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Top 5 Alternative Holiday Gifts!

Top 5 Alternative Holiday Gifts!

Gift-Giving Made Meaningful The holidays: countless trips to the mall, gift wish lists lengthening by the minute, piles of wrapping paper, and frantic rushing to get it all done! While the holidays can be filled with precious family memories, many of us find ourselves...

Responsibility: How to Teach It to Your Kids!

Responsibility: How to Teach It to Your Kids!

Teaching Responsibility Matters! “I forgot my homework folder at home.” “I forgot to bring my lunch today.” “I forgot a coat to wear for recess.” I might hear any number of these from my students on a typical teaching day. Children are still learning to be...

How to Create Engaging Family Dinner Discussions

How to Create Engaging Family Dinner Discussions

Special Family Time with Dinner Discussions Some of my best memories as a child include sitting around the dinner table with my siblings and parents, sharing about our days and laughing over a meal. Knowing I had this precious family time each night was an anchor for...

Conflict Resolution for Kids

Conflict Resolution for Kids

Why Teach Conflict Resolution? When I first became a teacher, I felt overwhelmed when my students were in conflict. I thought I needed to help them resolve the issue peacefully, so I would sit with them, intervene, and monitor them. The problem with this approach was,...

How to Teach Kids About Feelings

How to Teach Kids About Feelings

Why Feelings Matter As a child, I sometimes felt that if I expressed a “negative” emotion, I would seem ungrateful or be thought of as a complainer. As I grew older, I strived to be positive and upbeat, often minimizing my more difficult emotions. The problem is, you...