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My mission: developing and nurturing the whole person, while supporting families, so everyone can make connections and build relationships.

Parents, Caregivers, Professionals and Community Advocates:

Easily incorporate SEL strategies into daily life – at home, school or community

Parent education is a key aspect in social learning that must be addressed. The pandemic has made it abundantly clear that more supports in this area is critical.

Introducing “How To SEL”

Everyday Child and Family Social EmSocial Emotional Learningotional Coaching
By Caroline Maguire, M. Ed., and Scarlett Lewis

How To SEL, an innovative social emotional learning subscription program designed to make SEL skills easy to learn and easy to implement – for everyone, every day.

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Building Strong Social, Emotional and Behavioral Skills

You are your child’s first friend, confidant, and playmate but you know you are not a real substitute for the friendships you want your child to have.

  • You wonder about your child’s baffling behaviors, he says he wants to have friends and then he ignores the overtures.
  • Your preschooler is shy or quirky, and doesn’t mix in.
  • He doesn’t have play dates and alienates other kids?
  • Your teen is left out most of the time.
  • You thought she would grow out of it, but the pattern continues.
  • You are not sure what to do but you know something must change.

I want to help you be able to see, hear and respond to your child in a new way that changes everything. I can you help your child become her best self: socially engaged, confident, and open to the unlimited world of learning, connection and life.

My book and my strategies can help you learn how to cope with the daily social dilemmas that come up and will teach you how to help your child. So they are no longer so alone and so they can make friends and have the kind of relationships you want for them.

Too often, the metrics of success we use to evaluate our children are focused on hard skills like reading or math. But what about learning how to have a conversation, sustain a relationship, or feel comfortable walking into a room filled with strangers? Kids today struggle with loneliness and anxiety because they are increasingly not equipped with the tools they need to feel comfortable in their own skin—but there is hope. Social skills can be taught and developed; what Caroline Maguire has done in this book is write the ultimate guide for parents to tutor kids of all ages on how to make friends and flourish in any social setting.

— Michele Borba, Ed.D, author of Unselfie

Let’s coach your child to happiness

Most parents have already been putting forth huge efforts to improve their child’s social plight, but nothing has brought about any lasting change. Once they understand what professional coaches understand and see how to use basic coaching techniques, that all changes. “Coach”, at the end of the day, is just another word for parent with a game plan. Coaching enables you to step out of the fruitless cycle of scolding or imploring in the “why can’t you just” mode, and into the role of more knowledgeable, supportive mentor and guide. I want to help you be able to see, hear and respond to your child in a new way that changes everything. Your coaching will help your child become her best self: socially engaged, confident, and open to the unlimited world of learning, connection and life. As a parent you are on the front lines.

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Caroline’s Articles

My Child is Lonely, What Should I Do?

Questions involving lonely children and teens have been coming up a lot recently. Parents are struggling with the pain associated with loneliness – parents of all ages and circumstances. Q: What Can I do if My Child is Lonely? If you notice a pattern, i.e. your child’s friends aren’t talking to her, help her figure out the reasons why. Don’t tell, but rather ask, “How come?” If your child is coming to you and saying they are being left out – that is so much easier than the child who denies he has a problem. If your child approaches you … Continue reading My Child is Lonely, What Should I Do?

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Social Emotional Challenges of Gifted / Learning Differences Children and Adults

It is common for people with learning differences to experience powerfulstrengths but also social emotional challenges.  Added social emotional challenges may affect gifted children with learning differences (also known as 2e or twice-exceptional i.e. they possess characteristics of both giftedness and learning differences ) because they are often confused and frustrated by the disconnect; how they can excel in certain areas and yet flounder in others. This frustration can manifest in difficulties connecting to peers. Social skills and the ability to read social cues are often the culprit. Twice-exceptional (2e) people often struggle with perceptions of being different and feeling … Continue reading Social Emotional Challenges of Gifted / Learning Differences Children and Adults

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How to Improve Social Skills in a Teen Who is Gifted or has Learning Differences

My Child is Lonely Q: How can I improve social skills in a child who is gifted or has learning differences? I try to help my child make new friends, but she will not listen. She clings onto friends who don’t treat her well. It is so difficult to watch – again – the same mistakes that ultimately leave her in pain! When I manage the courage to discuss it, she screams, “I AM Fine, Thank you Very Much!” or “I’m OK! I don’t want to talk about it!”  How can I improve social skills in my teen? Unfortunately, everything … Continue reading How to Improve Social Skills in a Teen Who is Gifted or has Learning Differences

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