Getting Rid of School Suspensions

I was happy to recently read that the LA school district is getting rid of school suspensions for minor infractions. Things like dress code violations, forgetting a pencil, or being less than polite. While I do believe it is important to come to school prepared, I also know that when people feel targeted because of…

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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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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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Monsters

One night I woke up suddenly because I could hear a loud grumbly noise. My four-year-old brain immediately identified the sound as coming from a monster, a growling, hungry for a midnight snack monster. I quietly called, “Mommy.” Mommy didn’t come and the monster was still out there so I got louder, “Mommy!” It was…

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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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Random Quotes and Cute Animals

I love reading books. I enjoy the stories and wisdom from the experience of others. I like to look at pictures of people, animals, places, and interesting things. The smell and texture of the paper, the sound the pages make when I turn the pages, and the knowledge that there is a new surprise coming…

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My Fear of Dogs

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This morning, as I was walking my neighbor’s dog, it suddenly dawned on me how the Karen of my childhood would not even recognize me today. You see, I have (rather, had) a history of being afraid of dogs. Not just big dogs, like the Great Dane that I had on a leash today, but…

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Helping Children Deal With Loss

Ah, childhood! As adults, we often put on our rose-colored glasses when we reflect back on what it was like to be a child. That is, if we can actually remember! Or else we tend to minimize what children might be going through at the time, thinking or hoping that they will not “get it”…

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