Theoretically, fall and winter holidays are a time of celebration, gratitude, generosity and togetherness. The reality is that somewhere along the way, much of our spirit of giving got up and went, leaving the holidays a f*cking nightmare for many.… Read More Attitude of Gratitude
As I drop 10 off on her second to last day of school, I turn to the back seat. She is smiling and ready. The last day is almost here and this almost-done-with-fourth grade girl is ready for lazy days of summer, for sleeping in, for swimming, for playing with friends and her cousins. I… Read More Teaching My Girls How to Love Themselves
Parenting is a humbling thing. Prior to having my own kids, I was a teacher, so I had plenty of opportunities to see other people’s kids on a daily basis. I had lots of theories on what I would and wouldn’t do based on this. I’d seen first-hand what works, and I was confident that I’d… Read More Talking About Physical Differences (a.k.a., “The one where I was mortified in a shoe store”)
My four-year-old daughter surprises me with her acts of kindness and compassion on a daily basis. I am realizing more and more every day just how important it is to model the behaviors, like this one, that I expect from my daughters. Our children are always watching, whether we realize it or not. Even when… Read More The Domino Effect
You may have noticed that we kind of love Random Acts of Kindness around these parts. I try not to let too many days go by without dedicating a moment or two, to randomly putting a smile on someone else’s face. It has helped me be much more aware of the people around me and… Read More Random Acts of Art
Not too long ago, my oldest turned four. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the so-called behavior “transformation” that quite a few other mom friends have promised talked about. Supposedly it comes with leaving the terrible three’s behind (oh boy if you think two is a challenge…) and moving on up to four-year-old-hood. Yes, of course I understand… Read More You’re Not A Bad Girl
Mother’s Day will be the one-year anniversary of the first time I ever encouraged my daughter engage in random acts of kindness. We picked up a bunch of carnations at the store and went to our local playground and she happily handed single flowers the moms we encountered. It was awesome to see how happy this simple… Read More Mother’s Day Kindness Challenge!
Have you ever heard teachers talk about how they have loads and loads of free time during the school day with which to carefully address social issues such as self esteem, kindness, and bullying? Yeah, me neither! This is the dilemma that I have personally encountered many times in the classroom. As teachers, we of… Read More Integrating Kindness Into Your Classroom: Free Lesson Plans for Teachers