I have a confession to make. One of my pet peeves is when someone says "Hey, how are you doing?" but they don't listen or really even care about my reply. I have been tempted during one of my off days, to spill my guts and say something like "life really stinks right now because … Continue reading Face Time: The value of setting apart time for face to face conversation with children.
About ten years ago, I worked, as a school counselor, for a very progressive school district in Pennsylvania. I volunteered, with a cohort of district employees, to participate in the "cultural competency cadre." I figured, why not, it had a cool name, and the extra pay was enticing. It turned out to be an amazing … Continue reading Cultural Competency
"Did you ever stop to think that a dog is the only animal that doesn't have to work for a living? A hen has to lay eggs, a cow has to give milk, and a canary has to sing. But a dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love." (Dale Carnagie, How to … Continue reading Therapy Dogs
When I was a child, my siblings and I spent very little time being entertained by our parents. We found countless ways to fill our time. For example, while waiting at the supermarket checkout, we either helped our parents load the groceries or talked to the cashier. (Once I even stole candy, "oh no"). When … Continue reading Tolerating Boredom
This week we have been continuing our goal of recognizing the necessary people in our life. In my last post, I discussed how I was motivated by the book "Listen, Love Repeat" to make a list of the essential people in my family's day to day life. Our aim is to slowly go through the … Continue reading Necessary People (part 2)
Mail Carriers. Plumbers. Cashiers. Sanitation Workers..... are all necessary people in our day to day lives, however we often forget their importance.... until there is a problem. A few days ago our power went out in the middle of the night. I wasn't too concerned until 5:45am when my toddler awoke and it was still … Continue reading Necessary People
Mehhrrr... Mehhrrr.... is my favorite line from the children's book Crankenstein. A story about a young boy who sees the glass half empty. Have you ever had a day when all you could say was "Mehhrrr" in response to the trouble that comes your way. Let's face it, we all have cranky days sometimes. Those days … Continue reading Loving Cranky People