Hello Parkside Families,

Happy 2016!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season; I certainly enjoyed spending time with my family.  It has been a busy week getting back into the routine again.  Thankfully we were able to get outside on Wednesday to enjoy the snow that had fallen.  The kids enjoyed playing with the new sleds and helping to shovel snow with the new shovels.

2016 Tuition agreement and liability:  Parents, you will find the new tuition agreements and liability forms for 2016.  Every year we have our families renew their contract with Parkside after we have announced the new tuition rates.  It is extremely important that all of the forms are complete before bringing them to the office.   We understand that you have filled these forms out before, but we need you to take the time to complete them again so that we have the most accurate information.  In September we passed out a release of liability form, we have now updated this form and ask for you to read it and sign.  This packet of information needs to be passed into the office completed by Monday, January 25th.  Please stop by the office or e-mail Jen Montgomery-Rice at with any questions.

Know the Signs: How to Tell a Tantrum From a Meltdown

By Amanda Morin

Your child is upset and acting out. Is he having a tantrum or a meltdown? Many parents and professionals use these terms interchangeably. But they are different behaviors that require different approaches. Here’s how to tell one type of outburst from the other.

Tantrum Meltdown
What It Is
  • An angry or frustrated outburst.
  • A child might yell, cry, lash out, and hold his breath.
  • A child typically has some control over his behavior during a tantrum.
  • The behavior tends to stop when he gets what he wants. (But tantrums can become overwhelming and evolve into meltdowns.)
  • A reaction to feeling overwhelmed.
  • A child might yell, cry, lash out, run away and/or shut down and withdraw.
  • Meltdowns are out of a child’s control.
  • The behavior tends to stop when he wears himself out or when there’s a change in the amount of sensory input he is experiencing.
What Triggers It
  • A desire to get something, avoid something or elicit a specific reaction.
  • Frustration.
  • Not being able to communicate needs and wants.
  • Sensory, information or emotional overload.
  • Intense frustration.
  • Sudden changes in routine or expectations.
  • Not being able to communicate needs and wants.
Signs You May Notice
  • You know what your child wants or is reacting to.
  • Your child is choosing to engage in the behavior.
  • He’s able to pay attention to what’s going on around him.
  • He watches other people’s reactions and adjusts his behavior to match it.
  • He may be trying to bargain for a solution while he’s yelling.
  • Behavior ends once when he gets what he wants or realizes he won’t get what he wants by acting out.
  • You may not know what your child wants or is reacting to.
  • Your child doesn’t seem to have control over his behavior and appears panicky.
  • He is shutting down or trying to escape. He’s not able to process what’s going on around him.
  • He doesn’t respond to people’s reactions or attempts to talk to him.
  • He loses his ability to problem-solve and negotiate solutions.
  • He needs time to calm down and recover, even after a situation has been resolved.

Being aware of triggers and signs can help you avoid or defuse a meltdown or a tantrum. It can also help you understand your child better and react more positively toward him. You can help him learn to deal with frustration and develop coping skills.

Upcoming Events:

*Monday, January 18th:  Martin Luther King, Jr day; Parkside is OPEN

*Thursday, January 28th: Parent/Teacher Advisory Meeting @5:45.  Please stop by the office and let us know if you need child care for this meeting by Wednesday, the 27th.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jen V.