Teaching Social/Emotional Skills

Homemade Gifts and The Green Triangle

February 24, 2011

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. I do kind of dread the end of January when the valentine project begins.  I […]

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Teaching Kids About Microfinance

January 1, 2011

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 a bad day I just hang out on their website!  They produce some wonderful little […]

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

December 16, 2010

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 into my gymnastics phase.  I recall being asked later, as a 12 year-old, what I […]

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Boys Babysitting: Kim Was Right.

October 27, 2010

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 year-old that she was going to the prom with him when she was a big […]

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Teaching Children to be Grateful

October 15, 2010

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 school and, for this reason I should buy from them.  And because this Fair is […]

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