Writing to inspire, encourage, promote, advocate, and educate in a way that ignites resiliency, creativity, strength, perseverance, and a desire for change. "You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you." ~
Heraclitus, On the Universe
This blog was first created and published in February 2014. Here you will find discussions about self-advocacy, how to teach our children to cope with peer pressure, concerns facing families with teens, and how younger students can develop skills that will help them deal with bullying.
It's important to engage in frequent dialogue with your pre-teens and teenagers. Make sure they know you are a resource for them.
Conversations about the following topics need to happen way earlier than many parents realize. Consult with your pediatrician when questions arise. Your children will see how you collaborate with other resources to arrive at answers to questions and solutions to concerns.
Hot Topics for Advocacy and Discussions
Sexuality/Personal Health Pregnancy/STD Protection
Puberty and What to Expect
Availability of Resources/Where to find them
Dealing with Peer Pressure
Problem Solving/Self Care
Coping Skills/Dealing with Anger and Frustrations
How to safely de-escalate a situation
Tackling learning skills in/out of a classroom
Making adaptations of environments/expectations
and so much more....
It is critical that all of us work together to educate, empower, and encourage children to protect, advocate, and respect themselves.
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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development
Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an
Infant/Toddler Program Manager. I have several writing projects in
progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full
day child development (school) program. The book will provide families
with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's
progress in an Infant room. My second book project involves how to cope
with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's
addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way. I am excited about all of these projects and
am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have
had placing their child into a full day child care program. I would
also like to hear from Infant room teachers.