How to Handle Conflict Using Healthy Skepticism

What if I were to tell you, "The sun won't come up tomorrow."? You would probably dismiss me as either insane or ridiculous, at least that is what several people did when I said, "the sun won't come up," to them today. When I added, "The sun didn't come up today,"...

“What is trust?” he asked softly.

What is trust in relationships? I had an interesting encounter with three of my students today. Their names have been changed to protect the innocent. I shall call them 6-year-old-boy, 7-year-old-boy, and 8-year-old-boy. So I am walking through our outer lobby when I...

A Game that Teaches Kids the Value of Trust in Relationships

A Fun Game that Helps Teach Kids the Value of Trust If you read my last post then you know that I have started using the word trust a lot in my classes. We have a lot of trust issues with the kids where I work. They lie, cheat, fight, and steal on a regular basis. For...

Personality Tests and Behavioral Masks: Correcting a missconception about both

Is Your Personality Determined by Birth, or Can It Change Over Time? Your ability to understand how the different people in your life are motivated is extremely important if you want to navigate the river of life effectively. I have already posted several articles...

The Four Agreements and Why I Take Them Personally

Recently, a friend introduced me to "The Four agreements." Like so many, she lives by then, and she was eager to share their wisdom with me. In case you are as unfamiliar with "The Four Agreements" as I was, they come from a book by Miguel Ruiz entitled, The Four...

What you say about others, says everything about you.

The Power of Reflective Listening "Did you see the nasty look  that salesman just gave me?" "He didn't give it to you mommy. You had it when you came in." Reflection has always been my favorite of the rules. It's influence permiates all the rules, and incoprorating it...

The Classroom of the Future?

Back to Schools Season, or NOT? As back to school season nears, each of us must face a decision. Do we trust that the shutdown has done its job, that testing and tracing are adequate, and that returning to school will be safe for our children and staff; or not? I've...

Are you filling your days with sand?

Have you been filling your life with sand? If you have ever taken a time management class, you might have heard "the aquarium story." It goes something like this. A life coach come on to the stage with a large aquarium and silently begins filling the aquarium with...

NASA Image of Water on Mars

Water Discovered on Mars! On Aril 1, 2005, NASA announced that Water was discovered on Mars. When people click on a link to view the image, this is what they found. I have always loved April Fools Day. When I was about ten years old, I remember my elder sister...

A Spoonfull of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down

A Spoonfull of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down I came home from work today and walked into a bit of a quagmire. My Dad caught me before I could even drop my bags and said with a face full of concern, "Your Mother and Tani had a huge fight. They aren't talking, and...
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