Thursday, December 26, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Another good book on this topic is Hands Are Not for Hitting
I-Care Cat hopes the students found a good place to hang their helping hands and caring hearts!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Me: "So....what part of our bodies do we use to listen to each other?"
Student: [with much enthusiasm] "With our hearts!"
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Blog @ AllergyHome.org
Disclaimer: I have not read every thing on it, nor am I promoting it necessarily...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Yes, I was a parent before the days of smart phones and cell phones (gasp!). We played with the children at the park, in the house, in the car. We pushed the swings from the back and sang about swinging to the moon. We pushed the swings from the front and talked about bagels, puppies, and Dragon Tales.
As our children grow, we will not be able to control them. We will want to be able to influence them. That influence will only come if we know them and they feel known by us. Let's put the cell phone on vibrate and put it in the back pocket. Let's give them our full attention. No text, no post, no email is quite as precious as those moments at the park.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Quiz: Make Sure You're Not Raising a Brat - Parenting.com
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Opening school is an exciting endeavor; with it the hopes and dreams of a new year and an opportunity to improve upon the year prior. For our family, this is a year of big transitions: one off to college and one onto high school. Thus my heart was especially full on Thursday as I drew chalk lines on which our new Kindergartners would line up. Reflecting on the past 13 years of being a parent in a public school...
That "stated mandated Kindergarten Screening" - well, I missed it with my first born, even though I was already in training to become a school counselor. We were off in Acton at a children's museum. I still feel a little guilty about it, but she ended up with a wonderful teacher.
On the topic of teachers, I learned to never listen to others' opinions about teachers through the grapevine. Instead I was to trust that my children will learn to learn from all kinds of teachers. When they enter the world of work, they will need to work for all kinds of supervisors. Therefore, I was to help them figure out how to be successful with all types of matches.
Every time I got a call from the school, I was sure one of them was en route to children's hospital! None of those calls compared to the one I had to make because a girl was physically hurting one of my daughters - the kind of hurt that leaves a mark on her skin. I learned to never call angry, to never send an email angry, to never show up at school emotional. I have drafted plenty of emotional emails, but am always glad twenty-four hours later that I did not send them. I would have been embarrassed. Besides, it was important to remember that the someone on the receiving end of my emails and phone calls is also a person.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,”
(Plato, or Philo of Alexandra, or the 1898 Christmas edition of The British Weekly"
Here's off to a year of kindness and growth to all~
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Perfect video to help teachers keep on keeping on during this homestretch!
Some of my favorite parts:
- 1:00 the value and importance of human connections
- 2:20 evoking Stephen Covey
- 2:55 on apologizing to kids and their response
- 3:30 we are chosen to be together for the year
- 3:38 "I was some body when I came, I will be a better somebody when I leave (this class)"
- 4:30 on grading: a +2 instead of a -18
and the rest - about the legacy of relationships . . . "we are born to make a difference."
Saturday, April 20, 2013
- Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times from NASP (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Events from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
In a few short months, our oldest will be at college. The memories of those ordinary days sustain me now as I prepare for the imminent separation. So if your child asks you to play this morning, please ignore the phone and the to-do list, get on the ground and enter his/her world for a while. Those are the moments I cherish as I wait for the thud upstairs to signal that the teenagers are up~
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I love the LED lamp design challenge at Nueva School in Hillsborough, California described in What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? | MindShift. I have wondered about asking students to observe and identify social problems in school and help craft solutions for them. We need better problem identifiers and solvers to run this world when we are old!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
We don't teach programming at our elementary school yet. I hope we do someday. Being able to break down thought processes and manipulate the pieces is crucial for problem solving, project managing, etc. I remember my daughter learning a little HTML because she wanted to design something on NeoPets; that hobby developed her thinking and enhanced her confidence. Wouldn't it be great if we could expose our children to a little computational thinking? Any good April vacation or summer camps out there?
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Parenting.com's recommendations for books about love. Books About Love – Childrens Books - Parenting.com. Velveteen Rabbit is a favorite for our family. So is this one even though it did not make the list. This book does a good job of honoring the boy for who he is and showing the narrator's unconditional love. If we wish to be able to influence our children, to guide them through life, unconditional love is the link that will enable us to do just that.
Monday, February 4, 2013
It did get me thinking though about advise for our daughters. Perhaps they should do projects with their significant others before making any permanent decisions, you know, just to see if they work well together. Projects seem to be what people do so much of nowadays. We could administer the Myers-Briggs or the Compass Protocol to assess the match in their personalities or work approaches. Or they could each marry her best friend and figure it out from there. After all, if we knew too much about each other, or if we knew too much of what was to come, perhaps very few would take the leap.
As we approach Valentine's Day, let's celebrate the leaps of faith (or hope) many have taken. Let's also remember that a marriage is about two people finding their way through projects, sometimes parenting, and almost always painful times. As a wise woman (a lovely Mrs. Tapia) once told me, when the children are launched, only the two of us will remain. Let's always be building our marriages with that in mind.
Parents and guardians sometimes asks about finding "good" clinicians for their children. In the February 4th, 2013 Boston Globe Article "Finding the best therapist can be confusing", Patricia Wen explains the reality of looking for the right counselor. In summary - it is advisable to always start with the primary care physician, to rule out any medical issues which may be related to the concerns. Determining what the family's insurance will pay for is also important. Sometimes, it takes calling a few names down the list before a family will find someone who has an opening for a new client. But perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle is whether the child and his/her family connect with the clinician. I often explain to families that just because one counselor is very effective with a particular child, it does not guarantee that (s)he is a good match for theirs.
Caregivers: Who they are and what they do" is super informative. Please take the time to read both! Thank you Ms. Wen!