Tag Archives: Relationships

Storm Clouds in our Children’s Communities

It has been awhile since I’ve posted.  Suffice it to say that Life happened once again priorities shifted to give time to family.  I’m joyful in being able to be a part of an extended family who I can share … Continue reading

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How We Teach our Children to Scream

   “Is that normal?” Jed asked, his face was a mixture of horror and concern as he watched a little boy scream his way out of the park. I smiled.  I think it was a saddened smile of understanding.  I … Continue reading

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A Quiet Story of Struggle and Love

       A few days ago I watched as a rather angry young father berated his (4-year-old?) son about not rushing through the fast food parking lot without parental guidance.  Only, it wasn’t a loving parental command for safety, … Continue reading

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The Most Influential Teacher

I spent a whole career having the wonderful privilege of being with kids.  From baby to late teen, I was invited to share in their journey into adulthood.  Typical of my learning pattern, I kind of went at it backwards. … Continue reading

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Love’s Valentine May Not Be Chocolate

“Love is not simply giving, it is judiciously giving and judiciously withholding as well.  It is judicious agonizing, struggling, confronting, urging, pushing and pulling in addition to comforting.  It is leadership.  The word ‘judicious’ means requiring judgement, and judgement requires … Continue reading

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A Child’s Story: Dignity and Respect

Two of the most valuable resources we have:  Dignity and Respect.  One of my favorite stories goes like this: An eight-year-old girl was taken out her new classroom and questioned by a county social worker.  The school had become concerned … Continue reading

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Understanding Styles of Conflict Resolution

  February is quickly approaching.  That means that we are about to begin a month or more of kids being “prickly.”  If we place ourselves in a classroom, in the middle of February, it seems that life has become extremely … Continue reading

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