Category Archives: Teaching Social/Emotional Skills

Teaching Kids Persistence

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 … Continue reading

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Homemade Gifts and The Green Triangle

As I write this I am just a few days past the valentine making-phase I go through each year with our kids.  This year, since our oldest is in middle school, only Annie and Daniel made valentines for their classmates. … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids About Microfinance

For Christmas this year, Todd’s sister, Annie, gave each of my kids a $25 gift certificate to Kiva, an online microfinance organization.  Ever since I discovered Kiva it has been one of my favorite, inspirational nonprofits. Sometimes when I’m having … Continue reading

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Paying Kids for Failing: A Backward Reward System That Worked for Me

My stepfather, Dan, passed away last June and I dearly miss him. The most recent reason is that he was the person I’d phone first when I’d failed at something. Dan entered my life when I was 9 and heavily … Continue reading

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Boys Babysitting: Kim Was Right.

Last autumn, we were at our local park with our neighbor, Kim and her children, Jessie (3) and Ben (4).  It was one of those outings which unfolded smoothly (no screaming, no bleeding, no excluding).  Little Jessie informed my 11 … Continue reading

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Teaching Children to be Grateful

I dread the school Book Fair!  Three times a year some company sends our elementary school a sort of “Book Fair in a box” which is set up in our library. I realize these Book Fairs make money for our … Continue reading

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