About Tara (TAR-uh) - she/her
I have been an educator for over twenty years in a variety of roles, capacities and countries. I started Raising Resilient Children to share the frameworks and tools I have developed to support parents as they navigate the challenges of modern parenting while fostering social emotional skills and empathy in their children.
Leading into my journey as a consultant, I owned and operated EducatorMama, a hybrid outdoor and play-based preschool for 7.5 years. This experience was pivotal to the development of the frameworks and services I provide. In this role, I discovered the importance of teaching parents how to develop parenting skills for raising their children with tools that support them both at home and in daycare/school.
Before EducatorMama, I built my career by working in traditional classrooms, outdoor and experiential education settings, as well as administration and guidance roles. My diverse experiences both in Canada and overseas have provided me with a unique background that shape both my educational philosophy and personal viewpoints. Underlying all my experience is the idea that empathy and social emotional intelligence play a key role in developing resilient and growth mindsets in children.
Resiliency Through Social Emotional Skills & Empathy
For the last ten years, I have been developing and implementing a framework for systems that encompass my diverse educational experience and training, with my parenting philosophy. Through this process, I have been working to overcome behaviour challenges and support essential skill-building in an accessible system that parents can integrate into their daily routine.
A foundational component of this, is the idea that empathy and social emotional intelligence play a key role in developing resilient and growth mindsets in children. My Masters work in Education looked at the importance of using literacy to support children with understanding others (empathy) as a way to address issues of self-esteem and bullying. As an extension of this work, I have built my expertise in the importance of teaching parents and children tools for identifying emotions in order to provide skills for emotional regulation. Through this, I have become a passionate advocate for using literacy and children’s books to address Big Topics and Critical Conversations.
Through one-on-one coaching and virtual parenting workshops, I use my frameworks as a guide to develop an approach that will work for your family. I emphasize social emotional awareness, understanding and effectively expressing your children’s self-identity and give you tools to clearly communicate with your child to develop self-regulation strategies. I will help you teach your children social emotional skills for mental well-being by setting clear and appropriate boundaries, encouraging play and engaging in positive dialogues.
Are you ready to talk about how to address your parenting challenges while foster skills for resiliency with your child? Book a discovery call now!
Tara Gratto M.S.Ed., MA, OCT
Raising Resilient Children