Category Archives: Connection and love

Building Family Ties with Traditions

Family traditions are behaviors that we engage in again and again: regular rituals that are performed at the same time, in the same way. They are done with a specific purpose and are practiced with thought and intention. Traditions strengthen … Continue reading

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Gratitude and Appreciation for Teachers

Research tells us that the more adults feel and show gratitude, the happier and healthier they are. Children who express gratitude tend to be kinder and more empathetic. But what is gratitude? A definition from Psychology Today states “gratitude is … Continue reading

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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.
2) Do the family activity. Continue reading

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