How to manage the first day good-byes with your dignity intact and your kid feeling good about school

How to manage the first day good-byes with your dignity intact and your kid feeling good about school

How to first day school

Who’s ready for the first day of school? I’ll be the first to confess that I am not. My own anxiety is up as I am nervous about being the new girl after my position disappeared at the school I taught at and loved for fifteen years. It has really made me reflect on the little people I often spend the early part of the first day of school with, year after year. Back to School time, and…

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Test Post … please disregard!

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The silence of drowning

The silence of drowning

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I remember the day I learned about the silence of drowning.

When I was about ten years old, my little brother Joe and I sat side by side with our feet in the shallow end of our pool while our mother ran back into the house to get something. Joe was a toddler and was wearing his bright orange, zip-up life jacket and I had been told to stay at his side. We sat there, kicking our feet. His…

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Nelson Mandela’s quote a reminder of the wisdom of children

Nelson Mandela’s quote a reminder of the wisdom of children

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As we pause to remember Nelson Mandela today, his quote about love coming naturally to the human heart reminds me of what draws me to children. While it is so easy to be consumed by my role in educating them, it is easy to forget about the the natural wisdom they possess. They do, in fact, educate us. If we pay attention.

If you visit google.catoday, you will see a tribute to him with…

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Water: So pretty, yet so powerful

Water: So pretty, yet so powerful

Pretty waterI have been fortunate to live for most of my life around glistening blue water. During my twelve years working in aquatics, I took it for granted and even felt that if there was a day in my future that I never laid my eyes upon another pool, it could not come quickly enough. I have learned to appreciate pretty pool water again, but with the caution of one who has learned not to test its power.

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A Vision For Our Kids celebrates two years, and a call out to Mothers

A Vision For Our Kids celebrates two years, and a call out to Mothers

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This week A Vision For Our Kids celebrates two years. Thank you my dear readers. I have enjoyed our conversations, your comments and connecting with those of you who have reached back through your screens.

I started both of my blogs right around Mother’s Dayand am beginning to believe more and more in that sometimes things happen for a reason. A Vision For Our Kids is to one day become a…

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Happy Mother’s Day! Today is your day.

Happy Mother’s Day! Today is your day.

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Happy Mother’s Day from one of your tribe-mates. Thank you for joining me here today. This is the second anniversary of A Vision for Our Kids.

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For the past few years, Mother’s Day has been gaining significance for me as a day of gratitude, reflection and one of casting all else aside to consistently enjoy present moments with our kids, because I honestly do not know what happened to the…

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Top Mother’s Day gift: Book review of Motherhood by JC Little

Top Mother’s Day gift: Book review of Motherhood by JC Little

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is an entire book of pictures worth, especially when those pictures speak right to a mother’s heart?

JC Little, The Animated Woman, has released her second book, Motherhood, just in time for Mother’s Day. Look no further for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

This story is for mothers at any and every stage of the journey. Motherhood…

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Hollow or boiled: Why it’s so important to blow out your Easter Eggs!

Hollow or boiled: Why it’s so important to blow out your Easter Eggs!

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Our kids get a kick out of looking at the eggs they dyed years ago.

We get a kick out of looking at these each year!

It’s almost Easter, and I know what all of you with young kids are up to these days.  You’ve got your little tablets of dye, your eggs and dippers and the kits all lined up.

We teachers don’t blink an eye at the stained fingers on our students. We know ‘tis the season for dyeing Easter Eggs. For many years, I mulled over the age-old question:

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