March 2011

Lessons in Kindness Can Also Help Lessen Bullying

March 31, 2011

Years ago before I had kids, I worked at a college counseling center as one of my internships on the way to becoming a clinical psychologist.  The following year I interned at a mental health center which served many similar twenty-something clients.  I so enjoyed working with this group of people and took away many […]

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Teaching Kids Persistence

March 25, 2011

All three of our kids play soccer on local teams.  Early on Todd and I chose soccer as a sport to start with in our family mostly because it requires you to run hard.  With three active kids living in a small home, energy expended in an activity is a vital consideration. Now that the […]

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Adding Joy

March 17, 2011

I’ve read in a number of places that if you want to rediscover the things you truly love to do, recall what you loved to do as a 10 or 11 year-old. At this age I was doing a lot of gymnastics, probably spending as much time upside down as right side up on any […]

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Starting at a New School

March 11, 2011

My friend Maria is moving her second grade daughter, Tina, to a new school next year.  She thinks this school will be a better fit for Tina in the long run, but she’s worried about how Tina’s transition will go. Maria recently asked me, “Will you write an article on helping kids make big transitions […]

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Negotiating with Kids

March 3, 2011

My sister’s favorite class at business school was a negotiation course taught by a guy named Stuart Diamond.  She said one of the lessons she gleaned from his class was never to give up on a negotiation.  There’s always a creative way to solve a thorny problem. When my sister learned Diamond had written up […]

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