Find The Balance

Just a word of caution for all you teachers: Your work is not your home. Your job should not be your life. I may be stating the obvious, but often times, in an attempt to do our job well, we…

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A Place To Call Home

It seems as if Juan Pablo the Chameleon is Movin’ on Up.  (Cue the theme song from The Jeffersons.)  Yesterday, we decided to upgrade Juan Pablo’s living quarters, as he was quickly outgrowing his original one.  As I transitioned him…

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My Mind Is My Weapon

This weekend, I came face-to-face with the realization that teachers make a huge difference.  I am stating the obvious, but sometimes we need reality to slap us in the face, lest we forget. It has been a busy few days…

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Habitual Parenting

The older I get, the more I realize how important the role of rituals play in parenting.  It’s true.  We are all creatures of habit and I believe the early interactional patterns parents establish with their children can be a…

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Don't Make Me Laugh

Ah, yes.  One day I will look back at this and laugh.  So, why can’t that be today?  Ever find yourself just a wee bit frustrated, while those around you (usually children) are terribly amused?  Of course, this only adds…

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The Road to Interdependence

Relationships are complicated, and interesting all the same. It seems when interacting with others, we dance between periods of dependence [I need you] and independence [I need to do this myself, so step away]. Of course, our ultimate goal is…

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Lighten Up

Feelings are normal – and what you do with those feelings can say a lot about both who you are as a person, as well as what you value. When stressed, people often say and do things they shouldn’t. This…

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Teacher-Dads

Dads, today I celebrate you as teachers. In fact, I believe it is one of your most important roles. Fathers are always teaching, mostly by example, and most of the time without even knowing they are doing so. In this…

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