I’m Bored…or Not

"I'm bored!" If I had a dime for every parent who told me his or her son or daughter needed to be moved to a different classroom because his or her child was bored and not being challenged", I would…

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Class Climate Quotient

How's the quality of your CCQ? [Class Climate Quotient] When we walk into a room, we get an immediate feel for the climate. As students enter classrooms at the beginning of the school year their emotional radars are on high…

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The Power of an Interaction

If you want to examine the dynamic of a relationship, study communication patterns and interactions. Watching just one exchange between two individuals can provide much insight into the health of that relationship. As a husband and parent, I consider this…

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The Final Countdown

It's the final countdown. Of course, many teachers are already back, but at least for students, the countdown until the start of school has begun. Remember what it was like purchasing school supplies? buying new clothes? finding out who your…

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20 Years and Counting

Amazing how things turn out and rarely the way we expect. In the middle of commotion we have difficulty seeing the long-term implications of our actions at that moment. When our boys were younger it seemed like our goal was…

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Habitual Parenting

Alas, Matthieu has returned to college for his final year. Had to repost this from last summer, as the information still holds true. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The older I get, the more I realize how important the role of rituals play in…

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RIP, Juan Pablo

To everything there is a season. Following in the great footsteps of Freddie the Leaf and the Velveteen Rabbit, Juan Pablo the Chameleon has moved on to a lusher rainforest in the sky. I attribute his passing to the natural…

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Insignificant? You Betcha.

When frustrated we often get hijacked by crazy. Emotional survival takes over and our reactions get the best of us. Parents, now that our children are ever-present during the summer months, don't let the walls close in and cause you…

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