Free to Be

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf I sent you outside right now, how many of the plants and insects in your immediate environment could you name? How about your children… could they name more, or less, than you? Do you know, from experience, that if you take an ant from the backyard and put it with a trail of ants from the front yard that usually, not always but usually, the front yard ants will attack and kill that backyard ant in what appears to be a frenzy?!

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What does it take to guide our children successfully?

sandyhook I was listening to the snippet from Sesame Street (you can check it out below) about children and stressful events. You know, the one that is circulating heavily since Fridays event at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Of course, those familiar and well-meaning characters are advising children who are feeling upset or fearful to go talk to a grownup about it. That can certainly be sound advice… as long as the grownup they choose to turn to is not equally stirred up and off center.

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Saturday Sillies – How to make a paper gun that shoots ninja stars

paper gun that shoots ninja stars It’s Saturday and I’ve decided to devote Saturday’s to sharing silly, fun, creative and/or intriguing things. (my version of Saturday morning cartoons :-)) So today… it’s a video about how to make a very cool paper gun that really, really works! Well, if shooting paper ninja stars is what you’re going for…

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