About Calm Chaos


I started Calm Chaos in December of 2018 as a way to share what I know about connecting with young kids. As a teacher, mom, instructional coach and parenting coach, I love helping children and adults to see themselves as problem solvers when challenges inevitably arise. Raising, teaching, and working with children can be difficult; I love sharing ways to help keep ourselves calm amid chaos.

Calm Chaos posts come from:

  • my elementary teaching experience in VA and NYC
  • staff development workshops I have led
  • special education degrees in elementary and early childhood
  • professional development trainings I have attended
  • volunteer opportunities with kids
  • daily experiences with my own children
  • countless books and podcasts on emotional regulation and child development


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  1. I especially appreciate the post on praise — you are spot-on! My children are pre-teen and teenagers now and I cringe thinking back on the times I said “What a great brother you are!”. Not too late to change course, I know! The advice is just as true when parenting older children; I did expect my children to graduate from 6th grade, so none of them got a party, a present, or really (sorry!) much congratulations from me when they did so. Furthermore, when they come home with a good grade on a test, or even for the semester, I try to remember not to say “I’m so proud of you’, but rather “you must be proud of yourself; you really worked hard for that grade.” Keep ’em coming Jenny, your posts are more relevant to all stages of parenthood than you may realize!

    • Beth! Thank you so much for your comment. As I was writing about praise, I couldn’t help but think a lot about expectations – stay tuned for more on that! Thank you for your insight into life with older kids. I look forward to exploring similarities between other stages of parenthood!

  2. Love your insights.. keep them coming! Reading this has come at a perfect time as I try to navigate the terrible twos and a soon to be newborn! Hope all is well with you and the family! 🙂

    • Hey Erica! I’m so glad you’re finding it helpful. I’m really enjoying this so more will definitely be coming! I’ll be thinking about you with your soon to be new addition! xo

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