Bring on that Adventurer Spirit!

The door to our study is covered with decorative paper. A box of colored pens sit nearby. Drawings and words tell the stories of “new things we’ve done.” Learning a new skill, discovering a musical artist we’ve never listened to before, letting kids teach us a new game, all are grist for the adventurer’s mill….

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Get Out!

Let the beauty we love be what we do There are Hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth. Rumi Rumi got this right — there really are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth! This summer, get creative with ways to combine your love of the earth with care for our…

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Media Literacy Resources

These are some resources for parents who want to help their daughters learn to think critically about the messages in advertising and media. Clicking on the books will take you to their ordering pages on Amazon.com. Resources for Parents of Elementary School Girls Books Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think…

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These Kids are Wired! Part 2: Fun Activities for Kids – Moving Beyond Appearance and Being Media Smart!

Concerned that your children spend too much time “wired”? Research shows that the average youth (ages 8 – 18) spends 45 hours a week with media! That’s an intense relationship! Many parents talk to me about their concerns about worrisome media messages, especially those that promote unrealistic standards of beauty & perfection. These messages can…

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Creating a Culture of Compassion

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” That old adage just isn’t true. Teasing, name calling, gossip, rumors, exclusion, and betrayal are forms of cruelty sometimes referred to as social aggression. Social aggression starts at a surprisingly early age, during the pre-school years. Ever hear a 3 year old…

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What Parents Need to Know about Teen Suicide

Reprinted with permission from Children’s Friend, Worcester, MA Since Tyler Clementi, a brilliant, 18-year old violinist, took his own life in September, more stories of teen suicides have emerged and shocked people across the U.S. Tyler was the fourth gay teenager to kill himself within only a few weeks, and this past weekend it happened again…

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