In 2017, I did a blog about teaching children of all ages to send thank you notes as a life skill. This social skill is still a huge passion of mine and I decided to re-post part of that submission and add a few thoughts. This decision emerged as a result of my recent encouragement … Read more Grads … send those THANK YOU NOTES!
Let’s face it … Stay-At-Home, Shelter-In-Place, or whatever other name you want to give it IS HARD! Add to that, Spring Break right around the corner and plans having to be cancelled or altered dramatically. I could tell you that this is a good lesson for our children to learn … after all, life isn’t … Read more 12 FREE At-Home Spring Break Ideas
Loved the Real Talk panel discussion this week because not everyone agreed on all the points … which means more ideas for parents and mentors who were watching. If you missed it, take a look here http://bit.ly/RTWorkEthic Make the Most of Your Day! Twitter Pinterest Facebook https://www.instagram.com/beth_life_/
Navigating friendships at any age can be tricky, but for our kids it can be a real learning curve. As parents and adult mentors, is there anything we can and should be doing? Real Talk dove into this yesterday and here is what was said … http://bit.ly/RTNavigatingFriendships What do you think? Make the most of … Read more Navigating Friendships
Atl & Co’s Real Talk panelists dipped our toes into the biggest pet peeves of teachers when it comes to behaviors of student’s parents (i.e., what parents should not do, please). I say, “dipped our toes” because we could have spent a lot more time discussing this important topic. Anyway, we concentrated on the parental … Read more Teachers need parents to not …
Maybe I am being naive to think that the majority of parents today DO NOT prioritize work over their kids. It may seem like that at times, but parents are juggling so many things everyday (in & out of the home) it just feels like work sometimes takes on a larger presence in our lives … Read more Is it OK to prioritize work over kids?
The effects of social media on our society has been the prevalent “hot topic” throughout the last year. All the research points to seriously negative effects of not moderating use of social media (especially for our young folks) … but it doesn’t seem to be changing our behaviors. So, again I participated in a panel … Read more Social Media & Mental Health
The Atl & Co Real Talk panel on Feb. 27th unanimously reported that they themselves have witnessed anxiety in children rising. The data is out there, but all you have to do is spend some time with kids and talk to their parents and you will know that we have a serious problem today. Unfortunately, … Read more Children & Anxiety-On the Rise?
As a retired teacher of 30 years, this subject is not new to me. And to be perfectly honest, because of first hand observations and lots of chats with other educators, my opinions have wavered some through the years … or maybe they have evolved. Anyway, as a firm believer in teaching responsibility and the … Read more Should Teachers Give Zeros? Is Homework too Much?
Those of you who read my blogs regularly can surely predict my answer to this question … YES! YES! and YES! I believe dinner time, without electronics, can serve as a time of relaxation, information transfer, and bonding (not to mention a great time to rejuvenate our bodies with some needed food). Coming together over … Read more Is Family Dinner Time Important?