In this episode, we'll look at answers to these questions and more. 

Jan 25, 2021

Home Strategies | Blanket Play

Blankets are a great tool for you and your partner to use for building better connection with your child, though, depending on the age or excitement of your child, they can be a little risky. So, it's important to know your child and figure out the best way to use this tool to your advantage!

Dec 09, 2020

The Science of Empathy

What is empathy and why is it important? Whether its for creating long lasting relationships, or just helping to understand different perspectives, empathy is a vital tool that everyone has access to! Learn more!

Apr 30, 2020

2nd Grade Service Project

For our 2nd grade service project, the students worked together in organizing the different grades and faculty to bring in hats and gloves to the Joppa community here in South Dallas.

Jan 17, 2020

Cup and Saucer

Next time your child or student is having a hard time handling their emotions, remember that their cup is still growing!

Oct 04, 2019

Harllee Partner Project - Amber Shields

Harllee's new principal, Amber Shields, talks about her excitement in starting her first year as Principal for Harllee Early Childhood Center and working with Momentous!

Oct 03, 2019

Flip the Clip

Most teachers are familiar with the classic clip chart, a behavior management technique designed to help students control their behavior and make good choices. Flip the Clip turns this concept into a method that is positive, respectful and results in a classroom culture with strong social emotional health.

Oct 03, 2019

Safe Relationships: Consistency and Predictability

Creating safe relationships in the classroom can be your number one priority as a teacher, but it can be daunting. Each student is different, so how can you connect with them in a safe and meaningful way? Our very own, Keisha Wright, opens up the conversation!

Oct 03, 2019

Safe Relationships: Common Interests

If you're looking to create safe relationships with students in the classroom, one easy way is to connect with them through shared, common interests. Our own Matthew Leahy, Ph.D. explains!

Oct 03, 2019

Safe Relationships: Praise

As teachers, we tend to focus on the negative of what students are outputting, but when building safe relationships, it's important to not be afraid to praise students on their efforts! Lauren Mann, Ph. D. tells us more about it!

Oct 03, 2019

The Hand Model of the Brain

Try this quick way to explain the brain with your hand. We love this concept from Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. 

Oct 03, 2019

Safe Relationships: The Pressure of Building Relationships

Building Safe Relationships with your students is not an easy task, especially when you're working under academic pressure. We all want our kids to do well, so Kelly Richmond gives us 3 easy steps to remember when working towards safe relationships (chances are you might be doing them without realizing!).

Oct 03, 2019

My Brain Music Video

My brain is the most important part of me! Allow these Perea Elementary Students in Memphis, Tennessee to teach you about their brain in this catchy song written by LaChelle Walker.

Oct 03, 2019

Flash Focus on Relationships

Flash Focus on Relationships, a presentation from staff at Momentous Institute. Jennifer Hartmann shares about Relationships: The Difference that Makes a Difference.

Dec 08, 2015

Vision Statements

We believe that all parents truly want the best for their children and have high hopes and dreams for their futures. At Momentous School, we ask all parents to complete a vision statement for their child. We use these to help guide our students and to refocus on the big picture if things go off-track. We encourage every school to add vision statements to their beginning of the year routine!

Aug 09, 2015

Kids Talk: The Brain

Momentous School Kindergarten student Taryn shares about the brain in the Kids Talk series

Jun 02, 2015

Got Stress? Stress and the Brain

Got Stress? Frankie Perez and Fred Lines of Momentous Institute explain stress in a way that is easy to understand. Make sure to check out our Got Stress? strategies!

Mar 23, 2015

Got Stress?

Got Stress? Watch Momentous Institute experts explain toxic stress and four simple strategies to combat it.

Mar 23, 2015

Home Visits

Before the start of each new academic year, Momentous School teachers visit students at their homes.  This helps build a great relationship between home and school.

Jan 26, 2015

Home Visits 101

Learn more about how Momentous School visits each of our Pre-K families in their home throughout their first year. Home visits help strengthen the parent-school connection and set students up for success both at school and at home.

Jan 26, 2015

Positive Discipline

Momentous Institute's Director of Education shares how she approaches discipline with social emotional health in mind. 

Jun 13, 2014


Episode 19: ADHD: Now What?

In this episode we dive into all things ADHD with guest Ivette Lampl, a therapist who has spent her career working with kids with ADHD, and is a mom of two kids with ADHD.

May 25, 2020
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Episode 17: Helping Parents Manage Anxiety in Children, Part 1

In this two-part series, we’ll discuss what anxiety looks like in children, and what we can do to best support children who suffer from anxiety. This episode features guest Dr. Ernie Fernandez, a local pediatrician, about the medical aspect of anxiety – what is happening in the brain, medication, and more.

Apr 27, 2020

Episode 16: Helping Kids with Sensory Challenges

Itchy tags, bright lights, loud noises, a constant need to be touched – these can all be signs of children with sensory challenges. Join guest Amelia Baladez to learn more about what parents can know to help manage sensory challenges at home and out in the world.

Apr 13, 2020

Episode 15: Understanding Girls

What should parents know about how girls operate in the world? How should we prepare for the teen years? What is important to girls? In this episode we dive into all things girls with guest Tania Loenneker.

Mar 30, 2020

Episode 14: Understanding Boys

Certainly all children are different, but there are many commonalities among boys. Diving into all things boys is guest Dr. Matthew Leahy who shares his learning from the past decade of working with boys.

Mar 16, 2020

Episode 13: A Healthy Night's Sleep

We all know sleep is important. But why? What happens when children sleep? How much do they need? How can we ensure they get quality sleep? Learn all about sleep in this episode with guest Dr. Laura Vogel.

Mar 03, 2020

Episode 12: Managing those Dreaded Tantrums

We’ve all been there. There’s nothing worse than a poorly timed tantrum in the middle of a busy day. But in this episode, we discuss ways to manage tantrums in the moment, and even how to avoid them altogether (at least sometimes!).

Feb 03, 2020

Episode 10: How to Talk to Kids about the News

In today's 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to know when - and how - to talk to kids about what is happening. How much is too much? How do we talk about difficult things in an age-appropriate way? How do we respond to their questions? In this episode, we'll look at answers to these questions and more.

Jan 06, 2020

Episode 8: Effective School Communication

Every parent who sends a child to school deals with appropriate ways to communicate effectively with the school. We talk about parent conferences, how to respond when things aren't going well, and other tips for getting started on the right foot.

Dec 09, 2019

Episode 4: Making Sense of The Teen Years

Teenagers! There's so much to love, and also… a few things to be curious, worried or just confused about. In this episode, we dive into what's happening in the brain of teenagers, and how parents can respond.

Oct 14, 2019

Episode 3: What is Attachment?

The amazing Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, co-author of New York Times best-sellers The Whole-Brain Child and No Drama Discipline gives us the run down on attachment. What is it, and why should parents know about it? 

Sep 27, 2019

Episode 2: Positive Discipline

We've never met a child who has never misbehaved, so every parent needs to know how to effectively use discipline. In this episode, we learn discipline strategies that help build children's capacity to make good choices. 

Sep 13, 2019

Episode 1: The Growing Brain and How it Works

In this episode, we talk all about the brain. How are children's brains wired and developed over time? What should parents know about the growing brain? Learn this and more in the first episode of The Growing Brain.

Sep 06, 2019