Category Archives: challenges

Recognizing Each Child’s Particular Genius

What we might consider idiosyncrasies or problems may very well indicate a child’s strengths. Continue reading

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I Heckle, You Heckle, Let’s All Heckle

Hecklers were people who were knowledgeable and alert to hypocrisy. They were aware how easily something nasty can snag what’s useful into uselessness until it’s pulled free. Nearly everyone I know is, by that definition, a heckler. Continue reading

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A New Curse Word

Bet you’ve used this curse word today. Continue reading

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How To Walk Your Talk

It’s downright uncomfortable to cultivate positive new habits, but that’s part of a four stage process you didn’t know you’re going through. Continue reading

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Feeding Creativity With Constraints

Challenges are imagination stretchers. They open us to new ways of seeing and understanding. If they’re oddly entertaining, even better. Continue reading

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Pride Goes Before Tiny Bite Marks

I thought, probably with obnoxious smugness, that my wonderful parenting had something to do with how well my kids were turning out. That was before my son started biting. Continue reading

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Where Fascination Leads

Do a small child’s fears and fascinations have something to do with a uniqueness he’s trying to live out, a sort of “acorn” of destiny? Continue reading

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