HOW CAN WE TRAIN CHILDREN TO LISTEN—REALLY LISTEN?

  Children have a hard time listening. You carefully explain what you want them to do, and they turn around and do something completely different. Exasperated, you ask, “Were you not listening?”   Listening is an acquired skill necessary to be fully present and fully engaged.    Listening is an… Read moreHOW CAN WE TRAIN CHILDREN TO LISTEN—REALLY LISTEN?

WHEN DOES LEARNING BEGIN?

  Children are born with much more intelligence than we credit them. We assume that because they cannot talk, i.e. articulate thoughts in verbal communication, they are incapable of thinking. “Thoughts must be verbalized before they can exist or legitimately be called thoughts,” we say. In fact, babies begin to… Read moreWHEN DOES LEARNING BEGIN?

MY IMPERFECT DAD

Dads are not perfect. Mine certainly was not. In fact, I can recall very few times of memorable engagement with my dad. Yet, my dad greatly influenced what I am today. During my first teaching assignment, I discovered three powerful realities about kids and fathers. They helped define my personal… Read moreMY IMPERFECT DAD

OUTSTANDING MOTHER AWARD

  The many little things that mothers do shape personality and character in their children. I thank God for the mother who gave birth to me. Besides the gift of life, my mother instilled in me values that I treasure. After Sumas Lake—in southern British Columbia between Abbotsford and Chilliwack—was… Read moreOUTSTANDING MOTHER AWARD