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The Roles of Emotion in Learning

by Sarah Major

Too often adults behave as though we (subconsciously, not intentionally) believe that all learning happens in the thinking, rational brain, and that if a child is not performing well with reading or math, their rational, thinking brain is somehow at fault, i.e. disabled.

More Cowbell, Please

by Jan Pierce

Here’s a fun fact: Incorporating music into the fabric of your daily family life can bring social and educational benefits to your children in surprising ways.

•    Soft music can calm and soothe children from fussy babies to high-strung older children.
•    Hearing music and responding to it accelerates brain development, especially in language acquisition, reading and math skills.
•    Music provides healthy ways to interact with others, both adults and peers.

Sometimes You Have To Let Others Feel Good - How to Ask for Help

by Amanda van der Gulik

Do you like helping others?


Are you one of those people that jumps at the chance to help your friends whenever they need a hand?

If not, no worries, usually that just stems from not wanting to go out of your comfort zone and that’s a topic for another day.

Today let’s just focus on how good it feels when we help out our friends and family…those who sincerely appreciate our efforts.

Following Her Dreams and... Inspiring Her Kids Along The Way

by Amanda van der Gulik

Has life ever hit you hard?

Like REALLY HARD?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to my dear friend, Lyndsy.

How Outdoor Play Leads to Success in Learning

by Sarah Major

We have been focusing on the value of free play outdoors and how the physical activity impacts brain development, efficient communication between areas in the brain, and thus a child’s ability to learn successfully.

This blog post continues the theme of outdoor free play as we touch on the importance of outside play as it relates to healthy eye development, which in turn also leads to increased abilities to learn.

There are two issues to consider:

Play to Your Strengths

by Jodi Johnston

Friendship and Girls

What it feels like for a girl

I recently spoke at a conference for 400 freshman girls about friendship. I consider myself a very accomplished speaker, accustomed to speaking in front of large, diverse audiences, including senior executives for large multi-national corporations. My most recent experience was officiating my sister in laws wedding in front of 100 surprised guests. I am speaking honestly when I say that 400, fifteen year old girls was the most intimidating audience I’ve faced in my career to date.

Life's Biggest Lesson:

It's Not What Happens That Matters, It's How You Deal With It!

Do bad things happen to you? Do they happen to your child?

You betcha!

NOBODY gets to avoid bad things...no matter HOW hard we focus on staying positive and trying to attract good things into our lives.
And you know what?

That's a very VERY good thing!

Crazy, right?

Where is “Pokémon Go” Really Taking Us?

Some liken it to a modern day zombie plague. Hoard’s of people (many kids) staring blankly, moving forward, seemingly unaware of the world around them, completely focused on the screen in their hand. Billions are being made in downloads, accelerators and advertisements as more and more people join in to search for the “best” Pokémon they can find.

Kids can be mean; really mean.

They can say mean things and do mean things. Sometimes, what’s most damaging is not what they do, but what they don’t do. Social isolation, ignoring and snubbing can hurt just as much as words. It’s an unfortunate fact that at some point in time, most children will experience being the victim of another child being mean.