Simple

First, listen to ‘Simple’ by our local Emily Ann Roberts! Awaking again at my leisure, not too early and not too late, I get to sip at my fresh cup of French Roast and browse the internet. Again, we have no plans for the day. We’re in no rush to get out of our pj’s…

Room to grow

Time to reflect and examine what’s going on with our kids. Another school year has come to a close, riddled with unexpected twists and turns. Growing pains are always to be expected. So, is this year any different? Stressed, overworked teachers Negligent caregivers, and over-involved parents Excess extracurriculars and lack of quality time Suicide Social media…

Is 2nd grade the new 4th for girls?

You people working in schools know what I’m talking about. Recess drama and female friendships that flip-flop daily or by the hour! Girls who are drama queens and TELL their friends who they can and cannot play with. And, then there’s the girl who is always the victim; someone is ALWAYS being mean to her….

Anxiety and kids

Seems like wherever you go, people are stressed, including children. The fact that I left being a counselor at a high-needs, low-income school doesn’t mean I don’t have to help students with their problems and stress anymore. The problems and stress at a  predominately white, middle class school are sometimes just different from the problems poor children…

Instead of…

Yesterday, a ‘girl’ or woman in her 20’s was at my house.We were chatting about our neighborhood and I was telling her what I like most about it. Mainly, I love our neighbors and the fact that my children can play outside without me worrying about them. She smiled and said she doesn’t have kids…

“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…

Memories….Campers, ribs, and dips! Oh, my!

Creating a happy childhood takes some work and planning. Like yours, my kids don’t know how great they have it. When we are young, we are oblivious to the planning, packing, money, sweat, and stuff, lots of stuff, it takes to make a trip and experience happen. It is A LOT of work, and Bo…

If I can do one thing, it’s make them feel loved!

You know, School Counselors are like teachers. We always want to be effective and see growth, but try as we might, it only happens sometimes despite the best teaching strategies and effort. There are so many X-factors. We can control our climate and tone, our attitude, and our own mindset, even if our time and resources…

What I really want….

Kids in this country have a lot. Even those who don’t at home, may at school. With I-pads, computers, gaming systems, hover boards, bikes, and American Girls dolls, most children are privileged with many material items in the United States. And, then there’s the extracurricular activities that our children have access to. Dance classes in preschool, gymnastics…

Jury Duty

Have you ever had jury duty? I was a lucky citizen that was chosen to serve my civic duty this week and next. Monday was a long, long day with a lot of sitting, waiting, and sitting some more- two things I don’t do well! Making it worst was the federal charges against the defendant were ridiculous…

PTSD

I now have a new level of empathy and understanding of people experiencing PTSD. Throughout my years as a counselor, I have read countless articles and books explaining the impact of trauma on a child’s brain. I find it fascinating, and it’s one reason I spent a year working for Helen Ross McNabb post-undergraduate. Family…