A Skill to Celebrate Effort: Presentation and Reflection

The cycle of education is marked by starts and endings. One solitary deep breath after an assignment, essay, or project is completed, and the mind easily transitions to another task.  Yet the connection between the assignment and the grade is missing one important link, reflection. Verbal Reflection: From the moment a preschooler creates something original, […]

For Teens By Teens A New Movement

Due to a widespread and ongoing media blitz, a movement entitled “Me Too” has come to the attention of the majority of Americans. The Me Too movement has witnessed an upswing in awareness of sexual harassment and violence in America, and especially in the workplace. However, sexual abuse is not only running rampant at work, […]

Dining Etiquette for Kids: 11 Tips

Hello!  My name is Rosey, and I’m the restaurant reviewer for our sister magazine, Forsyth Woman.  After over twelve years of restaurant reviewing, I’ve developed some pretty strong opinions about etiquette in restaurants.  The truth is, good manners never go out of style, whether you’re dining at home or in a restaurant.  So much of […]

The Professional Athletic Mindset

Seventy-five percent of American families have at least one school-aged child participating in an organized sport.  On the surface, it may appear today’s youth have disengaged from a sedentary lifestyle, and are happily balancing physical exercise with fun!   The following statistics send a more powerful message: 2.6 million youth ranging in age from 5 to […]

Teaching and Practicing Active Listening Skills

Distraction plays an important part in how well we are able to focus on conversation. Environmental sounds, the television or radio, distant conversations, our cell phones or even the niggling worry of our own difficulties interfere with our ability to listen. How often do we engage our children in conversation requesting them to stop, stand […]

From The Book Shelf: April 2018

Each month I spotlight two books guaranteed to delight readers and provide fun activities to further extend the meaning of each reading experience. With so many wonderful titles available, this is no easy task! I bring a 34-year teaching career, literacy expertise, and a passion for creating joyful readers of every column I write. I certainly hope […]

Searching for the Perfect Summer Camp

BY ANDREA EVERHART Wondering what summer camp should look like for your child?  Over the past few years, visions of bunk-lined cabins nestled in the woods, canoe paddles dipping in rippling waters and marshmallows melting on sticks by the campfire have morphed a bit. Sailboats bobbing in a bay, jet skis skidding through wavy lakes […]

Just Serve with JustServe

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” I can attest to this. Some days, when I’m mindlessly bingeing on some show that I’ve gotten hooked on and getting that “too-much-TV-headache,” these lines I learned from a song in my childhood pop into my head: […]

Dealing with and Preventing Childhood Trauma

BY ROBERT FEIKEMA, President & CEO of Family Services On Sunday, March 11, 2018, the CBS show 60 Minutes aired an important segment on childhood trauma and resilience. The story was the brain child of Oprah Winfrey, who said, “Trauma leaves a hole in the soul, and unless you fix the trauma that has caused […]

At the Heart of Real Estate: Meet Jody and Ashley

For most, buying a home is the biggest purchase they will ever make.  And it’s not a simple matter of just picking out a house.  Two of the most important decisions will be your choice of real estate agent and lender.  Working with professionals who not only know what they are doing, but also know […]

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