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Most parents, teachers and care providers are currently engaging with children in ways they never imagined. Let's keep things simple and flexible.
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In early August, many educators are looking ahead to the day they greet students. For teachers, August has a particular feeling of importance; the return is a huge deal for everyone involved.
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Parenting decisions are numerous, and I continue to breathe through my own parenting decision making process. A process that began 21 years ago when I learned I was pregnant with my first child.
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Empty nesting is arriving, and that’s ok. I am practicing being entirely present in this moment with my sons. Enjoying my one last summer with all of us under the same roof for a few months. Together and happy.
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Last week was Mother’s Day, which is still a challenging day even 34 years after her passing. I thank her for the presence and love she showed me throughout the early years of my life. I've thought and read a lot about secure attachment. It is something I care deeply about.
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I was asked me the other day, “When do you think we’ll be able to hug again?” I automatically thought of my classroom of two and three-year-olds.
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MARCH 2020: The Unthinkable. Last week was spent stocking, preparing, and asserting for my kids to come home.
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I needed time off to rest and digest. January and February were filled with life moments that came from left field. The kind that cause you to stop and dig deep.
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All these years, I thought I was a superhero mom. Recently, I realized that my superhero mom lifestyle was a facade...
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My friend was at home, recovering. I offered to bring groceries, or a perhaps a cooked meal. I inquired, what do you need? One word response: Time. Her pointed response stopped me: the one thing I couldn’t go and buy or cook and deliver.
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The month began with a spirited conversation with my 18-year-old son about his no shave November appearance. I inquired with an air of mom suspicion, “Remind me again, why are you not shaving?”
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Make The Ordinary Come Alive - Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness.
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Today is my mother’s birthday. She would have been 73 years old. I think she probably liked Noam Chomsky, although I can’t say for sure.
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In late August, I returned to work. I teach two-year-olds. I wish I could report that I entered my sweet preschool with the pep of a high school cheerleader, but I can’t.
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I returned home from a week long training on Infant and Toddler Development, the 0-3 years. We spent days discussing brain development, attunement, and attachment.
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Yesterday, I had a tooth extraction, so I spent the day moving very slowly. I read an article in Lion’s Roar about Maryland’s Poet Laureate Grace Cavalier, who shared the idea that reading and writing poetry can slow people down.
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My resume contains an accounting of my development as a professional, yet it is missing a few important details about who I am, really.
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Mud season is real. For the first years of my life, I lived on a farm in northern New Hampshire, where spring meant longer days and warmer sun.