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Raising a "Cool Kind Kid"

Early in the morning in December, 2001, shortly after 9/11, I was awakened with the following poem in my head.  I tried for two hours to go back to sleep, but it persisted.  I finally got up and wrote it down.  It hasn't changed since then, except for the addition of one stanza when I [...]

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Celebrate the Holidays like Cool Kind Kids

Thanksgiving Holiday RecollectionsWhen the kids came into class, Ms. Gilmour welcomed them by asking them if they enjoyed their Thanksgiving break.  Tanner, Nicole, Rudy, Carmen, Stephen, and Mario all wanted to be first to share.  One by one, they each shared what they did for Thanksgiving, including who they were with, friends and family they [...]

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Top Tips for Parents Making Family Travel Plans

Top Tips for Parents Making Family Travel PlansWhen it comes to making travel arrangements for your whole family, things can quickly become complicated. How can you keep things simple and enjoyable for everyone? Here is key advice for planning trips that are both fun and easy for each family member. Start with a Great AttitudeGoing on a trip with children, [...]

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Win! Lose! The Importance of Both

I read a great article recently about how every child should have the experience of winning. And, it mentioned that every child should be spared the pain of losing. It was addressing the current thinking that each child should be a winner, whether or not they put forth their best effort, or practiced to become better at whatever they [...]

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Halloween Tips for Cool Kind Kids

Cool Kind Kids…1. Choose a costume that they are comfortable wearing2. Choose a costume that makes them feel great3. Choose a costume that is large enough to wear over their coat4. Choose a costume that doesn’t cover their face or eyes5. Only go trick or treating where parents/caregivers have approved6. Never go alone to a [...]

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GUEST BLOG POST- by Laura Pearson

Cost-Effective Tips for Helping Your Kids Tackle New HobbiesLooking for some new activities that are actually good for your kids? Also, are you looking to cut costs and save money in the process? The best hobbies for your kids are the ones that keep them learning while having fun, but these activities also keep you from dipping into [...]

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10 Ways Cool Kind Kids Reject Bullying

10 Ways Cool Kind Kids Reject Bullying1.  Cool Kind Kids...Stand up for a friend who is being bullied.  When a friend is being bullied is a good time to remember The Golden Rule - "Treat others the way that you want to be treated."  If you were the one being bullied, would you want your [...]

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It's "Cool" to Live The Golden Rule

It’s “Cool” to Live The Golden Ruleby Barbara GilmourHello, again! My grandson, Tanner, has brought some friends today. When Tanner told his friends about our conversation last time, about how to be “cool” and “kind,” they all wanted to be part of the group. I introduced myself to Francie, Rudy, Carmen, Nicole, Stephen, and Mario. I [...]

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GUEST BLOG POST- Tina Nocera, Parental Wisdom

[Sorry this is after the day - computer problems]The legacy grandparents need to leave behindWhen you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes.But when you photograph people in black and white you photograph their souls. – Ted Grant Looking at old family photos we recognize the elders in younger days. Today, their smiling [...]

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GUEST BLOG POST- Tina Nocera, Parental Wisdom

Growing our future heroesWith the passing of John McCain, we have lost the best example of service and courage. He served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.In reading the memorials, there was a recurring theme that I felt would be best represented in a word cloud.In John McCain’s own words…“It is [...]

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