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Kids need love. They need it like sunshine, oxygen, laughter and protection. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or not; it doesn’t matter what you do for a living. Kids need love – including the hurt or angry ones who lash out. Whenever and however it happens, you will come into the orbit of […]

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Women in this day and age are strangely obsessed with weight and physical appearance, and I am certainly a woman of this day and age. Thankfully I’m not obsessed in the ways I was as a young teenager, constantly feeling too tall, too fat, too flat-chested, and overall as though I “wasn’t ____ enough”. I’m […]

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At no time in the history of media have adults needed to be more vigilant about the quantity and quality of the programming kids are allowed to consume. Children are very impressionable, and are constantly discovering and creating their identities based on what they think is cool (or absorbing what their friends think is cool). […]

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I recently came across this story for the first time in many years. It had a profound impact on me when I first read it, and I believe this story can help others as well. It’s part of the introduction from The Lakota Way: Stories & Lessons for Living, by Joseph M. Marshall III, and […]

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What is social-emotional learning (SEL)? Although it may sound like bliggity-blah jargon, social-emotional learning can help you help your children (and your self) in significant ways. There’s a great deal of overlap between social-emotional learning and mindfulness: they are both about paying attention. SEL is a process of learning life skills, including: –> Emotional regulation […]

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Moments of Kindness

Published on January 13, 2013 by in Modeling Behaviors

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For all of the many things I’m grateful to my parents for, kindness ranks at the top of the list. I have random memories of my mom helping an overloaded mother carrying too many groceries in the parking lot by taking a few bags off her hands; my father picking up a fallen plane ticket […]

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I was lucky. I grew up with a golden retriever named Alexandra (Alex or Bubba for short), who in many ways was the heartbeat of our family. We got her when I was 6 years old, so Alex and I grew up together. Next to my mom, I hold Alex responsible for teaching me about […]

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