Thankful

So much for which to be thankful... As a parent, it is easy to see all the flaws, mistakes and problems of our children. After all, our natural inclination is to "fix" them. Here is the problem - When we…

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Choose Wisely

"Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire." Yes - How sad that this was the first thing I heard on the radio this morning. Welcome to Election Day. As an observer of human behavior, I found this election season to be quite…

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Traditions

Traditions are powerful. They can ground and connect individuals by providing a routine and sense of purpose. Personally, I believe the best traditions are rooted in deep relationships. I was reminded of this last weekend when I took a break…

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Step Back

This weeks revelation - When we own the solution, we own the problem. Parents, give it up. Too often, in an attempt to help our children by guiding, encouraging, recommending and coercing, we end up carrying the burden of their…

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Words Matter

Words matter. What we say not only sends a message to others about our beliefs and values, but also about the type of person we are. Is that helpful or hurtful? Will that pull people up or push them down?…

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Feeling Connected?

Community matters. Its true. We all have a need to belong. When we are part of a group, we are afforded both common rituals and a sense of connectedness. Beyond an education, this is what a classroom or school community…

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Time Flies

If time flies when youre having fun, then it is reasonable to believe time virtually stands still when dealing with the difficult behaviors of others. At moments like these, I try to remember, There, for the grace of God, go…

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I’m Engaged!

Now that the start of school is in our rearview mirror, teachers must closely examine instructional practices. Around this time, attention spans begin to wane, and interest in routine assignments drops. This can be a breeding ground for poor behavior…

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Worrywart

Stop being such a worrywart. Seriously. Though I don't have the research to back it up, I hear over 85% of the things we worry about never come to pass. And I'd venture to say most of that 85% are…

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