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

 

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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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Looking for More STEM? Here’s How You Actually Inspire Your Child’s Mind

Girls and STEM

There’s so much I like about Verizon’s new “Inspire Her Mind” commercial (seen below and here), but something about it left me feeling unsettled.

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TinkerLab DrawBot: Simple STEM Fun for Kids!

Draw Bot

This may be my “Cool, Mom!” highlight of the summer!

And it only cost about $5 in parts!

After reading about the Draw Bot in Rachelle Doorley’s inspiring book, TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors(*affiliate link), I knew that needed to by my boys’ first stop on this TinkerLab ride!

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 6: Bad Words, Polite Words, and Lies

 

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Saying sorry.  Swearing and potty talk.  Little lies and full blown deception.

These may seem like lighter topics than some of the others we’ve covered in Heather Shumaker’s book, It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids (*affiliate), but in reality they’re often big, hot-button issues for many parents and teachers.

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Weekend Reads: 6.22.14 — HOP for HOPE

HOP for HOPE

We all have them.  Those moments when we realize we’ve taken some of life’s most miraculous moments for granted.  I’ve been blessed to bring home four healthy baby boys.  Fairly uneventful beyond the profound wonder that is birth.

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