Give Your Child the World: How You Can Read Your Way Around the Globe this Summer

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I remember the day I headed out on my own.  No classmates.  No chaperones.  No host family.  I got on a bus and went into the city center.

Alone.

Looking back on it now with my anxious mother-eyes, I think it might have been a little crazy.  I’m quite certain my parents wouldn’t have been thrilled.  But it gave me a new perspective, even though it had all been right in front of me for weeks.

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There is Good in the World. And it’s Worth Fighting For.

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I’m not the biggest Lord of the Rings fan.  I’ll be honest right there.  It’s dark and stressful, and that’s just not my idea of a great time.

But since the trilogy’s release dates coincided with my birthday weekend for three years, I had the pleasure of consistently going to one of my husband’s favorite movies for my birthday.  (It’s OK, he happily sits through Pride and Prejudice and the like with me.)

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How a Baby with a Mustache Taught Me to Be a Better Parent

“I left a baby gift for you on your doorstep. It’s the perfect thing for a mom with four boys.”

My friend mentioned this to me casually as we both worked in our neighbor’s kitchen, preparing refreshments for a wedding.

The “impulsive three-year old” section of my brain wanted to drop what I was doing and immediately run next door to tear open this gift.  What could possibly be the perfect baby gift for a mom who had just had her fourth boy?  It was even more intriguing to me because this friend is an amazing mom herself.  She has seven children, and while I’m sure she has stories that would contradict my accounting, every one of them always seems so well-behaved, so kind, so creative, so smart, and so sweet.  She certainly knows a thing or two about motherhood, and so I hoped that this gift was some secret of the trade.  A talisman from my Jedi master.

The “responsible adult” section of my brain won out, and I helped out with food for a few more hours before making my way home to find a small wrapped box on my doorstep.  I slid my fingers through the tape and pulled out the box.

And started laughing immediately.

Here’s a look at what I found inside:

binky

That binky.  I laughed because it was hilarious, but I also laughed at myself for thinking the gift would be so serious. Continue reading

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Now What? Simple Steps for Advocacy from Rae Pica

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As I wrapped up the Read Along of Rae Pica’s book,  What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children’s Lives (affiliate link), I intended to do a typical Q&A follow up with Rae. 

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Time to Go! Smoothing Over Tricky Transitions

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You know the feeling.  You’ve finally settled into your groove.  You’re getting creative or tackling a project or just paying the bills.  You’ve found that sense of flow where things really start coming together.

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How Positive Parenting Shapes the Brain

Positive Guidance and the Brain

Q&A sessions can feel a little like an out of body experience.

You know, that sweaty palm feeling as your mind races around for just the right thing to say, while at the exact same moment you can still hear yourself talking about something else? That’s right about where I was when I was struck by a question that took me by surprise. Not because the question had been asked, but because no one had asked me that before.

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Intrinsic vs Extrinsic. How Do We Motivate Kids? :Read Along Section 9- What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

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Whether you’re a parent or an educator (or both!), child behavior is at the top of your concerns at some point in each day.  In the latest section of our read along series, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children’s Lives (affiliate link), Rae Pica explores several topics surrounding our adult approaches to managing child behavior.  She shares a key concept that is at the heart of what I teach about Positive Guidance : Continue reading

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Rigor in Early Education. “I do not think it means what you think it means.”: Read Along Section 8-What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

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You know that famous scene in The Princess Bride, when the legendary Spanish swordsman, Inigo Montoya, says, “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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