The Power of Words: Put-Ups and Put-Downs

Playful Learning: The Power of Words

As our children go back to school and fill the classrooms or dive into their homeschool experiences, it’s important to remember the strong connection between social and emotional safety and academic success. Neuroscience shows that when a child is feeling stress about personal relationships, their home life, or pressures at school, they are far less likely to engage in high-order thinking and executive functioning skills.

It’s for this reason that the explicit teaching of social and emotional skills at home and in the classroom are essential for our children to be happy and thrive.

One of the most life-changing lessons I have ever experienced is about put-ups and put-downs… If I could choose two phrases that would be introduced into every household and school across the land, it would be “put-ups” and “put-downs.” These are two of the most powerful concepts I have ever taught in the classroom or to my own children. Equipping young children with a deep understanding of these terms gives them the ability to communicate feelings, which may have seemed almost intangible before. The language of put-ups and put-downs provides children with the skills needed for them to speak up for themselves as well as to stand up for others.

As a special Back-to-School gift to you, we are offering our online lesson, The Power of Words: Put-Ups and Put-Downs free of charge! It’s the perfect way to start off a new school year by creating a nurturing and supportive learning community at home and in school.


Free Online Lesson!

Playful Learning: The Power of Words


Enjoy and Spread the Put-Ups!



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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