Healthy Tips

don't snooze you lose

Back in 2013 I wrote a series of articles about low-cost or no-cost health tips. I thought it was time to dust them off and send them out again. The information I shared then is as pertinent as ever. Enjoy the Kids Talk Health Series. Simply click on the title or picture to go to […]


FREE WEBINAR: Planning For Summer Fun!

Planning For Summer Fun

Are you concerned about having enough activities to full up the entire summer? At home and at school? In this “instant” webinar, Planning For Summer Fun… Parent or teacher you’ll learn: How to  co-create with children a summer full of fun on-target activities. How to prepare the indoors and outdoors. Tips for road trip activities. […]


Why Children Struggle With Academics

Why children struggle with academics

When we see children struggle with basic academics–reading, writing and arithmetic– there can be many underlying situations, but issues usually cluster around these three areas: Illiteracy Innumeracy  Lack of social-emotional skills Illiteracy What I mean by illiteracy is the inability to read and write fluently.  Children feeling defeated by the lessons put in front of […]


Want Some Additional Parenting Tools?

create a relationship toolbox

With so many of us at home 24/7 with our children right now, it’s not surprising to have moments (days?) where we wish we had a little more experience in dealing with the day-to-day issues of working with our children. If you feel that a few more tools to add to your parenting toolbelt might […]


Why You Should Pay Your Child’s School Tuition

(even if your school is closed) Over the past couple of weeks with school closures due to the COVID-19 emergency, school leaders and parents have voiced concerns to me about school tuition.  “Several families have requested tuition refunds since we are closed and not offering our contracted services,” said one head of school. “Why should […]


Learning Games For Your Preschooler

Learning Games for your Preschooler

Are you running out of ways to keep your preschooler engaged? Here are five of my favorite games from the classroom that are easy to start right away. I Spy Game This is a simple game to help children with reading readiness in terms of phonemic awareness, or being able to hear the individual sounds […]


7 Habits Of Highly Effective School Leaders

7 habits of highly effective people

Positive change. How do we know which direction to head when we decide we want to be more effective. The ideas from the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, are a good place to start.  Here is a series of articles to help you on your journey to be a […]


Habit 8 | Find Your Voice

Habit 8 Find your voice

Over the past two weeks I’ve shared insights from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People. In 2004 Covey published The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness To Greatness. In The 8th Habit Covey urges us to find our voice and help others find their voice.  One idea from this book that I use almost every […]


Habit 7 | Sharpen The Saw

sharpen the saw

Carpenters and cooks know a certain rule of productivity. A sharp well-maintained tool makes a job go faster and easier. Plus, tools that are ready to go are a pleasure to use. One of facts of life that I understand now, that I didn’t appreciate in my 20‘s, 30, or 40’s, is that our physical […]


Habit 6 | Synergize

Synergize

Synergize? When I first read The 7 Habits, this idea of synergize lacked clarity for me. Covey subtitles this chapter on synergy as Principles of Creative Cooperation. As I incorporated the first five habits into my life, though, synergy appeared in my life. As I worked to put my ideas into action, solutions to setbacks […]