What Can I Do about Sandy Hook Elementary School?

Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body. –       Elizabeth Stone And this is the very reason why the events of Sandy Hook Elementary School have shaken us all to the core. Because it is our very exposed heart …

The Joy of Giving

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu The holiday season is an ideal time to help children learn about the joy of giving. When parents teach children to think about their giving, it teaches critical skills in self awareness.  For example, the gift giver …

Gifts from the Heart

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. ― Mother Teresa Many of the major magazines are publishing gift guides with lots of smart ideas to make holiday shopping easy. That’s fine for presents that cost money but here are some ideas for gifts from the heart. They will not …

Waiting Games

I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom. –       Bob Hope Waiting can try the patience of the most even tempered adults. If you have to wait with children, it can be a downright painful or embarrassing experience as little ones grow bored quickly and can …

A Grateful State of Mind

If you worry and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings. –          Count your Blessings, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 1942 It’s true. People who think about what they are grateful for do sleep better at night. Psychologists have done research on gratefulness and found that it …

Boo! Common Fears and How to Help Children Deal with Them

Halloween is a perfect time to think about what scares us. It’s only human to have fears but there are healthy ways to approach them to ensure that they don’t paralyze you or your child. Certainly the way a parent handles a scary topic with their children impacts how the children will deal with that …

Is this School about Heart and Head?

An atmosphere that provides support for one’s social and emotional learning and competence versus one that does not can make a huge difference in a child’s life. The difference is equal to the difference in the outcome of throwing seeds on cement versus planting seeds in enriched soil. And what a difference that is!                                                                                 …

Cooling the Fire

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.                           – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Ahhh, family life! Being in a family means that all members will witness one another in the best and worst of times. …

The Story of Self

    Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. – Indian Proverb Understanding who they are is one of the greatest tasks of childhood. Kids love trying on costumes pretending to be super heroes, local heroes …