mental health

4 Things a Worried Child Should Never Hear


When children are little, they worry, but may not understand why. There may be no logical evidence to support it, but it is real to them, nonetheless. It is real enough to provoke a real nervous system response. Worry is anxiety. It sometimes surfaces with a barrage of questions that seem to come out of […]

Kindergartner + Stress = A Personal Day?


A nearby community has a wonderful, play-based preschool cooperative. Several of the teachers are my former students and I was invited to attend their monthly meetings whenever I could… joining in conversations with staff and families about child development, preschool, parenting… life. I’ve been to 4 of these sessions and so far, it’s been interesting […]

Downtime: Necessary for Children’s Mental Health & 21st-Century Skills

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Think back to your own childhood and the amount of downtime you had. Do you remember lying on your back outdoors, looking for creatures in the clouds? Playing outside with friends and having the freedom to choose whatever game you wanted to play, or whatever drama you wanted to enact? Being alone in your bedroom, […]

You’re Not Mental

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I hope everyone knows the above quote. If not, you need to stop reading this andNetflixthis movie! I’ve done it, you’ve done it, and everyone you’ve worked with has done it. At some point, you’ve taken a day off, but you didn’t use a vacation day, you weren’t sick, and you did things just for […]

How To Balance Work and Life as a Teacher

I know it’s hard… Being a teacher is probably one of the most demanding jobs that exists in terms of the commitment, passion, and dedication that it requires. In some jobs, you put your time in, go home and relax, and forget about the challenges of the day, that customer that complained, that client who […]

Contemplation Music Writing for Educators

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For the new school year, why not try a little “day music” to get educators acquainted with themselves, colleagues, and students in a professional development session? My Contemplation Music Writing Project helped students find inner peace and I believe it will work with teachers. But you might be wondering how I can make this leap […]

Right Person, Right Place, Right Time…

I was driving home and was less than 15 minutes from my destination. I was excited to see my family and to also say good-bye to some family members that were in town. I was driving in the passing lane of a two-lane highway with a wide median, when I saw something that shook me […]

Technology Use in Teenagers and Children Shaping New Health Problems

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The innovative age of technology continues to inspire youth, both teenagers and children. This technology, however, may be causing serious health problems across young generations as well. And teenagers are embracing technology more than any other age demographic. According to statistics portal Statista, smartphone users between the ages of 18 and 24 spend over 90 […]

A Toy Truck…


If you have not heardabout the shooting of Charles Kinsey while he was working with a23-year-old autistic patient who was playing with a toy truck,read and watch the videobefore you proceed with this. Caught up? Okay good, let’s talk. My friendJon Harperwrote apiecerecently challenging us to discuss the uncomfortable and begin to have meaningful dialogue […]

The Case for Mental Health Days


I’m not a mental health professional. I’m not a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a social worker, or a counselor. What I’m about to say is grounded only in my practice as a teacher, my life as a parent, and my volunteerism as a leader in my faith community. In our school system we’ve been spending a […]