Happy mother talking to her son at home

Don’t worry, we’ve all said them… There are a lot of common phrases that we as parents and educators rattle off to kids without thinking much about the meaning that could be interpreted behind it. Some of them are things that we’ve even been told we should say.  Here are three things I bet you’ve said…

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Kids and decision making In a recent post, Tim Elmore discusses the consequences of removing risk taking from children’s lives. In older times, kids spent their summers and their free time roaming the neighborhood, playing, creating their own games and developing their own network of friends. Parents relayed the rules. Kids knew their boundaries and…

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Child's drawings and coloured chalk

The Story Behind Kid President In 2013, Kid President took the world by storm. Over a million views on just his first video. Why?  What made him so engaging? Well, he was funny, energetic, loved to dance AND had a good message. He encouragds teachers to look for the awesome in students and he encouraged students…

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Twin sisters on Wooden pier

It’s not all about ME! Why Empathy Matters What do you envision as the foundation of your classroom culture? your family culture? Is it all about me and what I want? Making the best grades. Having the most friends. Winning, Scoring, Getting to the head of the line… I doubt that is what you envisioned,…

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Twin sisters on Wooden pier

Understanding someone else’s feelings What is empathy? Empathy is the ability to understand and feel what others feel.  It is putting yourself in another’s shoes. When my youngest daughter was little she watched the movie, The Fox and The Hound and cried and cried at the end when Todd was attacked by the bear.  That’s…

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