Well Aren’t You The Smart One, or What Makes a Bad Word Bad

A Conversation with Kids Today in my after school class, one of my kids spilled what I called, "a heck of water" on the floor.  As we were cleaning it up, one of my girls, we will call her Gecki, casually asked, "Is that a bad word?" She was of course referring to my...

How to Win at Everything

Definition and Belief: Cultivating a Winning Mind As with all things on life's river, your definitions define how you experience life. That being said, your ability to win every time depends upon how you define winning, so let's take a moment to determine how you...

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...

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...

Teachable Moments: The Day My Kids Took Me to Court

Teachable Moments The Day My Kids Took Me to Court My after school program has a Supreme Court. I have already blogged about the teachable moment that resulted in our court, and telling that story would make this already long story even longer. Just know, we have a...

Stop Driving Me Crazy: Reflections from the River

Is Someone Driving You Crazy? A new student, who is just starting down the river, sent me an e-mail that ended, "I hope you have a section on how to not let (my co-worker) drive my crazy." I know that she meant it as a joke. But strangely enough the rules of the river...

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...

How to Impeached a President: Kids and the Constitution

A True Story It all began when I took out the Presidential Cards that I made a few years ago in order to provide a "Knowledge Challenge" in honor of Presidents Day for my Passport Kids. I love the spontaneous learning that occurs during the conversations that these...

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...

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,"...
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