Fostering Friendships

Friendships are important for your children…and they can be complicated! As human being we need to know that we belong and that we matter. One of the important ways we do that is through our relationships with our peers. Of course as a parent, you want your child to...

Finding Friends at School

Friends make difference. Having a friend means you are not alone, that someone sees you and someone cares about you. Friendships help students know that they matter. For human beings that sense of being cared for and seen is critical for our sense of well-being. What...

Connection and Joy in Learning

Learning is more likely to happen when students experience joy and connection in the classroom and school environment. Teachers can help to counteract stress, conflict, and anxiety by building relationships and cultivating joy. Here are some ideas. Make school spaces...

Parenting with Love and Connection

Of course you love your children. And… have you ever had days where it seemed like you had to say the same thing over and over again? Or got frustrated stopping the bickering again and raised your voice or said something you wish you hadn’t? Yes. Of course. We...

Nurturing Kindness at Home

It is as important to teach our children kindness as it is to teach them things like reading, math or safety. Some children have a harder time reading social cues of others or putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. It is up to us to model and teach how to be...

Cultivating Kindness in the Classroom

The best way to promote kindness in our classrooms is to model it for our students. When children see what it looks like and hear what it sounds like, they are much more likely to be able to be kind themselves. We often pay attention to community building and being...