Simple Ways to Honor the Value of Service and Martin Luther King, Jr.

  I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr. What would the world be like if we all held a dream for peace, equality …

“If…,” A Video Game that Teaches Social and Emotional Skills

Confident Parents, Confident Kids author Jennifer Miller has written the first blog article for a brand new video game being developed by gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins (founder of Electronic Arts) and Chief Learning Officer and Co-founder Jessica Berlinski formerly of GameDesk and Character Counts. Slated for launching in late January, this game entitled “If…” will teach social …

Citizen Kid

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. — Nelson Mandela “How’s my little buddy doing?” says Butcher Keith as my son giggles and hides behind my legs. …

Holiday Family Meetings

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives. – Anthony Robbins Have you ever worked for an organization in which you called your work colleagues friends or “family”? I have had that great fortune several times and in those cases, I have always looked forward to staff …

The Hidden Halloween Treat

THE GHOST OF A FLOWER “You’re what?” asked the common or garden spook Of a stranger at midnight’s hour. And the shade replied with a graceful glide, “Why, I’m the ghost of a flower.” “The ghost of a flower?” said the old-time spook; “That’s a brand-new one on me; I never supposed a flower had …

Mine, Yours and Ours

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” –          Buddha No child enters their preschool or even early elementary school years having perfected the art of sharing. As parents, we are eternally frustrated by the “this is …

Making New Friends

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one. – C.S. Lewis Whether your child is starting the year in a brand new school or returning to a school community, there is an opportunity to make connections with new friends. Friendships at …

Junior Teacher

The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is him/herself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow. – Paulo Freire The beginning of the school year presents an opportunity to get a fresh start with …

Let the Games Begin!

If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative. –          Author Unknown A few weeks ago, a reader wrote in that she was hoping to find resources for quick social skills games that she could teach her kids to play. Thanks Shannon for the inspiration for …

Working It Out

Try to see it my way, only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong While you see it your way, there’s a chance that we may fall apart before too long. We can work it out. We can work it out. –          We Can Work It Out, The Beatles[i] If you …

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