May
20
You Can Do It
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A friend and I took our four daughters on a long walk.  On the return trip, with a mile to go, my friend’s daughter declared that she had to use the bathroom and no, it couldn’t wait.  Immediately the girl was showered with suggestions from the group – knock on that door, go in the [...]

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Oct
17
Helping Kids Deal With Stress
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   “My teacher is mean. It’s going to be a terrible year.” “None of my friends are in my class.  I’m going to be alone.” “I don’t think I took the right classes to get into college (4 years from now.)  Like a tropical storm, the deluge of stressful thoughts made landfall as predicted in the [...]

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Jul
18
Words of Wisdom
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A kind word can change a life. Even when it seems as if children aren’t listening, they do value your expertise and rely on your support. One of the many priveleges I enjoy as a mother and an educator is the opportunity to impart wisdom to young people.  I’ve had a new opportunity to do [...]

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Mar
17
You are SO lucky!
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If you’ve followed me long enough, you know that I’m no fan of ‘luck.’  (Click here for a previous post on the subject.) Luck, in the traditional sense of the word, is a disempowering concept.  However, this St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to take the word less seriously and adopt a broader definition.  Let’s agree for a [...]

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Jan
26
Storm Clouds
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I stare out at the third snow storm in a week and am humbled by the fact that there is no control over Mother Nature.  Tempted to throw negativity at the incovenience  created by New England winter weather, I remind myself that I actually choose to live here.  Putting up with storms is part of [...]

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