Category: Education

  • How Often Do You Use “Just” in your Communication?

    Here is a little food for thought with an invitation to notice how often and why you use the word “just” when communicating with others and even with yourself. I have had a few conversations about this with colleagues and we commented on how including “just” in our wording seems to be a part of…

  • Where Are You on This Continuum?

    I was recently discussing a trend with a colleague regarding people and organizations who declare themselves Trauma-Informed, sometimes only as a result of attending a workshop here or there. In our opinion, to be truly trauma-informed requires a great deal more study than that. I think this can lead us to a discussion around a…

  • The Power of Beliefs

    This past week I reread a few books that I found to be very powerful in years past and wanted to refresh my memory on some of the key points in each. A favorite of mine is The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles by Bruce Lipton, Ph D.  This is a book filled with powerful information and images based on…

  • The “Forgetting Curve”

    I am a big advocate of personal and professional growth—my own and promoting growth in others. For decades I have written all kinds of curriculum to invite people to become more aware of a given topic, gain understanding, learn skills, change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors and integrate all these into their own personal internal system…

  • Homework Woes

    On her Facebook page, a friend recently posted information from a website about some of the dilemmas parents face around homework. Here is the link to that site. [https://www.handinhandparenting.org/2017/08/child-doesnt-want-to-do-homework/ ] Now that school is in full force for many children and therefore parents, issues can arise around homework. Sometimes homework can lead to full-blown battles.…

  • The Importance of Helping Kids Learn Social Skills

    I recently came across some research that shows how important it is for kids to learn social skills. It stressed how significanct their social abilities – from kindergarten through high school – can be in relation to their successes later in life. Social skills, which also can be called social intelligence, involve abilities to interact…

  • Legalizing Abuse? How Can We Expect to Stop Violence?

    Recently someone shared the following link from Fox News with me containing the headline “Texas School District Approves Paddling for Misbehaving Students.” The article begins with the following: “Officials at a Texas school district have approved a controversial new disciplinary practice on students: paddling. The Three Rivers Independent School board of trustees in South Texas…

  • What Children Really Need to Succeed in School

    Journalist Paul Tough wrote a powerful book in 2012 that described his research on what helps children succeed in school, especially in the early grades. [How Children Succeed] I think the following quoted section speaks for itself: Tools of the Mind, a relatively new kindergarten in prekindergarten curriculum that was created by two educators in…

  • Parents and Children Seeing Eye to Eye: The Power of Your Gaze

    Have you ever noticed how romantic novels often include descriptions of lovers gazing into each other’s eyes? How often do we notice someone may be saying something with a straight face but have a little twinkle in their eyes that gives away their real feelings? Or eyes that flash with anger even if the person otherwise…