The Languages of Parenting, by Susan Beyler

The Languages of Parenting, by Susan Beyler

I think……..

Momspeak is the language of encouraging the child to explore all the space available to them within a set of boundaries. These boundaries can be somewhat fluid, since, as the parent we are present to identify a problem early in its development.

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Creating Community and Connection: Finding My Tribe, by Larkin Oates

Creating Community and Connection: Finding My Tribe, by Larkin Oates

Carrying a basket of striped sock monkeys and assorted stuffed animals, I grab my tea and enter the casual lounge space. The three people wait as I then settle into my seat. We gather here because one woman dared to ask for help when experiencing personal despair. Specifically, she asked us to facilitate an intensive daylong inward journey.

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Pippin's Quest for Meaning Reveals Enlightenment at Home, by Larkin Oates

Pippin's Quest for Meaning Reveals Enlightenment at Home, by Larkin Oates

Saturday night, my family and I enjoyed the vibrant, acrobatic, and often humorous revival of the Broadway musical Pippin. The Cirque de Soleil backdrop for the story, added by Director Diane Paulus was brilliant. That coupled with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the show had us all spell bound. In this story, King Charlemagne’s son Pippin seeks his life’s deeper purpose. Historically set around 800 AD, the performance was a visually stunning mix of medieval, Barnum and Bailey, and late 1800’s steampunk imagery, punctuated by Pilates balls and aerial silks.

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Jungle Blessing, by guest blogger Charlotte Mabry, Ed.D.

Jungle Blessing, by guest blogger Charlotte Mabry, Ed.D.

A few years ago, I went to Rwanda. I trained for months to have my body ready and able to hike hours in the jungle to see the gorillas Dian Fossey gave her life protecting. I had dreamed of seeing these giant animals whose DNA is almost identical to ours. I had not imagined the impact of seeing them on my mind and my spirit.

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"'God Saw That it Was Good', And I Do Too", by guest blogger Jacqueline DeSelms-Wolfe

One thing I have been told over and over again is that expectations can affect everything. I tend to always have overly optimistic expectations about any new endeavor I've started. When I first accepted this teaching position, I imagined the bliss and excitement of affecting students' lives. I imagined the summers off, ignoring the 9 months before actually having the summer off. I imagined that my all of my "honors level" students wouldn't give me any grief and that they all would be overachievers that would always turn in their homework on time.

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