Back to School Series, Part 5 – Happiness

Back to schoolMany kids are already back in school (thank goodness mine are!), and those that aren’t will be starting soon, so to wrap-up our “Back to School Series”, let’s talk briefly about Happiness. Continue reading

Start the School Year by Taking “The Pledge”

My World PledgeI can’t believe the first day of school is only 2 days away! 48 hours, 2,880 minutes, 172,800 seconds… do you think I might be counting?!

I was lying in bed last night thinking about what my hopes are for each of my children this coming school year.  In addition to personal and emotional growth, and all things academic, my hopes include that they be good (good scholars, good friends, good citizens), kind, compassionate, respectful and celebratory of differences they might recognize in their classmates and peers.  And, hopefully, they’ll be the recipients of similar behaviors.

Earlier this year I introduced you to the “My World Friends Pledge”.  I think this is a great way for all of our kids to start off the school year.  You can find the Pledge at  Imagine how different our world would be if everyone lived by the Pledge!

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about The Pledge and how these important topics can be woven into daily, light-hearted conversation with your children.

Until then… be kind to one another!

Back to School Series, Part 4 – Accountability

Back to schoolAs we inch closer to the first day of school, there is much to be done to prepare our children… school clothes/uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies are some of the standard checklist items.  What about mentally preparing our kids to jump back into the routine?  Are you talking with your kids about your hopes and expectations for them this year?  Accountability is an excellent topic to touch-on.

Definition of Accountability
1. the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.

Last week we talked about responsibility, the relative synonym of accountability.  Let’s be sure and understand the difference between the two:

“Accountability” is being answerable to others for your actions, or lack thereof.
“Responsibility” is being liable and dependable when it comes to tasks or actions.

Accountability leads to responsibility. Last week, I used my daughter forgetting to write down her homework assignment, as an example.  I can encourage her to be resourceful in hopes of getting the information she needs, but I will also need to remind her that it’s her responsibility to come home with the assignment.  Further, she needs to understand that the consequences for not getting the information and completing the assignment will be accountability to her teacher the next morning.  What that “accountability” entails is up to the teacher… sitting out of recess to complete the assignment, being given extra math problems, writing down 5 things that she’ll do in the future so it doesn’t happen again, etc.

Essential Questions:
How can we help our children think about accountability before they
take (or don’t take) action?

Being the “A Type” gal that I am, I like lists and charts!  I think a great way to get your children thinking about being accountable for their actions (or non-actions) is to lay it out for them in the simplest format possible and include them in tracking their actions day to day.  The more we talk to them about being accountable and reward them with our time and attention in tracking their progress, the more natural accountability will come to them.  They will also exhibit a great sense of pride in their accomplishments… I call that a “win-win”!

What are some ways that you’ve created a culture of accountability with your kids and in your home?  Do tell!  Let’s keep the dialogue going.  By sharing our thoughts and ideas we can help each other nurture accountability in our young citizens!

Until next time…

Much love,

Back To School Series, Part 3 – Responsibility

Back to schoolAs we prepare to send our children back to school, another excellent conversation to have with them is on Responsibility.

It’s clear that depending on age, responsibilities and our expectations of such will vary. Continue reading

Back to School Series, Part 2 – Empathy

Back to schoolAs we prepare to send our kids back to school, another great conversation to have with them is about empathy. Continue reading

Back to School Series, Part 1 – Addressing Differences

Back to schoolIt’s hard to believe the beginning of the school year is right around the corner.  With that in mind, I hope to get you thinking about ways you can better prepare your kids for the transition back to life in the classroom.

One of my personal goals Continue reading