Mindful Gift Giving for Families | Psychology Today

Mindful Gift Giving for Families | Psychology Today.


Some great thoughts for the holiday season.  Maybe some ideas for Service Learning Projects for my students.




Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

Excerpt:  People who are emotionally unhealthy and without good coping mechanisms can make bad choices, choices that can harm, whether it’s self-medication with drugs and alcohol or choosing bad relationships. I know I can’t control what my kids do when they grow up, but I feel I have an important role to play.  I can model good coping skills to the best of my ability.  I can share my own feelings and how I deal with them.  I can talk about the times I’ve made mistakes, or when I’ve been afraid or anxious and how I handled it.  I can teach them about boundaries.

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gardening play ideas from the NurtureStore

gardening play ideas | NurtureStore.  I think these ideas for playing and learning about how things grow are GREAT!  I’m planning on trying out a few with my Kindergartener this weekend.  I hope some of our school families will do the same.

These are great ways to tap into your kinesthetic  learners’ strengths and into multiple intelligences.  A love of things growing is also a great way to instil and love for science in young kids.


Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. provides a great overview of fostering initiative in our kids.  She makes three important points about initiative building activities:

  • Kids must choose it for themselves because it gives them “internal” rewards!  Examples include music programs, service-learning, and a myriad of other after-school activities.
  • The activity must take place in an environment that contains rules, challenges, and complexities inherent in the real world.  They must face intellectual, interpersonal, and intrapersonal challenges that go beyond grades, winning a game, and other external rewards.
  • The activity must be sustained over a period of time.  Rather than doing lots of activities, it is better to focus on a few for longer periods of time so kids learn to persevere despite challenges.

Check out the full article at the link or on her blog at Psychology Today.



Great Article on Keeping your Kids Motivated to Learn



Real Mom Q: Why do children love early learning but burnout by 4th grade?.

My Kindergartener is like a sponge, always wanting to find out new information.  Your’s probably were too.  So, what happens to our kids that as they get older they become reluctant learners?  Dr. Lynne Kenney has some thoughts on why this happens, and what we can do to prevent/reverse this process.


Tune Into Your Kids’ Party Music – It May Shock You! | Lifetime Moms






Tune Into Your Kids’ Party Music – It May Shock You! | Lifetime Moms.

Our kids need to know that we care about what they are interested in.  Not that we need to agree with it!  Be sure you are communicating the values of your family as you discuss the culture your kids are immersed in.

My son sees lots of violent images on the playground.  Exploding zombie heads with sniper rifles seems to be the latest from the boy across the street.  But,  he knows that our family values peace, kindness and justice. He gets to choose how to act when I’m not around, so I want to be sure he knows what an “Irvin” does in those circumstances.  Most of the time, he makes good choices, even when I’m not looking!  That’s real victory.