personal development

Gifts and the Five Love Languages

The Holidays and Gift Giving The holidays are almost upon us and as usual there is a lot of discussion about gifts. A big dilemma for me when my children were little was what to get  and how much to get. The lists they gave me seemed endless and constantly changing, depending on the current toy…

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Helping children develop a servant heart

Gratitude and Generosity are Key With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s a great time to teach children the importance of gratitude and being thankful.  Children of all ages and be encouraged to develop a servant heart and a spirit of generosity through learning to serve others. Schools Develop a Spirit of Service Developing…

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How many positive comments does it take?

The Benefits of Creating a Positive Environment What do you do when someone makes a critical comment? Hide in bed with a pillow over your head? Make a snappy come back…several hours later? Repeat it over and over to yourself? Shawn Achor in his book– The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That…

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The Greatest Gift a Teacher can Give

The Power of Mindset What is the power of expectation and mindset?  It is not only huge but it trumps ability every time.  In an education world that has become increasing obsessed with data, testing and assessment, what role does a teacher’s positive expectations play in a student’s performance?  Apparently it  is the greatest gift a teacher…

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The Secret Sauce for a Happy Child

Positive and Negative Feedback Do you wonder what the key is to having happy children? Maybe you even wonder about the key to finding happiness in your own life? Turns out we don’t find happiness… it’s not even related to our circumstances.  Surprised? The Research on the Happiness Advantage In Shawn Achor’s  book, The Happiness Advantage, he…

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Parenting and the Word NO

The importance of learning the word: no One of the most important words, we as parents can learn to say is “no”.  I realize that I’m starting this post off on a rather negative note, and it’s certainly not my style, but it’s a hard lesson to learn and I was reminded of it just…

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