Posts by Lynne Watts

Taking the drama out of conflict

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Take the Drama out of Conflicts “He’s not following the rules!  He’s a cheater!” “She is being mean to me and my friends. She won’t include us in her club.” “She took my markers and lost them.  Now I don’t have any.” Some days it feels like all we do as educators and parents is…

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10 Ways to Help Kids Cope with COVID-19

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Kids and COVID-19 The world as we know it has changed. Schools are closed. Families are isolated at home and businesses are shut down. As parents and teachers we are all affected physically, emotionally and financially. While we would like to spare kids from the reality of the situation, it is not possible to protect…

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Two secrets to help kids get organized

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How to Help Kids Get Organized “I lost my homework!  I did it though… really I did.” “Tomorrow is spirit day and I can’t find my school shirt.” “My project is due tomorrow and I haven’t even gotten started.” Sound familiar?  The bane of every parent and teacher’s existence is helping kids develop organizational skills.…

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Kids and anxiety

Kids and Anxiety I was recently talking with a teenager that I volunteer with at Mostly Mutts, a local shelter for dogs.  In the course of our conversation, she told me that she is home schooled because she “has anxiety.”  What does it mean when we think and talk about anxiety this way? When we…

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Five skills kids need to learn in the digital age

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5 Skills Kids Need in the Digital Age I often hear experienced teachers complain about how students have changed over the years.  Children who will spend hours locked into a video game can hardly pay attention for ten minutes to a classroom lesson.  It seems that children of the digital age expect to be entertained…

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3 Ways to Develop Resilient Kids

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We all know people who have experienced tremendous challenges in their lives. Perhaps you are one of them. Sometimes it is a physical challenge, sometimes it is an environmental challenge and other times it is a mental challenge. After talking with someone about  their personal challenge, I always ask, “What is it that sustains you…

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