Category Archives: Forgiveness

The Importance of Being New at Rosh Hashanah

 Genius: (n) the tutelary spirit of a person, place or institution.  At sundown yesterday, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year started. I always felt that it was part of the genius of Judaism that they had the wisdom to start the … Continue reading

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Positive Parenting vs Being a Parent = Reality Parenting

Reality Parenting Bob and Carol have a blended family with two children each. Carol’s son Ben at 13 is the oldest of the four. Both parents work, so one of the challenges they have is having family time, all six … Continue reading

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School Bus Bullying? Look Who’s Taking Responsibility and Who’s Not.

I’m shocked! Shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here. —Claude Rains in “Casablanca”  In Upstate New York last week, four seventh graders cruelly and mercilessly mocked a 68-year old bus monitor, and one of them caught 14 … Continue reading

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Can Teachers Make Mistakes?

“Tell me about how it is okay for teachers to make mistakes,” Michelle said. “I am both a teacher and a parent,” she went on. “As a parent, when you make a mistake, you can acknowledge it, change your mind, make … Continue reading

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Peace, Joy, Love and Being Wrong

 We wish each other peace, joy and love this time of year. Seems like a simple way to happiness. Why is it so hard? At Christmas Eve dinner with friends someone asked the question, “If your life could be any … Continue reading

Posted in Anger, Authority, Brain Development, Challenge, Character, Children, Conflict and Issues, Creativity, decision-making, Education, Failure, Forgiveness, Fun, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, Joy, Mistakes, parenting, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Self-esteem, Success, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments