Some people never learned to share

One of the earliest and hardest skills for children to understand and navigate is sharing. Any parent who has more than one child understands this well. Sibling rivalry is real! And, poor preschool teachers mediate every day, as little ones expect everything to be about just them. The world revolves around them, and often times…

Get your head in the game!

  Brody has committed to trying basketball again for the second time, only because we are friends with the coach. And although this may not be his sport or something that comes naturally, he’s trying and seems to be having a decent time. He tries hard, just like he is in indoor soccer too. He’s…

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…

It’s not whether you win or lose; just be in the race!

This week was an exciting week as Brody was invited to the first ‘Elite’ track meet in Knox County. With over 840 kids from all over the  county, Hardin Valley academy was packed with colorful team shirts and excited parents. We were surprised and excited enough that he’d made the track team, first of all….

Kids with the Least Giving the Most

Giving hearts, generosity, and the willingness to give to others is something we do not measure or grade in school. Yes, the children receive a behavior grade but that’s more about how compliant and respectful they are. One very important life skill is the willingness and desire to give to others, without wanting anything back in…

Learning from Others

Small-group counseling opportunities take place at both of my schools throughout the year. I squeeze a short lesson and activity into their lunch time, which means students are literally cramming food down their throats in their 25-minute lunch while also actively completing 1-2 new tasks/ activities. We do the most with the small amount of…

Women’s Health?

Wisdom does come is small packages and that’s one of the million reasons I love children. Most children are real, meaning they haven’t decided they want to act like or look like someone else. They mean what they say and say what they mean! (thanks Dr. Suess). Once again, Anna, my seven year old, has enlightened…

Show them how to be kind

Random acts of kindness. We all know the term but how often do we really witness giving without wanting anything back in return? It’s not all that common but last week, I was inspired by some Volunteer spirit! Utilizing the West Knoxville Trading site on Facebook, word spread on social media and I had women…

The Power of Little Things….

It’s time. It’s time for new backpacks, shiny folders, sharpened pencils, and cute little lunch boxes. It’s time to meet the teacher, make new friends, and learn the new rules. It’s time to get excited about your new classroom, find your desk, and start another school year. There will be a lot of little (and…

Expectations

Something dawned on me this last week after receiving a sweet text from my friend, Amy. She was thanking me for the camp her son Jack attended. (He’s a friend of Brody’s from preschool and when they see each other, no matter how long it’s been, they don’t miss a beat.) So, it’s been neat…

ASS-U-ME!

Just a little reminder this week at work: never assume anything. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve been playing my A-game the past month back at work. Like all teachers and counselors, we are TIRED! I do want to give it my all but I’m just doing my best, and that’s not the same. So this…