Aubrey (name changed to protect identity) jumped off the bleachers during gym class and ran over to Haleigh (name changed).  Apparently Haleigh had been bullying Aubrey for quite some time and Aubrey was not going to take it anymore.  She grabbed Haleigh by the hair and began to punch her in the side of the head.  

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Fight!  Fight!  Fight!

May 31, 2018


Wax On, Wax Off

May 15, 2018

To say I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl is an understatement.  Finally, a Karate Kid reunion has taken place! No...I’m not talking about the sorry excuse for a remake they did in 2010.  I’m talking about the classic 1984 version.

Daniel Larusso vs Johnny Lawrence.  Wax on, wax off. Paint the fence. Paint the house.  Mr. Miyagi. Cobra Kai. The crane kick. So many memories and lessons!

Spoiler alert!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Almost every time I teach my daughter something, the first question out of her mouth is, “But, why?”  She’s curious. She wants to know. She realizes that there is the possibility for deeper knowledge. There’s a reason for each lesson.  And, while she’s at such a young age, the “why” is easy to explain. (Until it gets so deep to where a Ph.D. would have to step in.)

As I tour the country and talk with students, parents and teachers in all kinds of environments, I am met with the exact same question.  It’s obvious that the traditional strategies of dealing with bullying are not working. In fact, it looks like things are getting worse as time goes on.

But, why?  

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But, Why?

May 1, 2018


1...2...3...4...5...

Forgive me for getting sentimental here.  This week is my daughter’s 5th birthday.  The big 5.  One whole hand!  And I know it’s cliche, but it’s really hard to believe.  If anyone knows the story behind her birth, she truly is a miracle child.  

Lately, I’ve been remembering what a lot of people have told me over the last 5 years: “Treasure every moment because they grow so fast.”  

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5

February 26, 2018


{Tap...tap...tap…}  Hello?!  Is this thing on?  Hello?!  Are we good?  {Tap...tap…}

Kids say the darndest things.  They are definitely good for a laugh every now and then.  I know my kids are hilarious!  But sometimes, kids, no matter what age, say some things that make you sit back and think, “Wow!  When did my kid get smarter than me?"

The other day I was able to sit down with a group of about 15 middle school students and just chat.  

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Hello?!  Is This Thing On?

January 25, 2018


With all of the avenues being used to raise awareness about bullying lately, (TV commercials, articles, Pixar shorts, songs, celebrity endorsements, social media posts, etc.) why not a movie, right?  Wonder, the new movie about a boy with a genetic facial deformity, does just that.  Hollywood sure does a great job of instilling values in 90 minutes.  However, probably not in a way many of us are expecting.

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Wonder

December 21, 2017


Dear Keaton Jones (and everyone else in his shoes):

I’ve seen your video.  I’ve seen the media coverage.  I’ve seen the celeb support.  I’ve seen the attitudes of the public change from “Stand up for Keaton!” to “His mother is a racist, he deserves what he got, and more!”  

I understand, and know full well, what you’re going through.  I know what it’s like to get into the safe and secure sanctum of Mom’s car, feeling like the entire world is crashing down on me, and just let the tears flow.  Mom’s shoulder, Dad’s chest, my pillow and several stuffed animals have all acted as sponges over the years to soak up the tears of hurt caused by others.  

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Dear Keaton Jones

December 15, 2017


Are We Insane?

November 20, 2017

Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  So, I wonder…

Are we insane?

Throughout this school year, I have gotten emails upon emails from counselors and principals BEGGING for help in the realm of bullying.  “The guidance lessons we’ve been using aren’t doing anything.”  “The kids don’t take them seriously.”  “We’ve seen a spike in bullying and mean behavior."  

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