Category Archives: Disobedience

You’re Not the Boss of Me (Respectfully)

Our children are inundated with demands from the adults in their lives…. What an exhausting way to parent, especially when there are more effective ways to get the job done. –Maren Schmidt On a recent trip from Chicago to Oakland … Continue reading

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Authority and Boundaries

 It’s 5:15 pm. Mom is at the stove making dinner. Her six-year-old Brittany sees a bag of candy canes that her mother just brought home for Christmas decorations, and says, “Mommy, can I have a candy cane?” “It’s close to … Continue reading

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Defining an Educator’s Role in Self-Actualization

Michael was driving his father Josef crazy. Getting Michael to do his homework was always a bit of a challenge ever since he started getting homework in the third grade. But what was a challenge in the third grade became … Continue reading

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Treat Kids As If Social Responsibility is a Natural Act

Treat Kids As If Social Responsibility is a Natural Act Most Americans would expect that if you put 200 children in one room for an hour near the end of the school year there would be some discipline problems. Last … Continue reading

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Justice and Bullying

on the seat of justice In a bit of a rage, a teacher brought a kindergartner to my office saying, “Francis has been disrespectful to me, but I don’t have time to deal with it now. I have to get … Continue reading

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