Jul
31

I bought my tween son a drum set.     <Pause for condolences> Based on my somber mood as I drove to the store, you might have thought my beloved dog had died.  I fought the good fight in my head, listing all the reasons I shouldn’t be making this purchase.  Visions of money being flushed [...]

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Jul
29
She’s Not As Mature As You Think
Filed Under (tweens)

These days my daughter is looking more like a teen than a tween.  She’s catapulted into junior clothes sizing which is essentially the same as a small adult.  Her physical appearnace tricks me into treating her as older than her chronological age. I became acutely aware of this while driving in the car recently.  My daughter [...]

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      I asked this question to my tween son in an attempt to relate to his current interests.  My reward for asking was more valuable than I could have guessed. His reply was, “Hans Solo, Chewbacca, or Yoda.”  The explanation for his choices was that all three characters were “laid back.”  BINGO!  My son was recognizing [...]

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Jul
24
Search and Rescue
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Reaching into the depths of my couch cushions feels frighteningly similar to accepting a dare from my older sister in childhood.  It’s the kind of dare where you had to close your eyes, stick out your hands and your tongue, and hope that Mom or Dad would come running if you felt the need to scream.  [...]

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Jul
21
Who is your hero?
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This is a question asked repeatedly of students.  Why?  Because it exposes a person’s values.  Heros are simply magnified examples of personal success.  Generally, students will choose a person of great fame and fortune simply because of their visibility.  Try following up this question with another:  “What personal strengths make this person a hero?  What [...]

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