Reopening Schools Safely Requires Funding – HEROES Act

To keep students, teachers, staff & families safe, we should aim to reopen schools safely or not at all. We all need to do our part—Wear a Mask and Wash Your Hands to decrease infection rates and community spread of COVID-19. A Mask Mandate would help greatly, as would Heroes Act funding.

Custom-Helping Others in Need

Making Mealtime Special and Helping Others In Need

Making Mealtime Special Making mealtime special can involve doing something out of the ordinary, like dusting off and using that “look-but-don’t-touch” teapot and teacup combo for breakfast. It can also include preparing meals as a family and eating them together around the table (or via FaceTime, if you’re unable to be with your family right now). Eating together as a…

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Social Distance Learning: Time for More Structure and Self-Compassion

Distance Learning Lessons: Time for More Structure and Self-Compassion

Lesson Learned As our family begins our 3rd week of distance learning, my list of “lessons learned” continues to grow. One lesson that is abundantly clear—it’s time for more structure, and self-compassion.   Ready To Slow Down After the whirlwind that often typifies the Lanier Experience: our recent relocation to a new city (Atlanta) for my husband’s new job, downsizing…

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The Conflict of Summer-a Haiku Poem

The Conflict of Summer – A Haiku Poem for Introverted Parents

It’s May—the main month of spring! It’s also the last month of school before summer break. The month when we encourage our children and students to “finish the year strong”… yet recognize their fatigue, because we are feeling it ourselves. Knowing summer is around the corner is exciting! It also leaves many introverted parents feeling slightly conflicted—especially if they work…

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Want To Raise Confident Kids-Avoid Overparenting-Dr. Dayo Lanier

Want to Raise Confident Kids – Avoid Overparenting

The Overparenting Trap A great deal of pressure is placed on kids to succeed these days. When it looks like our children aren’t achieving to our satisfaction, parents often jump in and “help” them along. We let them know—through our words and our actions—that their efforts aren’t meeting our standards. While we may not realize we’re doing this, I think…

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Quote of the Day – Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.

  The most important rewards of being a parent aren’t your children’s grades and trophies or even their graduations and weddings.  They come from the moment-by-moment physical moment joy in being with you. Instead of valuing “parenting,” we should value “being a parent.” Instead of thinking about caring for children as It is a kind of love.  Love doesn’t have…

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Great Way to Reduce Stress

“Stress is the space between your thoughts of how life should be and how life really is… Since stress is created by your thoughts, you can feel less stressed by becoming aware of the thoughts and looking either for ways to change how life is or what you think it should be… You can also reduce your stress when you…

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Too Busy For Fun?

How abandoning my Saturday things-to-do list at my daughter’s urging, helped me to live in the moment and enjoy a perfect mommy-daughter afternoon adventure. Saturday had arrived and I had my weekend chore list in hand, ready to engage and conquer, item by item. I was on chore #3 (loading the dishwasher), when my daughter quietly came to me and…

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School Lunch: Dilemmas and Options

It’s the last day of September and many children have been back in school for almost a month (or longer). By now, we’ve established our new (and earlier) morning routines, which for my children includes having their backpacks ready and lunch bags packed. On occasion, my children will have the school lunch rather than a bag lunch. And I always…

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