The 3 A’s

Another memorable school year has come to a close. I’m still pinching myself when I see how much my children have grown this year, not only in inches but in character. Thanks to some amazing teachers who have really gotten to know and value who they are, they have excelled. Anna and Brody seem really…

Anyway

What a week! If one thing is for certain, life will bring you surprises. Some will be good, and some you won’t like. This week, like others, has brought a bag of mixed feelings for many Americans. And, sometimes when we first discover a surprise we don’t like, or something we wish were different, we are…

We are all smart!

We used to hear a lot about the left vs. right brain. And, it does seem accurate that many people with have a strength in math rather than language, and vice versa. It’s not that we can’t succeed in both but it’s almost like one comes more naturally, and it does. But, what I’m trying…

Growing pains

Doesn’t it seem like the older you get, the more stressful life becomes? Then, I go to work and am reminded that there are also 5 year olds who are struggling, stressed, and resistant to growing. Just yesterday, I checked in with a small kindergarten boy who’s only 5. He lives with Grandmother, dad is…

“I feel like I belong!”

Isn’t so important to feel like we have a place and sense of purpose in this world? Isn’t it easier when you fit in and are accepted for who you are? Don’t we all want to be liked and appreciated? A sense of belonging is vital at all stages, yet many times is undervalued. I…

Growth mindset: Why is this the ‘new’ buzz word?

As usual, there’s a new buzz word in town. The world of education and childrearing is all about developing ‘new’ ideologies and cult followings every couple years. While it wasn’t too long ago that “common core” was taking over the world, now the newest term “growth mindset” is the hot topic these days. You’ll find teacher…

Do you let them get burned?

It’s a balancing act. How much freedom do you give little people when you know there’s a risk they’ll get hurt? It starts very young and I was a helicopter parent when they were babies. I don’t regret the attachment style parenting I chose rather naturally. I know I was watching them almost constantly, making…

If Kids Ruled the World

Today, I was blessed with a few minutes of enlightenment by a small seven year old. Some don’t see his charm, and he’s been referred to me for the second year in a row. Let’s just say he has trouble consistently making good choices! He may have a tad bit of a temper and a…

Elephants

You’ll always hear the hard truths if you work with children. They can be brutally honest and transparent. And, today was one of those moments where you stop and think, ‘Did you just say that’!? It went something like this: “Mrs. Hamilton, what are those bumps on your face?” Me: looking confused and feeling my face,…

We’re Not All Afraid……..

I don’t want to get political on here, a blog dedicated towards raising children…And, I’m not here to persuade you, either. But, this blog’s objective (and my objective) is to encourage proactive, positive parenting in myself and others. Reflecting on how we are teaching, modeling, disciplining, loving, and raising our children makes us more aware and conscientious…

Expect the Unexpected

Back to work today, and back to reality. By 7:25 upon entering the building, I had already had 4 kids ask to see me, 2 teachers ask me to help with their students and the principal stop me to tell me about a parent she talked to about the DCS referral I’d made a week…