Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What is TEAM WORK? ~ Part of the T.E.A.M W.O.R.K. Series

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TEAM WORK + TEAM SPIRIT = 
A Successful Season!

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A New Cheer Season is here! This post was inspired by my daughter, Bella, who is a Junior in High School this year. The past two seasons she worked hard to become a member of a team where it wasn't always easy to fit in. During her freshman year, Bella and her other freshman team mates struggled to gain acceptance and improve their performance skills. It taught my daughter and I a lot about competitiveness and the true meaning of becoming team players. She also learned that "cheer leading" comes with stereotypes and misconceptions. Competitive Cheer is a challenging sport! The training is extensive and involves specific technical components in addition to spirit building!


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Last year was our first year to experience a state competition.  I saw how exhausting it can be to train hard and compete with so many other talented athletes.  The coaches were tough but fair. Both my daughter and I learned that while we may not have always understood the process and journey that lead to their victory, in the end the reward was well deserved and wonderfully sweet. 

This year is proving to be equally challenging in terms of getting to know and understand new coaching techniques, challenging personalities, and figuring out once again where we fit into the puzzle.  As a parent, I am coming to terms with when to back off and when to participate.  There's so much I'd like to contribute, but you can only offer.  Learning to let go is a process, so be gentle with yourself or your ego will take a hit.


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I take my cues from my daughter, who has become an incredible advocate for herself and for others.  The truth is, there will always be challenges whether in sports, business, or personal life experiences.  Your ideas will not always be met with the enthusiasm you imagined or hoped to experience. Embracing all the variables that occur is part of our children's development, and our role is to listen and be supportive.  Will our children always experience fairness, mature interactions with other adults, and equal treatment among team mates?  No.  Will they learn to speak up for themselves and recognize their personal boundaries?  Absolutely!


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Here are a few thoughts to take us into the next season. I encourage my children to ask themselves, "How will I be a team player and inspire others toward making positive changes?" These skills are incredibly important, because it will be necessary as our children grow into adults.  Whether in business or personal life, becoming a team member involves learning to collaborate with various personalities,  accepting accountability for our actions, and understanding how group dynamics can influences outcomes.  


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TEAM Work


T - Treat each person with respect

E - Encourage each person to meet their goals

A - Advocate for each person's opportunities

M - Motivation is achieved through inspiration









Work toward recognizing each person's skills, talents, goals, and contributions.

Observe and accept that somebody may have a different way of accomplishing a task or project. 

Respond and provide insights where required; try waiting until you are asked for assistance. Assume the individual is capable of handling a task.

Keep negative comments and actions out of the process.  Lead by example.




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A New Season ~ A New Look at Opportunities! 


* Team Changes for New Chances?

* Where do you want to go?

* Who do you want in your life?

* Where will these changes take you?

* How do you envision your team for 2018/2019?



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This season I want to _____________________


What you bring to the team: _______________________





 Wishing all of you a week of adventures,
solutions to your challenges,
 answers to your prayers, &
resources to help you survive
your collaborative projects!

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Kindest Wishes,
 ~Mary  


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Random List of Rare Rants

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I try to save my rants for the moments when all else fails to effect the changes I hope to see.  But today I am giving myself permission to go ahead and give a personal list of things that make me roll my eyes to the point of creating the mother of all headaches.  Better for me to write it out than allow these thoughts unedited access into the world. Not only am I giving myself permission, but I hereby invite my readers to add their own thoughts.  It's important to have coping skills to manage the many stress inducing events that occur each day.  Every now and again it's okay to release the pressure valve and get rid of those negative vibes.  And...here we go! 

 
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Rude/Unsafe Drivers

So I've written about this one before. Is it really that hard to just be kind? If you see someone's turn signal on, that does not mean "speed up" so they can't make it over into the next lane.  Most of the time, it feels like the other car is only racing you to the red light. I try super hard to not look over as we arrive side by side at that light.  Let it go.  But silently I wonder what is going on in their life to make them have a need to be first.  Did they not get enough time as a line leader in Kindergarten?  Are they ignored at home?  Or are they simply narcissistic potholes that lack the resources necessary to fill those empty spaces in their hearts? 

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Two 
Last Minute Additions to a Schedule


Okay, I know that sometimes this cannot be avoided. Things do happen.  But when I already have a large list of activities for several different people in our home to accomplish, one more responsibility to consider can be a lot to appreciate.   One more practice or game to attend, one more trip to the grocery store for a school item, one more uniform to order...you get the picture.  An occasional addition is fine.  But when it becomes a frequent "ping" on my notifications....that's another story.  I can be the most supportive person you know in a pinch, but respect my time too.

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Three
Check your baggage
 (aka: Anger Issues & Passive Aggressive Behaviors)
 I wasn't the one who packed that thing! 

When I offer to help you, bring you my ideas, or put forth any kind of effort to assist you with a project, try not to criticize the methods or tell me, "It can't be done".  Let me know your guidelines, inform me of your boundaries, and inspire me to take your advice as we work together to achieve successful outcomes.  I promise you will receive full credit for the project.  I will be your advocate and support system if allowed.  But please, have some personal self awareness regarding how negative behaviors impact your relationships.  If you refuse to deal with your own baggage, don't expect me to help you board the train as it is about to derail!


