161+ Positive Affirmations for Kids

161+ Positive Affirmations for Kids

Parents, teachers, and other caregivers in children’s lives worry a great deal about encouraging kids and teens self esteem and to help them build healthy self-images. One great way to do that is through the use of positive affirmations. What Are Positive Affirmations for Kids? Positive affirmations can be beneficial for everyone. According to Positive…

Inspiring Classroom Quotes To Keep Students Motivated

Inspiring Classroom Quotes To Keep Students Motivated

Classroom quotes can inspire, be funny, motivate, teach, and make children think about the meaning of words; it can change kids’ lives. We created a list of inspiring classroom quotes for all grades. Many are from famous people and many ideas you’ve seen on classroom wall posters before. We grouped the classroom quotes into categories…

Learning from Mistakes – To Grow and Thrive

Learning from Mistakes – To Grow and Thrive

Making mistakes isn’t as bad as you think; there is a lot to gain when you are prepared to learn from the error. Mistakes have double benefits. Learning from mistakes is one, and fixing the error is the second benefit. If you spill coffee because you were walking too fast, you can wipe the spilled…

Teaching Children To Cope With Uncertainty In Their Lives

Teaching Children To Cope With Uncertainty In Their Lives

No matter how organized you are and how much you’ve planned the day, you can’t control everything and everyone. Something always happens that you didn’t expect; sometimes, it’s a small thing other times it turns your world upside down. People, adults, and children need to deal with uncertainty daily; it’s part of life, and it…

27 Lessons Parents Need To Teach Their Children For Success

27 Lessons Parents Need To Teach Their Children For Success

The most important teacher for a child is a parent.  While kids are always watching and learning from your actions, sometimes we forget that they also need to be actually taught lessons – explicitly! For instance, a recent poll indicated only 54% of millennial dads know how to reset a tripped circuit breaker.  While my…

Why The Brain Loves Practice

Why The Brain Loves Practice

Traffic moves faster on a superhighway than a gravel road with potholes. Which road would you prefer to travel? If you are like most people, you would take the faster route. It’s the same for the human brain – and mindful repetition ends up being the construction workers of our minds. The brain loves practice…

THE NO GOOD, LAZY CHEATERS GUIDE TO SCHOOL

THE NO GOOD, LAZY CHEATERS GUIDE TO SCHOOL

     In boxing, it’s called The Walk-Away.  As a kid, I was attracted to this easy stunt.  It required a little under-stated showmanship on my part, and I immersed myself into the role.  After the ref pulled the two of you apart from some sweaty clench, you drop your hands and start to walk back…

Creating Healthy Boundaries In Relationships

Creating Healthy Boundaries In Relationships

Having boundaries is perhaps the most common skill I teach to clients as a clinical therapist. In our childhood we learn that sharing is caring, we learn about the golden rule (doing unto others as you would want them to do unto you) and we learn that it is important to be a good Samaritan. We,…

Critical Reading, Crazy Eyes, and Small Claims Court

Critical Reading, Crazy Eyes, and Small Claims Court

“It’s Friday.  I got that reading class next.  But all we do on Fridays is watch Judge Judy.”  This was followed by a small flurry of fist bumps.  I once overheard that during snack.  One of my many grand cons was taking shape.  I am constantly conjuring up my best P.T. Barnum.  Let’s be honest…

Letting Go Of Parental Guilt

Letting Go Of Parental Guilt

Have you ever wanted to eliminate the feelings of guilt you carry around as a parent? When my daughter was born, I spent the first 12 months of her life racked with feelings of guilt and inadequacies. Was I looking after her well enough? Was she healthy? Was she happy? Would she be OK if…

Moderate to Severe Developmental Disability: Eight Essential Skills for Living

Moderate to Severe Developmental Disability: Eight Essential Skills for Living

Most evaluation tools and curricula arrange skills according to the way a typical child might acquire them. Essential for Living by Patrick McGreevy, PhD BCBA-D et al takes a different approach. They group skills into categories of “must-have,” “should-have,” “good-to-have,” and “nice-to have.” This instrument also identifies deficits in functional skills that might be the…

Learning…is connection, rooted in relationship

Learning…is connection, rooted in relationship

The work of the brain at birth is to begin laying down an internal infrastructure of language that enables the child to make sense of the outside world, preparing her for her ultimate purpose—which is to connect. Watch the drive to connect in action in three month old Piper’s focused alertness and vocalization as her daddy reads The Hungry Caterpillar to…

7 Tips For Improving Your Memory In 2018

7 Tips For Improving Your Memory In 2018

No matter if you are in the classroom, the storeroom or the boardroom, there’s always a benefit from improving your memory.  Quicker and deeper recall of people, places, events and information can help improve your life in many ways. On the flip side, a decline in memory skills can make life more challenging. We’ve put…

Digital Demystification: Real life has no filters

Digital Demystification: Real life has no filters

In this digital age, we are now faced with the tyranny of overwhelming choice. Challenges certainly arise with such a plentiful bounty of options to choose from whilst sifting mindlessly via the screen. The unavoidable thought at the back of one’s mind, whilst meeting new people, is how to know when to stop searching if…

A Marcos Attitude

A Marcos Attitude

“You know what you need this morning?”  Groggy-eyed, a boy more than likely suffering from the effects of a late-night gaming binge, nods.  He still gets my reference.  “Let me hear you say it,” I tell him. “I need a Marcos attitude.”  Kids chuckle, no one more than Marcos.  It’s quite a feat, really.  To…

Less Attitude.  More Gratitude.

Less Attitude. More Gratitude.

“Tell her, daddy.  She knows it’s coming,” my oldest said.  Of course, it’s coming.  See, there is a bumper sticker quality to some of my parenting.  There are the standards. “Choose very few battles, but never lose.” “It costs you nothing to be kind.” And this gem they were both waiting for.  My youngest looked…

Butterfly UP

Butterfly UP

The words resonated with me as a friend and I were discussing how hard it can be to embrace our true selves.  It is easy to lose sight of who we are when we are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us who we should be and how we should act.  Unlike the caterpillar’s fixed…

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