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Lessons Learned – On Authenticity

Lessons Learned

By Katherine Goodsell M.ED

Lessons Learned From Gang Kids:

I usually write about Aspergers and Autism but I think my goal here is also to help people make connections in their lives experiences and how they can relate those to other peoples lives. So I will begin with this story. 

After the arrival of my eldest son ...

Disciplining a Child: Still Acceptable?

As the years change and different generations are born, spanking or over-disciplining your child in society is deemed a little more ill-favored due to research studies. But why? I don’t know if anyone, parent or child, has noticed, but children now of days are a lot more spoiled, rude, and nasty towards their parents and society. Me personally, I think that children need t…

Because of Maria

As a young girl I was obsessed with Sesame Street. I actively looked for the iconic green and white sign on long car drives and searched for it on maps. I wanted to find Sesame Street more than anything in the world. I wanted to help Big Bird prove that Snuffy was real. I wanted to sleep over at Ernie and Bert’s. I wanted to see how deep Oscar’s trashcan went. But more than …

Getting Boys to Read

The more that you read,

the more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

the more places you’ll go.

~ Dr. Seuss ~

Sunshine streams through my window. I’m enjoying a mug of strong, black coffee and reading the results of the latest scientific study: Experts research…

“Isn’t it Ironic?”

When I was sixteen, Alanis Morissette’s, “Ironic,” was quite the popular anthem. While I spent plenty of moments belting out its lyrics behind the wheel of my light-blue Chevy Corsica, I can’t imagine that I had true appreciation for the song’s message. At sixteen, irony isn’t always so easily recognized.

Not so at thirty-seven. At thirty-seven, irony seems to be ever…

Are Tantrums Evolving? All Signs Point to YES

It’s become apparent to me that tantrums are evolving. Yes, I mean tantrums thrown by children, namely, my youngest daughter, Caroline. She is four, which means she dissolves into a puddle of fury at even the slightest obstacle. Lately, I’m feeling ill-prepared for these episodes, and find myself trying to draw on the experiences I’ve had with my older daughter, Avery. This...

A Rant Not Intended For The Queasy.

WC, Toilette, Baño, Washroom, Potty. Call it what you will, when you live in an old Century home and share these four walls with humans of the male species the name becomes unimportant. There is no prettying it up either, even my incredibly talented Interior Designer of a husband is great at putting lipstick on this pig, but mama knows what is really in there. No decorat…



I saw my first firefly of the season last night as I watched the daylight turn to night. 

It’s a mystical and exciting herald of the pending summer. Every time someone asks me if I miss teaching, I always answer yes because I do. I miss the energy and the humor of being surrounded by hundreds of pubescent and pre-p…


Soon, it will be: hot, hot, hot! At least where I am sitting. 🙂 

In Canada, we spend months bemoaning the cold and dreaming of warmer days. Be careful what you wish for because it can get really hot at the height of summer! If your family is feeling the effects of the blistering sun, try some of these fun ways to beat the summer heat:


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Aunt Status

I just recently I became an aunt for the second time over and I love it. The first time was when my older brother had his son 13 years ago but now my baby sitter just had her first baby and it’s an amazing journey to watch.  

Now that I’m in my 30’s, I also enjoy being an aunt more now. I can do more with the baby, appreciate her, spoil her, love her but thankfull…

Starting a Journey into the Minecraft World/Relm

“Look, look, watch this you can put down a red stone all along here and then a leaver and watch you have a glowing light. Cool eh? Look at this over here I have tamed a donkey and see on the saddle I can store stuff, and watch here I can plant a seed and grow a tree, to make a tree fort. Oh here, I have mined enough iron to make a sword. Oops I need to go feed my dogs, they…

All About Anna and Andy

    After reading one of my books to a second-grade elementary class, during question time, one of the students asked me, “Why did you start writing children’s picture books about hummingbirds?” I had to stop and think a minute, and I answered her with this: One afternoon I went to look at our baby hummingbirds, Anna and Andy, on my back patio. When I got to their nest…

Make cleaning fun

 Trying to get your kids to clean? Make it fun. Try one of these ideas:

  1. Roll the dice. Assign a number to each chore and let your kids roll the dice to see which chore they get assigned to.
  2. Make a wheel chart. The outer wheel will have your kids’ names. The inner wheel will have the chores. Spin the wheel each week and see which chore each child ...
4th Trimester

Yep, that’s right! Just when you thought you made it through 3 trimesters there is one more waiting for you after birth. This fourth trimester might actually be the hardest one on you physically and emotionally.

The fourth trimester starts from the moment your baby is born until they are three months old. It is the period of when your newborn has come into this…

What parents of Kindergarteners should know.

Kindergarten is an exciting time in a child’s life. For some kids who attended daycare or nursery school it is a greater leap towards independence and deeper learning. For others, it is their first experience being away from their parent/caregiver for an extended period of time. The students who enter a kindergarten classroom are all coming from smaller communities,…

5 Ways to Help A Preemie Mom

Having a preemie can be a difficult time for a mom, and her family. I can vouch to this since I recently gave birth to a little girl at 29 weeks into my pregnancy. We recieved a lot of help from friends and loved ones, so here are a few of the most helpful things in our situation. 

1. Money- I feel a little superficial saying this, but its reality. The gas neede…

Education Outside the Classroom Part 2

In my previous article I discussed the parents role in their child’s education at home. I mentioned activities such as reading, playing make believe, building with lego or other materials, practicing essential skills (doing up zippers, tying their shoes, basic numeracy skills), playing games with hidden educational elements, as well as television. All of these an…

Education outside the classroom Part 1

After completing my first round of report cards as a teacher and a parent, I spent a lot of time thinking about my students strengths and needs, and how to help them be better learners. After a lot of thinking and conversation, I realized that while I could be doing my best to help students grow at school, there needed to be an equal effort happening at home. I th…

Attitude and Perspective

The last couple weeks of summer can be rough when you’re 9 months pregnant and your kids are tired. Especially when my attitude is this: “The kids are tired and crazy and I’m exhausted! Let’s get through this last week of summer.”

Lately, I’ve been able to go to bed early which helps me wake up by 5:30am (before anyone else in the home is up, which I lo…

20 Rainy Day Activity Ideas For Young Kids

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Below is a list of 20 rainy day activities that are sure to please your young kids. This list is sure to come in handy so make sure to save it!

1. Kinetic Sand is great for young kids because it never dries out. It’s a great sensory toy and ca…

Step Back

Today as we sat down to eat and I noticed the mess I would need to clean up after, I started to think how it used to be when I would just take care of myself and how easy that was. But how boring right? It was just a thought that sparked a little pondering. I feel like my whole life I have had young children, which of course isn’t true, but one day I won’t…

Say Hooray for Winter Learning!

This Winter Break Make it a Learning Time!

Now that Fall is on its way out and Winter is kicking in, help your child become proactive learner this winter break. Remember, where there is enthusiasm, learning is natural and exciting! Provide your eager to learn child an opportunity to observe, to experiment, to question, to reason; to discover and acquire know…


Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Praise Them Like This (but Most Parents Don’t)

A great article by Bill Murphy Jr.

What if I were to tell you that you could increase the odds that your kids will achieve great success in life–maybe greater success than you’ve had–simply by making a small change in how you praise them and talk about…