Tag: Children


Celebrating Serena, Defeating Fear and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include celebrating Serena Williams, capturing precious moments, an atheist visiting Rome, and more. ?Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. “All year Serena Williams kept coming, on a path more arduous than anyone knew, and she put together the best season by a woman in a quarter century…But that’s not the sole reason why we arrive, now, at this honor. It’s......

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Fairness, Yoga and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include researching fairness with kids, using Skittles (yum!); a new movie, in part exploring the world of yoga; a condition that we probably all suffer from: digital hoarding; and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need. 1. No Fair! “‘It wasn’t obvious that we’re just born with a sense of fairness, but everyone seems to have one. How do these different senses......

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Setting Expectations for Our Kids... and Ourselves

Can we expect “sexual purity” from our kids? Before defining that term, let alone answering the question, I should explain that I am addressing it for two reasons: one news-driven and the other driven by the ongoing challenge/opportunity that is contemporary parenting. Articles such as this one just published by Brianna Sharbaugh are increasingly in play with a variety of parenting and news sites – mostly, but not exclusively, those of a more conservative bent. Since more than half of the nation defines itself as either conservative or conservative-leaning, it pays to......

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Is Putting Your Needs First Okay?

We all know these words: “To buckle your seatbelt, insert the metal buckle into the flap and pull. In the event of loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop down. Even though oxygen is flowing, the plastic bag will not inflate. If you are traveling with a child, fasten your own mask before tending to the child’s…” Fasten your own mask before tending to the child’s… It makes sense. If I were traveling with a small child and there were a need for oxygen, and I tried to fasten their mask......

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Seek Out 'The Well of Being'

Need a change of pace for your book club, or a unique gift for a friend? Go to your favorite book seller and immediately buy The Well of Being, subtitled “a children’s book for adults.” I honestly felt privileged reading this beautiful, artistic, profound, provocative and absolutely one-of-a-kind story. I don’t know what to compare this book to, in order to adequately describe how powerfully and wisely this magnificent story affects the reader, by speaking straight to the heart. Be prepared to go on an enchanted journey through the landscape of your......

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It's a Season of Renewal. So Why Do I Feel Anxious?

This season is supposed to be one of renewal. The transition from summer to fall brings a cooler breeze, a change of color and the promise of brand new page in the books of our lives. We buy new clothes for our kids, who walk into their classrooms with the excitement of being a grade older, with the opportunity to begin with a clean slate. It sounds prospectively exciting, but I wonder why so many seem to feel so darn anxious about it…including my wife, my kids and me. The hope and......

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Baltimore, Tribeca and Nepal: Our Week in Wisdom

On?The Wisdom Daily this week (April 27 – May 1), we talked about kids adjusting their education goals, inadequate relief (and lucrative tourism) in Nepal, award-winning innovations, Iran’s brutal executions and the outrage boiling over in Baltimore. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   College Admissions Heartbreak: A Bounce-Back Guide – Irwin Kula Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from parents about the cruel shock their children experience when rejected from the college of their choice. For many kids, living in privileged environments......

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College Admissions Heartbreak: A Bounce-Back Guide

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard from numerous parents about the cruel shock their children have experienced upon being rejected from the college of their choice. For many young people, living in protective and privileged environments unprecedented for previous generations, this may be the first time they’ve been faced with such rejection. In our hyper-competitive, brutal, ridiculously terrifying college admissions environment, this rejection evokes (in both parents and kids) feelings that run the gamut from devastating disappointment and anger to massive embarrassment and humiliation. I have personally seen kids cry as......

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The Push to Ban 'Conversion Therapy'

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The Oval Office has issued a statement officially supporting the movement to ban “conversion therapy,” especially as practiced on homosexual and transgender kids in the United States. In most cases, the “treatment” is either self-imposed, or imposed upon minors by family members who believe for religious reasons that the child/teen can become (and should become) heterosexual. “The use of conversion therapy is not a gay rights issue. It’s a public health issue, and very much in the domain of the president of the federal......

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The Short Film 'Gift' Teaches Appreciation of All We're Given

I dare you to watch Daniel Yam’s short film Gift and not be moved. I don’t think it’s possible. The story, set in Singapore, depicts a tense father-son relationship and conveys a strong point of view about what it means to be rich. I wonder: Is the definition of wealth actually not about how much you have, but about how much you give?     On the viral popularity of Gift, director Yam said, “I have learned that a well-told story can resonate very widely and very loudly.” His film explores how......

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