Category Archives: Connection and love

Gratitude and Appreciation for Parents

With Thanksgiving almost upon us it is the season for gratitude. Gratitude is a difficult concept to teach, particularly with toddlers and preschoolers, who by the nature of their development are self-centered. However, as parents, we still need to start … Continue reading

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Back to School Already?

As parents, we often feel like we are still in the middle of enjoying summer, when we are drawn in to thinking about ‘Back To School’ by the, advertisements for fall clothes, backpacks, school supplies, etc, as soon as August … Continue reading

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Getting Started on the Almost Perfect School Year

As educators, August is a time to begin letting go of summer and start preparing for the new school year. What do you and your students need to make this year the best one ever? What would your classroom, and … Continue reading

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It’s Not Fair!

I’m guessing that I’m probably not the only parent that has heard the complaint “It’s not fair!” from one of my children and recognized that there was some truth in your child’s words. What do you say to a child who has an internal justice meter tightly woven just beneath the skin? Continue reading

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Beginning Family Meetings – Part 2

You’ve been courageous to start something new. You’ve done a couple weeks of compliments at the dinner table or another time and now you’ll add some structure.

There are two projects for this week:
1) Have a short family meeting (15 minutes) in which everyone gives compliments and together you plan a short family activity.
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Beginning Family Meetings

One of the most treasured books in my library is the collection of notes we took at family meetings. It is an archive of family history. To some it might look like a list of problems: the kids grieving about something that we did as parents, the problem of how chores would get done (over and over again), one kid complaining his or her sibling. But what I see when I look at the book is handwriting that grows up, art that the scribe put on the page while they were patiently waiting for the meeting to proceed and a story of how our family learned to live together using meetings as a regular routine: a small sanctuary in our life to share genuine appreciations, to celebrate, plan, and solve problems respectfully. Continue reading

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Weaving Threads of Resilience

Stories. What do stories have to do with resilience? The stories we know about ourselves and the stories we know about our family make a big difference. Our sense of connection to our inter-generational family helps us moderate the impact of stress.
Weaving your own family narrative, it turns out, may not only increase the resilience and happiness in your own family but may mean that your family may thrive for generations to come.

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