Oct
26
What Are You Good At?
Filed Under (Something To Think About)

If you ask a class full of Kindergarten students, “How many of you can draw?”, they will all raise their hands.  If you ask the same question to a 7th grade class, you may get one or two affirmative responses.  If everyone could draw at 5 years old, why are they unable to draw at 12 [...]

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Yesterday I was treated to a performance by tween and teen guitarists.  The instructor refused to call it a recital because it sounded ‘too formal.’   He also told his students to ‘wear what you’re comfortable in.’  Even though this was our first guitar recital, I should have guessed that this would not be the kind [...]

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Oct
12
Fear of Missing Something
Filed Under (parenting tips)

When I was a young girl I would watch my grandmother as she sat in front of the television to catch the midday news.  The predictable look of pain on her face disturbed me.  Inevitably, she would start crying.  One day I said, “Grammy, if you get so upset watching the news, why do you [...]

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Following a discussion about preteen stress, my 11-yr old daughter looked at her 5-year old sister and said, “I feel so bad that she’ll have to learn about grownup stuff some day.  She’s so oblivious and happy now.”  My tween was reflecting on her own recent transition to a broader awareness. When girls enter tweenhood, [...]

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