A (Step) Dad’s View: How to Connect with Your Kids with Michael Gonzalez

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast


#79: A (Step) Dad’s View: How to Connect with Your Kids

with Michael Gonzalez


Are you curious about how to nurture your kid’s social-emotional growth while also creating a community with other parents?

We all want our little ones to thrive emotionally and establish meaningful connections, and that journey starts with us. Supporting our kids’ development by building a supportive community is an investment in their future. The little moments we put in today pave the way for a lifetime of emotional intelligence, resilience, and strong relationships.

This week, Michael Gonzalez, the Director of Professional Development at Metropolitan Montessori Schools, joins us to discuss how parents can foster social-emotional growth and connect with their kids.

Whether you’re a seasoned listener or just joining us, get ready for an enlightening episode filled with practical insights and effective strategies.

Topics Discussed:
  • Fostering social-emotional skills at home
  • Building a supportive community with other families
  • Trends in social-emotional development in schools
  • Parental role in supporting your child’s social-emotional growth
  • Insights from experts and listener questions
About our guest:

For over two decades, Michael Gonzalez has contributed his expertise to both non-profit and for-profit sectors within the early childhood field. With a robust background, he’s accumulated extensive experience. His involvement spans over a decade as a Board of Directors member for the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC), with his current role being the organization’s Past-President.

As an adept instructor in the field, Michael has conducted comprehensive professional development sessions for a diverse range of early childhood professionals throughout his career. Presently, he holds the position of Director of Professional Development at Metropolitan Montessori Schools, where he guides the growth of more than 40 early childhood practitioners through effective professional development strategies.



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In the 2023 season of Parenting in the First 3 Years, we’ll be bringing on parents just like you to share the story of their personal journey. Would you like to apply to be considered as a guest? Let’s talk about it! Simply email Ann McKitrick at ask@nurturednoggins.com

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