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Hygge, The Early Years and Self-Reg


When asked if I would write a post for the Co-Reg Community about Hygge, I was a little unsure what to write. I had just completed the Self-Reg ECD course in which I wrote about Hygge in response to one of the module questions. To me, Hygge is one of my favourite words. It transcends all aspects of day-to-day and professional life in a way that is both accessible and inspirational.


So, what is Hygge?

"Hygge (pronounced hue-guh, not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special." (S. Bennett, The Curiosity Approach).


When we look at all the systems and pedagogies we've built or are trying to develop in the early years, I sometimes feel we're overcomplicating things. Hygge is a way to come back to the basics...which just so happens to fit perfectly with Self-Reg. Hygge is enjoying our lives right now and honouring time. Hygge is about being present, thankful and connected (connected to the earth and people). It's about warmth and comfort, which is also my mantra.


As I am writing this, I am sitting beneath an umbrella on my back deck listening to the birds, the wind rustling through the trees, smelling the scent of newly bloomed lilacs and enjoying the mid-day heat of an unseasonably warm May day.


It's about the basics. Not our engrained industrialized view of always "building" or "working towards" something (goals and aspirations have their place, but they aren't the reason we find joy in our day-to-day lives). Hygge is about finding ways to make the most out of our everyday. To find comfort and belonging, to appreciate this time that truly is a gift. Comparatively, Self-Reg gives us the tools and knowledge to understand and support human behaviour, specifically how stress contributes to our well-being and health. Self-Reg teaches to view a child as an individual, with their own strengths and gifts. It is the educator's role to be present enough (Hygge enough) to give witness to the child, nurturing the child's individuality so that he or she can live their best life.


Self-Reg and Hygge are not about:

  • the most photo-perfect environments.

  • intricately planned curriculums.

  • developmental checklists or deterministic views.

Self-Reg and Hygge are about:

  • building relationships first

  • reducing stress

  • creating thoughtful and welcoming environments

  • respecting and being in nature

  • finding comfort

  • enjoying life...right now


So when you are developing a teaching philosophy, a parenting technique, or a self-care mantra, you don't need to look at materialistic things or complicated ideas. You just need Self-Reg with a dash of Hygge added in for good measure.


Thank you for reading; I hope you've found inspiration to slow down and find joy in the simple or extraordinary moments in your day-to-day lives.

Kristina Schwartz

Founder/Director LLHDC Inc.


I had initially written about Hygge on my website blog back in August 2019! The post was a connection piece between Hygge and Home Child Care. If you'd like to take a look, you can access it through this link: https://www.littlelambshdc.com/blog/my-new-favourite-word-hygge-hue-guh

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Melissa Pinnell
Melissa Pinnell
2021年5月26日

I am really curious about the impact of learning this sense of hygge early. Knowing how challenging it can be sometimes at [insert cough] to recognize our calm and the influences of stress.

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
2021年5月27日
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It’s a really interesting point, Melissa! I think of the many conversations that Paula and I have with our kindergarteners around Self-Reg. Even online, we hear them talking about times they were “triggered” or “stressed“ and what made them ”feel calm.” This makes me wonder what the impact will be for these same kids as they grow up. The same could be said about Hygge.


Aviva

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
2021年5月25日

Thanks for sharing this, Kristina! I was especially taken by what Hygge is versus what it is not. Knowing how much learning we document in a kindergarten classroom, I wonder what Hygge might look like from a documentation perspective. What might we choose to capture? How might we choose to capture it? You're giving me a lot of food for thought.


Aviva

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
2021年5月26日
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Such an important point, Melissa! Maybe has me wondering more about how we document this, as a way to also speak to what matters to us. I think about the documentation that Paula and I do (and share) right now. It's rarely the pretty Pinterest-posts. If you use "likes" as a guide, our posts are far less favoured to those shared by other educators. Would this discourage some from documenting and sharing Hygge moments?


Aviva

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