The anxious child

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The Antidote to Being Stressed  Out Kids who are too anxious to go to school. Kids who worry that they won’t get into a good college. Kids who anticipate that something bad will happen to them. Kids who feel like they never measure up. We all experience stress in its many forms. Sonia Lupien at the…

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giving kids corrective feedback

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4 steps to successful feedback How many times do I have to tell you to do that the right way? What were you thinking? Aren’t you ever going to learn? Have you ever said any of the above statements? As adults, parents and educators we are frequently faced with giving children corrective feedback. How do…

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Teaching children to have courage

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What is the meaning of courage? In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown identifies the three cornerstones of whole hearted living:  courage, compassion and connection.  Wouldn’t we all  love to encourage these qualities in our children? The word courage comes from the the Latin word, “cor” which means heart.  Today courage is usually associated…

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Do kids really need recess?

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Recess = Key Part of Learning In today’s fast-paced, test-results and data focused school world, one of the first things to go is recess. At least 40% of schools have eliminated it altogether. Not only has recess been eliminated but students are spending more time sitting… and sitting… and sitting, all the while expected to…

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Kids who feel overwhelmed

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Kids Who Feel Overwhelmed It’s not just adults who feel overwhelmed today. Kids it seems have more pressures and challenges than ever. Not to mention that we all live in a pessimistic, if something bad can happen then it probably will world. What can we as adults do to help kids ( and ourselves while…

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Kids accepting limitations

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Accepting limitations Every one has some sort of limitation in life.  For some this may be an actual physical disability, for others it is more subtle.  Some children have difficulty with math, or reading or social skills.  It is a rare child who excels in every area. Often as adults in children’s lives we either try…

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