Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cool to be Kind

After starting the 21 Day Kindness Challenge, I decided it was time to do another YouTube video for my fans.....  this time I roped in our new music teacher Miss Gierach to help me out.  We both hope you enjoy and be sure to visit the YouTube channel to help out our viewing numbers!  THANKS!

Happy on a Stick!

I love to do things out of the ordinary---I guess I could be called a Risk Taker.  So this year when it was time for school photos I decided to "jazz up my smile"  with my "smile on a stick".  It wasn't that I was feeling sad that day, I was actually feeling like having a little fun.  AND that is just what I did.  When the photographer had everything set and said smile, I quick stuck my smile on a stick up and CLICK---it was captured.  We all had a good laugh and they promised me that it would be printed!  GREAT I thought!  A picture I am very pleased to hand out because it gets great responses from people.
So today I was talking to a counselor friend from a neighboring district and she told me how she enjoys reading my blog---guess what?  This one's for you Kim!  Hope you are having a Happy Day and if not, just get a happy on a stick and enjoy the looks and laughs!
Take a risk!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Because Our CHILDREN Are Watching

I always tell the students in the upper grades that the little kids are watching them.  We also have to remind ourselves that kids are watching us as adults too.  They listen to the words we say and the things that we do when we don't even tell them.  For example, I tell my teenager not to use her phone when she drives so when I am driving I have to make sure that when my phone rings that I either let someone else in the car answer it or I say, "That will have to wait until I stop somewhere."  Another example is exercising.  Do we dread going for a walk or to the gym or do we go and say it felt great?  
I really love the song "I've Been Watching You" by Rodney Atkins.  It pretty much sums up what kids see and how they learn all kinds of things from us as adults.
Being an example is for all of us.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kindness Challenge

Remembering 9/11

The 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

As a way to honor those who lost their lives or were effected by 9/11, I challenge you to take part in the Kindness Challenge.  I found out about this through my Counselor buddy Barbara over at the Corner on Character.  I truly can't imagine anything that could be more rewarding for yourself and those you choose to do random kindnesses for.  Kindness seems to have a ripple effect.  When someone shares a kind deed or act to you or on your behalf it just fills you up with so much "good" that you can't help but pass that on to others.  
I think my favorite things to do are:
*leaving a chocolate for someone!
*mowing someone's lawn
*leaving some flowers on someone's desk
*surprising a busy family with a meal
*leaving a note of appreciation for someone
*taking treats to your place of employment or to a service provider ( e.g. mail carriers)
So check out the site and join the 21-day Kindness Challenge.  See what a difference we can make.