Helping Kids Develop Good Friendships

I thought once we were past the sleepless nights and just the pure physical exhaustion of the early parenting years, maybe, just maybe, things would be smooth sailing (at least until the kids became teenagers). Yeah, that didn’t happen. While I won’t say I long for those times, waking up every two hours for multiple…

Healthy Competition = Competing Against Yourself

After watching my kids try to skewer each other on the walk home from school, each desperate to beat the other in a “race, I began to think I need to teach them about healthy competition. Even though I get annoyed with the “everybody gets a trophy” to protect self-esteem philosophy (which a lot of…

How Do You Teach Genuine Gratitude?

At the beginning of November, in the lead up to Thanksgiving, my daughter’s school had students focus on “saying thanks” through various crafts and activities. My daughter seemed to embrace the concept, writing sweet things like she’s thankful for her family and her best friend at school. And then, she received a very kind Thanksgiving…

The Missing Piece of Digital Education

When I recently volunteered in my daughter’s classroom, we did a fun little craft where we water painted coffee filters to serve as turkey feathers for an art project. In the midst of this old-school learning type craft, I looked up and found myself surrounded by kids on computers, typing away contentedly like deeply embedded…

The Upside of Boredom

No one likes to be bored. It’s boring. Mercifully, most of us no longer have to deal with that problem thanks to smartphones and tablets, etc., etc. Never again must we twiddle thumbs listlessly with nothing to do during life’s dullest moments. Instead, the internet and our favorite apps can rescue us from those tedious…