Interactive Storytime Helps Children Learn Stress Skills

November 12, 2013 Children and Stress 0 Comments

We were IN the story together! I was Smoothie, the Bee, getting 2-5 yr. olds to help me teach my brother, Buzzbee, how to calm himself so he wouldn’t hurt his little bee head bumping into flowers anymore. We drummed and buzzed fast and tense, took deep breaths, calmed ourselves,

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Consider Self-Esteem an Anecdote for Bullying

November 8, 2013 Bullying 0 Comments

My son was 9 years old when the other boys bullied him and made fun of his name. It was at a slumber party which meant he was isolated and left to be considered outside the accepted circle. When he returned home the next day, he told me about what

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It Takes a Village

October 28, 2013 Protecting Children for a Positive Future 0 Comments

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I love living in Ashland, Oregon, because it is a ‘village’ that encourages and sponsors wonderful, or rather, FUNderful creativity with parades, special events like the Monster Dash one mile run benefit for education and a costume contest where thousands

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Simple Words for Confidence Building with Toddlers

October 23, 2013 Protecting Children for a Positive Future 0 Comments

“Good job!” I said as Claire was feeling like a big girl drinking out of a water fountain, being reminded to keep mouth away from fountain, hands out of it and to give others a turn. Claire loves accomplishing new tasks as any toddler does. There’s so much to learn

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Prioritizing Children Empowers Everyone

October 21, 2013 Protecting Children for a Positive Future 0 Comments

“What did you like about Disneyland?” I’m being asked. My response is that Einstein and Walt Disney were in agreement that imagination is more important than knowledge. AND, most importantly, I felt HOPE. Why? Because Disneyland is a place that prioritizes children AND encourages the child within for any age

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Communication with Toddlers is Win-Win-Win

October 10, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

“Boo” is a communication that has special meaning to me. Communication happens at all ages. We do it in different ways, with different gestures, words, sounds, whole body language. Listening to the cues and clues with those who don’t speak exactly the way we do is such a gift in

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Building Superkid Power with Simple Fun Measures

October 4, 2013 Superkid Power 0 Comments

It’s a fun adventure to stir cooking food! Things that we take for granted are pure excitement for toddlers. Letting 23 month old Claire join in with a wooden spoon she could manage with her little hand kept her focused and happy. It is nothing short of an experiential lesson

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