Six Ways You’re (Unintentionally) Telling Kids NOT to Listen

You're Telling Kids Not to Listen

Learning to be a good listener is a critical skill.  Kids need to learn to be active listeners (here’s how I teach it in the classroom) and adults need to remember to be good listeners too.  But there are also things we do as we speak to children that may increase or lessen the likelihood that children will actually be listening.

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Weekend Reads 9.5.14

Field and Sky

Whew.

This past summer has been a crazy one for us.  My better half spent the summer a few states away, and this past week the rest of us finally came to join him.  We’re enjoying a somewhat accidental experiment in minimalism as we spend the next few months in a furnished rental with only the things we could fit in one minivan (while still squeezing in 6 passengers) and some bonus crevices in my in-laws’ truck.  Fingers crossed, we’ll have a home built around around New Year’s, and we can finally settle in after about 18 months of transition.

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Standing Up for Children and Childhood: If Not YOU, Then Who?

if not you then who

A week ago I had the tremendous pleasure of being a keynote speaker at Arkansas State University’s ECE conference.  I met some absolutely wonderful people there and had a fantastic experience getting to know many people and seeing childhood from their eyes.

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How to Pull it Together When You’re Parenting on Empty

Empty

It’s been said that the days are long, but the years are short.

I try to focus on the fact that the years are short.  My fourth little guy is wearing out the footies in the pajamas I thought my oldest would never be big enough to fit into.  These years are passing so quickly, and I want to drink up every moment with my family.

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 7: Sensitive Subjects

sex ed

Sex Ed for preschoolers?

The thought makes people squirm.  But I’m not talking about formal, public school sex ed.  I’m talking about what kids learn about their bodies, relationships, and sexuality and how that knowledge progresses, beginning in early childhood — or even before!

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Photography and Self Care

Self Care Through Photography

I’m pleased to share another piece from Beryl Ayn Young, a talented teacher and photographer.  As I know many of my readers are using photography either personally or professionally as a tool for documentation, I’m always happy to share Beryl’s work.  The focus for this latest course particularly caught my attention:  Photography as a form of  self-care. 

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What Are You Reading? Not Just Cute Book List Additions

Book List

If you haven’t been over to my Book List lately, you may want to hop over and take a peek!  There are a few new additions of books I’ve found fascinating and inspiring, and I want to share a few of them with you here.

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Perspective: A Powerful Tool for Challenging Behaviors

 

Perspective 2

I couldn’t help but think about parents and teachers who love and teach children with challenging behaviors as I drove along the hills behind my childhood home this past weekend.

I even got out and took a picture.

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