Category Archives: Disobedience

Don’t Get Mad; Get Creative (revisited)

Margaret had a classic class clown in her second grade one year. Ruben was smart, active, inquisitive, and made the class laugh several times a day, disrupting Margaret’s lessons. She found him infuriating, but fury was not recognized as an … Continue reading

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Frustrating Teenager Behavior: What’s a Mother to Do?

Diane whose teenager, Laura, hadn’t earned her allowance “in forever” because she never finished her chores all the way, decided to try a different tack and ask Laura for some advice. Diane said, “I have an employee who wants to … Continue reading

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Why Kids Bully Some Teachers and Idolize Others.

In response to last week’s post about bringing your whole self to the table, an old friend (not that old, actually) asked: “When I was a student, and also when I was a parent watching our kids go through school, … Continue reading

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Education is Leadership

Last August at the West Hollywood Library in the children’s room I witnessed a real pro in charge of seven two year-olds. 
What I observed was a model of education as leadership, leadership that created the conditions for the children … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Challenge, Children, Conflict and Issues, Creativity, decision-making, Discipline, Disobedience, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Genius, Leadership, Learning community, Mistakes, parenting, Play, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Standards, Success, Teaching, terrible two's | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Disobedience and Authority: A Teenager Tells It Like It Is

When our children are new, we try to mold family life—including our children’s behavior—into the way we want it. By the time our children enter kindergarten, we have done so much training that children are hard-wired with our values: be … Continue reading

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