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Make Connection a Habit

social emotional skills


Morning Meetings and Connecting a Classroom

As the school counselor, the teacher had requested I come in and observe her new morning meeting format. I found a chair in the back of the room and curiously looked at the student that the others were staring at.

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Teaching The Whole Learner: School Spotlight on Bloom360

Bloom360 Learning Community, a nonprofit school in southeastern Wisconsin for Learners ages 5 to 21 with neurodiverse needs, based their entire 2019/20 school year curriculum themes around the PeaceMakers themes of Power, Joy, Balance, Love, Peace, Intuition, and Forgiveness, and the outcomes are inspiring.

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The Day My Son Told Me "Mad is Bad"

When I was a young girl I thought the thing to be was happy. I'm not clear when or how this misbelief was first planted, but I managed to carry it well into my adult years none the less. The narrative in my head went something like this:  "If I...

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The Power of Positive Affirmations for Kids

When my son was just barely out of the toddler years, his grandmother gave him a puzzle for his birthday. It was one of those 60-piece rectangular deals with a picture of a prehistoric world inhabited by all kinds of dinosaurs. The box showed what the completed puzzle would look...

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An open letter to you, my toddler: "I get It."

I get it. I get all of it. The screams, the tears, the tantrums. Your bottom lip drops and your eyes brim with emotions. Sometimes you even turn away from me. That one rips my heart in two. Then the sun will peek through and the smiles will come...

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Spanking Children Is Still Common and Still Harmful

A spanking. That moment where a child receives a swat on their backside for doing or saying something that an adult in their world did not approve of or felt was unsafe. It's likely that you've either received, given, or witnessed a spanking at least once in your lifetime.

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