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Will Your Kids Always Come Home? Our Influence on Our Kids’ Values #Responsibility

Will Your Kids Always Come Home? Our Influence on Our Kids’ Values #Responsibility

Mini-Me My daughter and I shared a laugh when I realized we both put on the same t-shirt, a fan shirt for one of our favorite books. With her bright orange fan-girl shirt, curly brown hair, and green eyes, she looked just like a mini-me. Some days it is like looking in the mirror. My kids will use one of my phrases, with the exact same inflection. Depending on what they’re mimicking, I either swell with pride … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9-11 (Elementary), Charity, Health, Values Education

Keep The Lines of Communication Open #Responsibility

Keep The Lines of Communication Open #Responsibility

With my pre-teen, I find a lot of parenting is prep-work, laying down the foundation for the teenage years.She already has the basics of childhood. Everything she really needed to know in Kindergarten has been learned and reinforced. Looking both ways before crossing the street, doing unto others, avoiding stranger danger, wearing a helmet while bicycling…we got this. At this point, we are having a lot of discussions about teenage and adult-type situations I hope do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Values Education

Resilience and Academic Integrity at Monsters University #DisneySMMoms

Resilience and Academic Integrity at Monsters University #DisneySMMoms

When we were invited to a sneak-peek screening of Monsters University at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, I was expecting an entertaining, perhaps even clever prequel to the fun Monsters, Inc. At most, I was worried that the college humor would go over the heads of my young kids. I was not expecting to have a conversation with my six year old about resilience and academic integrity. With Monsters University back in theaters for Labor … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drop-Out, Intrapersonal, Values Education

Cultivating a “Can Do” Attitude #DisneySMMoms

Cultivating a “Can Do” Attitude #DisneySMMoms

Back when I did theater improv, there was a “Yes, and…” rule. You could not shut down someone’s ideas with a “no.” Instead, you had to accept their idea and then build on it with your own. As parents, we feel responsible for saying “no” a lot. Of course, no, you cannot eat only chocolate all day, no, you cannot give  your baby sister to the bears at the zoo, and no, you cannot skateboard off … Read entire article »

Filed under: Interpersonal, Values Education

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

“Lead with your values” is good advice for a well-lived life. As it turns out, it is a good practice for brands, too, according to Jackie Huba, author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and a speaker at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Throughout the Celebration / Conference, Disney took the opportunity to highlight the company’s values. As someone who has admitted ambivalence about the “princess culture,” and as a … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Media, Values Education