Be the type of person you want to meet. Imagine that today is the first day of school. What impression do you want to give to your children and their families? The answer should hopefully be the same impression that we strive to give every day, but sometimes life gets in the way and it … Continue reading Who Will Your Kids Meet Today?
A simple search on Google provides many articles about burnout being a key reason why teachers leave the profession. Burnout doesn’t just come from the negative aspects of teaching, – workload, being seen as a professional, the tiny chairs (my chiropractor is not a fan!!). The emotional turmoil of one minute having pure joy when … Continue reading Character Strengths
The World Health Organization has officially declared burn-out as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ in the International Classification of Diseases (2019). Burn-out is defined in ICD-11 as follows:“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:1. feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;2. increased … Continue reading Play-Life Balance: Resilience
How real, forced, or non-existent are the smiles you give the children in your life? It matters. https://vimeo.com/363042181
As a Project Happiness Ambassador I take great pride in sharing the current 21 Day Happiness Habit Challenge over on my Facebook and Instagram (go take a look if you haven’t already!) Today it just happened to line up perfectly with my training session about Conscious Discipline! I decided to make a note of it … Continue reading Less To-Do, More to Be
Last month I wrote about how we should strive to have a play-life balance – interweaving play into our work day so that we can reap the benefits while still doing our jobs. One of these playful activities you can do either on your own or with the children/staff/families that you work with is a … Continue reading Play-Life Balance: Gratitude
Today is my wedding anniversary! Paul and I have been together for a total of thirteen years now (what?!) and four years ago we flew from England to get married in New York City. Eighteen months later we flew from England again to live in Arkansas for Paul’s work. A LOT of stuff has happened … Continue reading Love Is All You Need
Have you ever watched or listened to a teacher or caregiver and thought, “You don’t even sound like you like children. Why on earth do you choose to spend your days with them?” Have you ever listened to an adult talk to a child and thought, “Clearly, you see this child as an inconvenience. Why … Continue reading You Liked Playing School