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Four
 Compliment someone!


Giving someone a compliment does not in any way diminish your own personal value.  Admitting that someone else has skills and talents does not affect your capabilities or deflate your accomplishments.  Have enough self worth to recognize that a compliment can make someone's day! It also feels pretty great to collaborate with other amazing talents to achieve goals.

Send a message!


Five
Educate to Advocate!

Please do not assume that someone is unfamiliar with a situation, whether in the political arena or in any area of life.  We cannot possibly know everything about everyone when it comes to making comments on hot button issues.  The best we can do is continue to educate ourselves by reading, researching, comparing stories, and  becoming more aware of the world around us.  Life is so much more than our personal experiences.  Each person views the world from their knowledge base.  If we choose to ignore these variables, we significantly limit the way we interpret data and make decisions. (All data is potentially questionable if you think about it.) Expanding our knowledge base does not mean we need to agree with every opinion, but it does give us the options necessary to be informed decision makers.  Our future and the future of our children depend upon our ability to see past the rhetoric, the denials, the misinformation, and the need to set up camp on soft ground.  Educate yourselves so you can be better advocates!


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Phrases that I'd love to eliminate!

"It's never been done before."

"We can't do that."

"The ________ won't allow that."

"I've already tried."

"I don't need help with that."
(or variations of this theme)

  

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Some thoughts for your Thursday

If these phrases are part of your vocabulary, ask yourself why you are placing these roadblocks into your routine.  Why do you feel like you're the only one who has the ability to accomplish a task or manage a project?  What is the worst thing that might happen if you allow someone else the opportunity to assist you?  Collaboration can be a fickle beach, but it is the most satisfying way to contribute to a common goal.  How will you collaborate on your next project?


 Wishing all of you a week of adventures,
solutions to your challenges,
 answers to your prayers, &
resources to help you survive
your collaborative projects!


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Kindest Wishes,
~Mary 







Monday, August 13, 2018

Monkey Bars, Mud Pies, and Movement

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Monkey Bars, Mud Pies, & Movement 
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   "After School" Frenzy ~ Kids Need to MOVE!

Our children are getting ready to return to school this week. Fall sports season is near! Who is your favorite team? Time to get gear ready for our football fans!  Today I found this awesome reminder from an article I wrote a while back.   Please consider that being in a classroom all day can have a significant impact on the physical and emotional well being of our students.


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I love to get to school early and look forward to the car rider line-up.  This is not because I enjoy the chaotic rush of cars and strange driving habits of other parents, but because of the way the school literally looks as if it has burst at the seems. 


 
As soon as that bell sounds, the doors are flung open and the repressed energy from hundreds of children rushes out to greet their weary parents.  You can feel their relief as they anxiously search the line of cars. Some children are walkers, yet run full steam ahead with their backpacks dragging and music instruments clunking against their legs.  Other children drag themselves down the sidewalk and are reluctant to move quickly.  Safety Tip: Make sure shoe laces are tied and encourage use of No-Tie Laces if your child needs a little extra assist in this department.

There are so many ways to leave a building once that bell rings!  Chances are those children have been given few opportunities to move during the day.  Some teachers are great about offering "brain breaks" where students get up out of their seats and move, stretch, and change positions before returning to an assignment.  Teachers may also have seating alternatives that provide just the right sensory adaptations needed by students who have difficulties with attention span.  This may include exercise balls, cushions, bean bag chairs, rocking chairs, and standing desks. 



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But most children do not have ample opportunities to "motorically express themselves".  It is important that they have some down time upon return home.  Although it's tempting to ask lots of questions regarding, "How was your day?", the reality is your child may need to have some time to decompress prior to engaging in detailed conversations.  Allow play time to release some of that energy that had to be contained during class time.  Unstructured play such as free time at the park or indoor moving to music can help decrease some of the stress that accumulates during their school day.


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Jump, skip, hop, swing, slide, twirl, run, gallop, walk, reach, and explore outside before the weather turns cold and winter sets it.  Make active play time a part of your after school schedule.  Home work will be harder for all involved if movement is not sandwiched between school and dinner time.  If the weather is uncooperative, have a few activities for inside that will work.  (Crunched up newspapers to toss into the laundry basket or indoor mini-trampolines can be helpful.)


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The most hilarious thing my brothers came up with was the day they found the elastic tops to our mother's panty hose.  (She always kept the tops to use as elastic bands for a number of reasons.)  The boys figured out how to shoot those elastic bands up to the popcorn ceiling where they got stuck.  Mom came home to find the ceiling decorated with hanging elastic panty hose bands.  


So let the kids get creative and encourage them to move. (Even when it drives you nuts.)  They've been in school all day, and like anyone feels after work...they need to blow off some steam before bedtime.  I'd love to list a few ideas now that school is underway.  Please feel free to share your strategies too!  



Happy School Year! 
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 Wishing all of you a week of adventures, solutions to your challenges, answers to your prayers, and the
resources to help you survive the new school year!


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Kindest Wishes,
~Mary 







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