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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Back to School: The Importance of Developing Strong Social Skills

As parents and children eagerly anticipate the return to school, many questions and perhaps even some anxieties can begin to emerge.  Children may ask, “Will I be able to do the next year’s work?”  “Will it be interesting?”  “Will I like my teacher?”  “Will my friends be in my class?”  And of course, parents too have their questions: “Will this teacher like and understand my child?”  “Will my child be happy in this learning environment?”  Teachers also have their fair share of ...

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Anti-Bullying Week directs attention to the issues associated with bullying. Bullying is a significant problem which exists everywhere in our society: from board rooms, to office workplaces, to motorists on roadways, to shopping malls, sports fields, to children in schools, etc., and is even prevalent within some families. Bullying directed towards another person or groups of people, can occur in the form of manipulation, intimidation, teasing, gossip, insults, and exclusion. These can also be evident in ...

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Steve Jobs once said, “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” Unfortunately in today’s society, the attitude and standard ‘good enough’ is accepted as an acceptable standard in our busy, fast paced world of short-termed product and disposable goods. I am concerned that ‘excellence’ in most endeavours is likely beyond the frame of reference for many people and their expectations, believing that ‘good enough’ is sufficient! Some may be ...

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Memorable Summer Adventures – Just Do It!

Summer adventures and family fun do not require expensive vacations or exotic getaways for a memorable experience. The key to a fun-filled summer is in the planning.  Get out the kitchen calendar, gather the kids together, and plan a summer adventure for each weekend.  Ask your children what they have always wanted to do, and think about places you would like to visit.  Check the local newspapers for ideas of what is going on in your community.  Have each family member choose an event they would like to attend, ...

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