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Resilience for Kids: How to Get Back Up Again

Resilience for Kids: How to Get Back Up Again

Resilience. It has haunted me lately. As I write this, much of my adopted home state of California burns. Apparently, the combination of faster-than-average Santa Ana winds, recent scorching summer, and wet winter in 2016 has led to a state that can go up like a tinderbox. Last month following the devastating fires in Sonoma and Santa Rosa, I watched anxiously as people walked back over the areas where their homes stood. They surveyed the damage, tried to collect what…

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Ways of Teaching Toddlers Gratitude at Thanksgiving

Ways of Teaching Toddlers Gratitude at Thanksgiving

On November 23, we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America. Traditionally, Thanksgiving here means stuffing yourself within an inch of your elastic waistband, deep frying a turkey until someone ends up in the emergency department, and a sugar and wine-soaked bacchanal. Should not the name imply more, well, giving of thanks? Last year, facing my daughter’s looming second birthday, I tried to commandeer my family into donating food for a local rescue mission instead of bringing sides for the potluck dinner….

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Charity Walk with a Toddler

Charity Walk with a Toddler

All right, I agree. It’s not a hard sell to convince you that a charity walk with a toddler is a good idea. You’re outside, required to run around, and people wave cow bells at you. Sometimes you even get a hand-held sign the little munchkins can swing (just not at your head). And all that money goes to charity. The Challenge of Teaching a Toddler about Volunteerism Due to the current state of things in the world, I admit…

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Teaching my Toddler How to Be Brave

Teaching my Toddler How to Be Brave

Honestly, I wish bravery was an easy accomplishment.  Even before she was born, I worried about my daughter. She will grow up in a vastly different world than I did (we had journals way back then instead of blogs and ‘vlog’ was something green you coughed up after reading Dracula). More than ever now, I feel bravery is essential for success in this new rapidly evolving world. Recently her preschool teacher asked me what I hoped to see when I watched…

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Trying to Find Some Kindness this Week

Trying to Find Some Kindness this Week

Do you ever wish the world was more like Adventure Bay? That when a stone-shaped alien inadvertently causes a rock slide, you can just “yelp for help” and Ryder and his team of pups come to save the day? Clearly I let my daughter watch too much TV. Still, I think Paw Patrol inspired me this week to try and get along better with my fellow man. It has not been a good or kind month for much of our…

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Safe Family Vacation Spots in 2017: places to go considering hurricanes, earthquakes and Zika

Safe Family Vacation Spots in 2017: places to go considering hurricanes, earthquakes and Zika

The images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma flashed across the TV. Waves rolled against deserted beaches under an ominous sky. Neighbors pulled one another through flooded streets in pontoon boats. Not that my two year old noticed, as immersed as she is lately in Paw Patrol. As I watched the Weather Channel, I wanted to wrap her in a protective bubble or lock her high up in a tower, far away from the horrifying stories of digging through rubble in Mexico City…

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Top 3 Board Books for Teaching Kindness

Top 3 Board Books for Teaching Kindness

I’m sure you’ve heard this line before, but when I was a kid we did not have the Internet. (Obviously it was developed while I was a kid, but that’s a story for another day) When I wanted to learn about a topic, I would drag my mom down to the library and spends hours combing through paper card catalogs and the Dewey decimal system. If I wanted a book about how to teach a child how to be kind,…

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