Bully Prevention Month 2015

Click on http://redpandanetwork.org/red-panda-wisdom-from-a-cub-called-rojo/    to see why Rojo fits in perfectly for Bully Prevention Month inspiration.

Click on RojoWhether you are big or small  to download a coloring page in English

RojoWhether you are big or smallEspanol2 to download a coloring page in Spanish


#BeKind #BeRespectful

School’s In

Rigor in the classroom. Click on the statement in green for an informative article on educational rigor written by Laurie Futterman in the Miami Herald on August, 11, 2015.

Rigor should not be confused with oppressive work load.  If you feel your child is overwhelmed with too much homework, speak up.  Talk to the teacher and be your student’s advocate.

Not all teachers or administrators fully understand how to implement rigor in a motivational way.  Plus our society’s innate laziness may initially counter it.  Self-discipline and delayed gratification are lost practices of our day.

I love what technology has to offer, but it too easily enables “dumb-ing down.” It’s not politically correct to bring up our weaknesses, ie. laziness, but we only fool ourselves by pretending they don’t exist.

While we embrace what technology has to offer, let us not forget to build a strong foundation with basic skills.  And may we remember to practice them often least they get lost while we push buttons.

#rigor #parenting

Endangered Species Day May 15, 2015

Special days like “Endangered Species Day” are designated to increase awareness and understanding of how humans can better care for their shared environment with a multitude of different species.

Click on EndangeredSpeciesDay2015 to open a complimentary lesson for 4th-6th Grade Students.    Check out “Rojo, The Baby Red Panda at the Zoo” to accompany.  After all books are critically endangered too.  Click on Beyond the Classroom: Books — a critically endangered species by Laurie Futterman


Autism Awareness Day

Feeling trapped in being completely misunderstood.  Struggling to fit in with the norm.  Acting out in frustrated emotion from the two.  And then the cycle starts all over.   Does this describe autism?

I wrote “Rojo, The Baby Red Panda at the Zoo” from observing how often those frustrated by whatever limits them,  behave in self-destructive ways that originate from pity party thinking.

Misinformation will lead others to think incorrectly about us.  Most of us don’t know that red pandas were named panda 40-50 years prior to the giant panda.  Most of us think pandas have to be big, black, and white.

Likewise, how much do we not know as a society about autism?  Do we miss out on how these humans contribute to our lives just as much as the rest of us who may not struggle with autism?

Be inspired as Rojo learns to reject the misinformed view kids have about her as she learns to embrace what God had in mind by creating her as a red panda instead of a giant panda.   Check out a copy today at your favorite online retailer.

#LIUB World Autism Awareness #autismawareness #books #Parents # kids #Red Panda


What Is Our Bad Behavior Teaching Our Kids

Click on What Is Our Bad Behavior Teaching Our Kids? to read a thought provoking article published March 20, 2015 in Parents Magazine.

A wise councilor once said that the best gift I could give to my daughter was to be emotionally healthy.   I completely agree with Zeman’s quoting of Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD’s, “insecurity is at the root” in this article.

Parents reproduce what they are.  If they, the parents, feel insecure and thus are easily offended and offend, most likely their kids will be too.    It starts with us, the parent.

Mom and Dad, consider buying Rojo, The Baby Red Panda at the Zoo for yourself and not just your kids.  Read Dr. Seuss’s, Oh The Places You Will Go,  Gertrude McFuzz, and others to yourself as you read along with your kids.  Isn’t the chance to learn what you didn’t growing up through your children one of the greatest privileges of parenting?  The greatest motivation you can give to your kids is to demonstrate that you aren’t perfect and need to learn too.