Watch Your Words – Keeping it Positive

During my teaching career, I realized that when my students gave up and sometimes shut down on a first attempt at a challenging task, the frustration was usually attached to plenty of negative self-talk. As a teacher and parent, I learned to see the value of training kids to “watch their words”! Words are things. […]

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The Use of Vibrant, Colorful Illustrations Bringing Authenticity & Life to Stories

A scenic illustration by Betty Schweitzer-Johnson taken from “Cloud Watchers”, written by Ethel K Coffey Beautiful illustrations bring clarity and depth to words in a story. The presence of colorful illustrations is crucial in children’s literature. In fact, Illustrations are used as an introduction for children, into the world of books. The more vibrant and […]

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Pets & Kids

Having a family pet can add such a positive, joyful dimension to a child’s life! Pets and children share a special bond. Pets and their kids appear to communicate at a deep, nonverbal level of awareness. When a child is feeling sad, lonely or frustrated, the family cat or dog can bring comfort with a […]

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Friendship

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Do you know who said this? Take a wild guess. It’s Muhammad Ali. Yes, the boxer who floats like a butterfly and stings like […]

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Helping Children Deal with Anxiety

Is your child afraid of going to school? Is he unusually clingy and moody? Does he get scared easily? Well, if these sound familiar to you, chances are your child is having problems dealing with anxiety. Anxiety is something we experience at various times in our lives. You do remember the anxiousness you felt as […]

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