The Great Family Christmas Book Discovery

If you used to read “the Night before Christmas” to your kids on Christmas, but decided they outgrew it, or even if you still do; if your children grew up and now have children of their own; or even if you think you grew up and don’t even have children around to help you celebrate Christmas, this book is for you: Mr. Dog’s Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn, by Albert Bigelow Paine. Continue reading

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Our Children Want Us to Sing this Song

Our Children Want Us to Sing this Song; so pass it on.

Happy Holidays.

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Loneliness

Young people are among the loneliest of all Americans. Schools that teach kids how to deal with feelings of isolation could help put a dent in the epidemic, writes Ashley Fetters in “To Prevent Loneliness, Start in the Classroom” (Atlantic, Oct 17.) Continue reading

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Authority

At nine months, granddaughter Zoe, pulled herself into a standing position at a small wooden stool in our kitchen. Her cousins were nearby, and five-year-old Ilyas put a small square block in front of her. With dramatic force, she swatted it off with her right hand. This authoritative self-assertion delighted all observers. Continue reading

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CHARACTER, CONFLICT AND CREATIVITY

Your character is the you that’s becoming. It’s the “Little Engine that Could” that keeps driving you toward what you need to make of yourself. For the ancient Greeks, kharakter is the mark that the gods put on your soul at birth. Character is the self that we are self-actualizing, our inner author, the source of our authority, our calling. Character development is not a part of education, but education itself. Continue reading

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