Lead young children gently into inclusivity

Tacit, consistent, calm daily inclusivity will teach children their worth ~ and others’

For young children,  images of angry protests in the news and polarized conversations in the car are confusing and disturbing. Make no mistake, these teachable moments about diversity will change the entire landscape of our country ~ one way or another. Calm, positive, simple conversations and an encouraging soundtrack can help children understand their worth and others’. Continue reading “Lead young children gently into inclusivity”

School ready

Back-To-School, School, Crayon

Parents can smooth the way back to school by helping students know what to expect in advance and being organized and orderly before school starts.

Going back to school creates a powerful mix of emotions. For ebullient extroverts and cautious introverts alike, from new students to those who did — and those who didn’t  — have a happy year last year, the youngest to the oldest, the bottom line is: will I know what to do to fit in and be successful? Ultimately, will I be safe? Continue reading “School ready”

Crying in the cart

woman picking out produce

Who hasn’t done it? – You’re tired, the kids are tired, but you need bread and bananas and wearily head to the store. The experience can either bring stress and sadness or build relationships. Here are tips for your trip, and a suggestion for the rest of us.

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Children and money

IMG_2696At my, uh, advanced age, but with a young adult son, I happily live in two worlds of thought. One is my own old school experience and the other is Christopher’s up-to-the-minute know-how. Both worlds meet when I talk about children and money.

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