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Kids and the comparison trap Is there a student in your life that is a people pleaser? Are they always looking for  approval and recognition? Do they worry too much about fitting in? Do they complain that they have no friends? Do they have trouble taking initiative, even in situations where they have experience and…

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Kids and Risk Taking Babies and toddlers naturally take risks. Watch any toddler navigate through a room and every step is an invitation to connect with the ground. They wobble. They stumble. They totter, while the adults excitedly cheer them on.  We instinctively know that they have to make mistakes and learn how to get…

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Choose Your Core Values  Have you ever thought about what your personal core values are? What about core values for your classroom? or for your family? Would it make a difference if you knew your core values and practiced them? In a previous post, I wrote about the  one question you can ask to encourage leadership skills in…

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Prepare the child for the path; not the path for the child.  (author unknown) Our current environment where many parents are sheltering at home with their families and working remotely at the same time is a stressful time for all. One of the unseen benefits however, may be the many lessons children learn about the…

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A Better Behavior Plan I once was counseling the parents of a child who didn’t want to come to school.  After investigating the situation and making sure there wasn’t a bully at school who was intimidating him or a problem with academics that was discouraging him, we talked about setting up a reinforcement program where…

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Decrease the Stress while Sheltering in Place As you read all the posts about family bonding while sheltering in place are you wondering how they do it? Keeping your fingers crossed that everyone will get along? Finding it exhausting instead of relaxing? Here are some tips: Plan together Involve the whole family in planning the…

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