Polarizing Forces

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I read an interesting article (Repukes and Democraps: A Nation Divided Part 1 by Faith Eden-Barre) the other day that got me thinking. The focus of the article was on the polarizing ideological divide in the U.S., mainly between Republicans and Democrats. What does this have to do with young kids? Keep reading and it…

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The Magic Wand

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I have a magic wand that I can wave that makes the following results appear for most kids just like that: 1.5 more days of school attendance per year Fewer headaches and colds 17% higher math test scores 20% more likely to graduate high school $10,000 more annual income after graduation Isn’t magic great? OK,…

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Making Friends

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While I was running an errand at a nearby mall, I walked past one of those indoor play areas. There must have been two dozen little ones playing with and next to each other. Occasionally a baby was perched on a lap, in a stroller or snuggled next to a grandpa. There were squeals of…

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Boy Behavior

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In the past few weeks, a handful of preschool teachers from the Midwest and the West Coast have asked me about improving the behavior of two- and three-year-old boys. Specifically, the boys whose bodies are moving so quickly that they knock down their playmates when they try to enter a play situation, or who have a difficult time focusing on teacher-led activities and directions.

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Wanted: Calm and Kind Boys

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In the past few weeks, a handful of preschool teachers from the Midwest and the West Coast have asked me about improving the behavior of two- and three-year-old boys. Specifically, the boys whose bodies are moving so quickly that they knock down their playmates when they try to enter a play situation, or who have…

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Fairness

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Fairness. Being fair is very important to people, and children can be especially vocal about it. “His piece of cake is bigger than my piece of cake!” “She got eight M&Ms and I only got seven!” “He always gets to pick the TV show!” As adults, we also want life to be fair. We expect…

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Saying No Can Be Positive!

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We have all been party to a child begging for a special treat or favor that we know we should say noto but the beggingbecomes so LOUDand insistent, often with others watching our every move, that we think, “Wouldn’t it be quicker and easier to say ‘yes’ just this once? Please let this moment end and…

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Myth: Kids will be kids. Boys will be boys. (Can There Really Be a World Without War? Part 6)

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This has been a lengthy but important series on whether it is possible to believe and thus attain a world where peace is commonplace and war is no longer an acceptable option. Lengthy because issues are complex and cannot be simplified to a simple soundbite, important because as adults, we make decisions that will determine…

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Myth: War is Inevitable (Can There Really Be a World Without War? Part 5)

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So far in this series, Can There Really Be a World Without War?, we have found that there are many faulty myths in our culture that we commonly accept without question.  But by looking at the evidence, the research, the facts, we can see what is actually true and that puts us on a path…

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Myth: Children are naturally violent (Can There Really Be a World Without War? Part 4)

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I’m a believer. I believe that we will arrive at a time in the future where we will no longer have large wars on this planet. Why do I believe this? Because I have looked at evidence, at facts from the past and present to disprove myths about the erroneous ways we look at war…

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