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The Girls Of Summer

Lessons learned at camp can help girls figure out the girl-boy dynamic.

Somewhere after learning cursive on fat-lined green paper but before our first tubes of Bonne Belle lip gloss, my 10-year-old girlfriends and I discovered that boys had mystically changed into something called BOYS. Lessons learned at camp can help girls figure out the girl-boy dynamic. Realizing that our frog-chasing, tree-climbing counterparts were interested in more than making us scream at amphibians made us curious to know how these creatures fit into our lives between Barbie dolls and bicycles. Problem was, … Continue reading

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Listening: The Lost Art

There is an adage that says, “God gave us two eyes and two ears but only one mouth so we would look and listen twice as much as we talk.” Looking and listening are closely related and support each other, but I think listening should rank as number one on the charts of skills many of us can improve. I would categorize listening as a lost art, but one that many of us would benefit from if we could re-discover it. … Continue reading

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Rehearse and Redo – Making Sure They Really Get It

I try not to hover. Parenting is a constant challenge to balance restriction and freedom. On the restriction side, I want to provide appropriate boundaries, offer wise guidance and coach my boys to success. On the freedom side, I want them to explore, make mistakes and get a little banged up. As 11-year-old Scotty’s mother encourages him to do in the movie The Sandlot, “Run around, scrape your knees, get dirty. Climb trees, hop fences. Get into trouble, for crying … Continue reading

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The One Secret to Smashing Stress You Haven’t Tried

Don't let stress steal our peace.
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Did you sleep well last night? Not in cliched terms, like logs and babies, but real, restful sleep? Or did you toss and turn, unable to silence your frazzled mind long enough to let go of worry for eight short hours so you could face today fresh and rested? Stress is largely a self-created state of mind. It starts simply: the need to do ‘just a little more’ to keep up, to stay a step ahead, to finish our tasks … Continue reading

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Two Cultures, One Goal

Late one afternoon last week in my classroom, where the remnants of the day’s lesson on connotation and denotation still remained in bright turquoise marker on my whiteboard, a mom stopped in for an impromptu conference. I was happily surprised. I love meeting with the parents of the middle-schoolers in my English as a Second Language classes, but given the logistics of them needing to pre-schedule a time when our interpreter, Mr. Hassan, is free, I’m generally the one calling … Continue reading

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