Archive for the 'Social Science' Category

Learning to Be an Includer

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Experiencing bullying at school is traumatic. When a child comes from a loving, stable family with empathetic parents, it is still hard on a child. When a child comes from a family system that is authoritarian or neglectful, the distress is even worse; often there is bullying ongoing in the home as well, and the […]

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Step by Step

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

We need to remember that an appreciation for challenge, and a belief that we can find a way to change, learn and grow, can’t itself be fixed in place. Instead, we all struggle with fear and discouragement at times. Sometimes we run toward new experiences. Sometimes we have to find a way to learn something […]

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The Incident on the Bus

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Reflections of Long Ago I am not a fan of public transportation. In most places I have lived, it is an inefficient means of getting around. For instance, if I had to commute from my home to Mountain View (25 miles away), a one-way trip would take two and a half hours via light rail […]

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The Risk of Assumption

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Last year in first grade, Claire adored her teacher. Her teacher was wonderful, warm, funny, and had high expectations. She loves kids. At the end of the year, though, Claire began saying that her teacher hated her. This total 180 in her perception startled me. She also said she didn’t love her teacher anymore. Claire […]

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Enlightenment Through a Cat

Friday, May 1st, 2015

God has come into my life. Now, don’t click away. Don’t let that word shut you down. I might not mean what you think I mean. It’s not a word I’ve used in my life for years. Stay with me while I meander through my story. This is Smokey. He’s been around a long time. […]

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Be Kind

Monday, January 12th, 2015

It bears repeating. Here’s the link if the video doesn’t work.

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How to Fall in Love

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

I know the eyes are the windows to the soul or whatever, but the real crux of the moment was not just that I was really seeing someone, but that I was seeing someone really seeing me. Once I embraced the terror of this realization and gave it time to subside, I arrived somewhere unexpected. […]

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Good Advice

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

I saw this clip, and I think it’s so valuable!

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Lying and Defiance in Children

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The topic of defiance has popped up in my life in several places recently, and so today I share some reflections on it. When I did my practicum as a therapist in training, I worked at a private mental hospital. In my work with children, they would sometimes describe a home life that sounded unreal, […]

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Look Inside

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

One of my daughter’s favorite performers are Peter, Paul, & Mary, and one of her favorite songs by them is called Inside. Tonight I was scanning Facebook and came across a link from A Mighty Girl. A Mighty Girl is an excellent resource of zillions of ideas, toys, book titles, articles and more to help […]

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