Have you ever felt left out? Wanting to be included in something but knowing you weren’t invited to join or participate can make you feel excluded. Exclusion can easily be seen as bullying if the intent is to actually keep someone out of a group or an activity. It is important to remember, exclusion may or may not be intentional. In some cases, we may feel excluded because of a simple misunderstanding.Read More
I grew up the middle of three girls. It was a world of make-up, shopping, and fighting over the clothes we were supposed to be sharing. But it was also filled with insecurities brought on by the words of others.
Fast forward many years and I have found myself in a world of boys. A world vastly different than the one I previously knew. As I have navigated this foreign land of legos and nerf guns,Read More
Recently my child came to me with frustration and anger boiling up because another child had hurt her feelings. I sat there listening to her spill out the upset this brought her. Someone didn’t want to be her friend, didn’t want to play with her. So how do we teach our children that it is perfectly fine to not be liked by everyone, and in fact, be greatly disliked by some?
I sat for a while thinking how to respond when an idea came to me.Read More
I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. It was an exciting day for me, as I stood in line, clad with cap and gown, waiting for my name to be called. My family sat in the stands, watching my achievement as I crossed the stage and shook hands with the chair of my department.
When the ceremony was finished, I went to meet up with my family, anticipating the pride I would see on their faces. But instead…Read More
My son came to me in tears. He told me he had been on his computer looking up the average weight for a 10 year old boy. He said his best friend had been repeatedly telling him he was fat.
I was devastated.Read More