Here’s what reading logs actually do: they turn reading into a chore. They teach kids that time spent matters more than content or understanding of content. Reading logs tell kids that they are untrustworthy and must continually prove themselves. They send the message that kids cannot be independent learners – they must rely on Mom and Dad to back them up
This “mean girl” gene doesn’t come on intentionally. I don’t think there are many people who pride themselves on being mean. However, we live in a technology-driven world that, in my opinion, breeds competitive feelings and makes that mean behavior all too common. Social media has created an atmosphere where people feel entitled to peek in on every aspect of your life. People feel entitled to say whatever they want. I cannot tell you how many times I have observed mothers, via social media, being downright nasty to one another about anything and everything. It is shocking and sad. But if it starts with us, it has to end with us. It’s our responsibility, as mothers, to do everything in our power to make sure we aren’t (even unknowingly) raising mean girls.
if there is going to be actual racial healing and justice white parents can’t just expect their child’s history teacher to do all the heavy lifting. when you’re coloring w your kid, how about coloring some of the people brown? maybe talk about beautiful brown skin as well as pretty blonde hair? why not give your child all kinds of dolls to play with? why not plant the seeds that racial inequity is the result of hundreds of years of oppression and it’s everyone’s responsibility to correct past injustices?
An interesting thing happens at camp when kids are taken out of their usual environment. The rules change. Everything changes. Authenticity is rewarded. Responsibility is cool. Maturity adds clout. If it weren’t for camp, I would never have been ready for college, which led to graduate school, and the mentoring career I enjoy now. It was a natural progression that began in camp.
Some days, the most person-to-person, unmediated, non-electronic adult-type human interaction I have outside of the home is exchanging pleasantries with the cashier at the grocer. Everything else goes down by phone or email or text message. That’s just… weird, right? To be human and so relentlessly electronically connected to other people (to the point of fatigue, at times), yet so physically disconnected at the same time? I don’t know. #21stCenturyPeopleProblems
Practice gratitude. Practice it out loud to the people around you. Practice it silently when you bless your food. Practice it often. Gratitude is not a first world only virtue. I saw a photo recently, of a girl in abject poverty, surrounded by filth and destruction. Her face was completely lit up with joy and gratitude as she played with a hula hoop she’d been given. Gratitude is what makes what we have enough. Gratitude is the most basic way to connect with that sense of being an integral part of the vastness of the universe; as I mentioned with looking up at the stars, it’s that sense of wonder and humility, contrasted with celebrating our connection to all of life.
Howerton said the video featured a red monster representing the HIV virus and the Grim Reaper. After complaining about the outdated video to the district, Howerton was pleased to hear they also were interested in updating their curriculum. She is now partnering with them, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to create new videos for schools to use statewide. It’s a move Randall Russell, CEO of the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, applauds.