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Children who make statements like these are usually encountering behavior styles that are different from theirs, and hence puzzling to them. Much joy is blocked when children don’t understand why people behave as they do.

Published in Children/Parenting
Saturday, 07 March 2009 13:33

Paradise Interrupted

cancunHow I turned my mind from disgust to appreciation and my paradise interrupted into paradise reclaimed. 

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Cancun, Mexico. Mile after mile of fine white sand, stretching as far as I can see in two directions. Some of it is lodged firmly between my toes as I look out at the indescribable turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico.

Published in Children/Parenting

...just knowing there is a neurological reason for repetitive questions can make it easier to handle as a parent...Oh the joys of parenthood! The struggle to perfect a morning routine so every family member arrives to their destination, fed, clothed, and prepared for their day, can be exhausting. Morning chaos is especially challenging for children with sensory processing difficulties. With the clock ticking, you hear, "Mom, are these my shoes?" Exasperated you think, "Of course they are your shoes! You wear them every day! How could you not know these are your shoes?

Published in Children/Parenting
Monday, 01 January 2007 09:22

The Drama within the Drama

kids...when one of my students makes a mistake, I rejoice. It gives me an exciting opportunity to help all my students learn to become more effective human beings.The annual Board of Education dinner was running smoothly. The meal was hot, tasty, and filling. Entertainment, provided by the high school's drama club, consisted of a short play acted by several juniors and seniors. It was intended to be light and lively, leaving the audience entertained and amused. It didn't work out that way.

Published in Children/Parenting
Tuesday, 27 June 2006 10:46

See One, Do One, Teach One

kids-educateMaximum learning results when the learner goes through all three of these activities. If you want your children to learn and retain a new skill or concept, what way of teaching that skill or concept do you think works best? Look over these teaching strategies and pick the one you think would have the greatest impact on retention.

Published in Children/Parenting
Monday, 01 May 2006 18:09

A Defining Moment

teacher-mistakeWhat are those around you learning from your reactions to your mistakes? 

In Anchorage, Alaska, a first-year teacher made a spelling error on the board. And a well-intentioned student pointed out the mistake. At the moment, the rookie educator probably didn't realize that this event firmly connected her to all teachers everywhere. No teacher has escaped this defining moment. How a teacher handles this important event can set the tone for the rest of the school year.

Published in Children/Parenting
Thursday, 09 March 2006 16:11

Parent Talk: You're A Car!

kid-your-a-car...you can control how you talk to yourself, regarding what others say to you.

Matt, age six, came into the house crying hysterically. Tears flowed down his cheeks and he couldn't catch his breath. I put him on my lap and held him close. His breathing slowed as I rubbed his back, but the tears continued.

What's wrong," I asked, as I continued to rub his back.

"Randy," he blurted out between sobs

"Randy hit you?" 

Published in Children/Parenting
Thursday, 24 March 2005 06:11

Charity Begins at Home

boy-with-tray"Mom, we've got to have a family meetingand vote. We need to send our charity money to the children right away." 

Those excited words were uttered by eight-year-old Madison Willow, who was moved to action by viewing the tragic outcomes resulting from the recent Asian tsunami. Madison, like millions of people from around the world, had been touched by the suffering, loss, and grief of the survivors she saw on TV.

Published in Children/Parenting
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