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…

The Winning Loser

Last night was Knox County’s Elite track meet covering all of Knox county. Kids must first place in the top 4 in the first, smaller meet to qualify. Over 800 kids attended last night’s meet, including around 20 kids from our little, ole’ school, which is pretty impressive. Surprisingly, Brody was one of those! Most…

Reunion

I had the nicest surprise reunion at the post office this morning. Upon entering the door, I was greeted by a dear former student. This charasmatic boy moved to America in 3rd grade. He instantly made friends with his winning smile, positive attitude, and excitment for learning. He was the only Hispanic child in a…

“I think my brain tumor is going to grow back”…..

“I think my brain tumor is going to grow back.” These words are still ringing in my ears since a casual dinner conversation this week. And although I don’t love this new norm, this is the norm. This is reality. And, this is also ok. What prompted this statement was our dinner-question prompts. The kids…

Why we don’t need happy kids

The old cliché is that we just want our kids to be happy. Ideally, they find their passion and live happily ever after. Go to school, easily make good grades, go to college, get a secure job, buy a house, get married, and have some children. The timeline was predictable and easily attainable for most. But,…

Happy New Year!

2016, you know what I say to you? Good riddance (along with some other choice bad words)!  I thought  2015 was the worst but then 2016 came along and laughed. I don’t think I’m the only one who’s felt like this either. We’ve watched the funny social media clips from Black Sheep  with Chris Farley…

The BEST gift….

It’s the frenzied time of year where even making a quick trip to the store seems like a chore. Is it really worth it with all the traffic? Forget the West Town Mall exit. And, you couldn’t pay me to go to Turkey Creek. It’s nuts out there….like really nuts! People are shooting each other…

I’m FAT!

That 3-letter word produces some powerful emotions, and I’ve heard it a lot lately. It can be the biggest insult. One put-down can ruin a child’s fragile self-esteem. But, it’s also just as damaging when a child believes this about themself. One might expect to hear this from girls since their bodies go through some drastic…

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…

Just beneath the surface

So much of what’s really going on with someone is hidden. Although some children and adults wear their emotions on their sleeve, there are many happy-looking, well-dressed kids who are masters of disguise. These high-functioning children are experts on being strong and holding it together, while their world is falling apart at home. No one ever…

Shelving it

As a counselor, one might expect that I would support facing emotions head-on. Acknowledge and confront feelings. Tackle problems right away. Talk about what’s on your mind. Don’t deny or run away from discomfort. Deal. Some of these ideas have surfaced throughout my blogging, yes, but I’m also suggesting another strategy today as we cope…

Outlet

“out”- moving or appearing to move away from a particular place, especially one that is enclosed or hidden “let”-not prevent or forbid “outlet”-a means of expressing one’s talents, energy, or emotions I am fascinated by this word, outlet, a word that’s been speaking to me lately for some reason. While I’m stopped at red lights,…