Validating Emotions in The Early Years [Webinar]

In this webinar, we welcomed Madeleine Hutchison, RECE, Customer Advocacy Specialist, HiMama. Maddie dove into the importance of validating children’s emotions, what the consequences are if we are not, and how we can become more intentional with our responses to children’s emotions. She is also touched on ways to honor our own emotions so we can show up fully for children.

🎤Our Special Guest:

Maddie Hutchison, Customer Advocacy Specialist, HiMama

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth and Family Studies and holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Studies. Maddie has worked as an Infant, Toddler, and Preschool educator and is passionate about advancing the rights of children, families, and educators in the childcare space. Maddie is now a Customer Advocacy Specialist at HiMama!

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Maddie

  • Validation at its core means creating a space that allows children to safety feel. 
  • In this space, we learn to sit with our emotions, even if they feel uncomfortable. 
  • All feelings are valid.
  • Validation is the most important tool for communication 
  • Validating their emotions sets the foundation for high emotional intelligence,
  • Identifying and recognizing children’s emotions will help them build their emotional vocabulary 
  • Validating children’s emotions creates critical learning opportunities to model empathy, compassion, and coping skills.


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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.