Tips for Parents from the Classroom

I went to a teaching seminar today called Responsive Classroom. It is a teaching method that believes in building a teaching community that helps students understand the importance of self regulation to create a positive, calm and safe classroom environment. This is accomplished through enlisting the cooperation of  students rather than

Making A Difference

As usual, I’ve been reading the news and every time that I do, I vow that I am not going to do it again. Everyday there are more horrific stories about abuse and cruelty. It sometimes seems like the world has gone insane. There are times that I feel physically

Seven Proven Ways to Help Moms De-stress

It’s not that you don’t love being a Mom. But the constant demands, one meal after the next, the piles of wash, keeping everyone and the house clean (and often working as well), can eventually lead to stress. This can bring even the most positive Mom into the doldrums. So what’s a

The Most Precious Gift We Can Give

When I was a kid I saw the fancy ads for shiny, expensive toys; the play kitchens, the doll houses, the larger than life toys that all the kids wanted. But I never got them, not one of them. In fact, I had to give my parents all the money

Learning to Cope with Disappointment

Naturally a parent wants to shield his/her child from disappointment in life. So how do you give the right amount of discipline and love to ensure your child is healthy and balanced? Not an easy equation. Have you ever seen a 10 year old having a two-year old tantrum? Not a

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