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The Child’s Love of the Adult

The Child’s Love of the Adult

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 16, 2015) In my kitchen at the back of the drawer that holds the hot pads, is a green oven mitt.  Worn, with a few holes…

How singing helps in language and reading development

How singing helps in language and reading development

ROCKWALL,TX. (November 11, 2014) My earliest memory of reading is singing from the Baptist hymnal.  I remember being four-and-a-half, standing next to my mother, moving my finger under each hyphenated…

Solving the reading aloud blues

Solving the reading aloud blues

ROCKWALL, TX. (September 29, 2014) Kitchen Scene:  Mom and Dad are getting dinner ready after a busy day.  Soccer practice is in 45 minutes.  Enter six-year-old with book. “Mom! Dad! …

Listening to ourselves with compassion

Listening to ourselves with compassion

ROCKWALL,TX. (September 7, 2014) When we do something that we wished we hadn’t, we rarely give ourselves the level of forgiveness and understanding that we give to others.  If we…

Owning our emotions

Owning our emotions

ROCKWALL, TX. (July 28, 2014) Victor Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning writes about our freedom residing in the space between stimulus and response. Your child hits you.  Your freedom…

Dealing with interruptions from your child

Dealing with interruptions from your child

Isn’t it amazing how quickly children interrupt when they hear you on the phone? We wait for that quiet minute to make an important call or task and, poof, our…

Communicating emotions

Communicating emotions

ROCKWALL,TX. (July 14, 2014) A long-term study of college students aimed to test their vocabularies while also asking the group to rate their level of happiness. The test subjects with…

The heart of relationships: effective communication

The heart of relationships: effective communication

June 25, 2014- To know who our children really are, we need to observe our children at work and play.  J Krishnamurti, the Indian philosopher, wrote that the highest form…

Yakety yak, don’t talk back…

Yakety yak, don’t talk back…

(May 22, 2014) “You can’t talk to me that way, young man!” As the words came out of her mouth, Jane realized she was falling into the same trap…again.  But…

Tips for helping toddlers transition

Tips for helping toddlers transition

(January 1, 2014) “But, Daddy, I don’t want to go!” Moving from one event to another are difficult parenting and teaching situations.  Our children are involved and concentrating on an…

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