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Thank A Teacher

I couldn’t let the week go by without sending out a great BIG ThAnK YoU to all of our readers who are teachers!  As our country celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week I want to remind you all that whether you are teaching first graders (as I did for 8 years!), Sunday school, high school, music, art, coaching little league, teaching your granddaughter to sew, or your children how to plant a garden…YoU ArE making a difference in the life of a child!

A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.  ~Author Unknown

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Leader from Whose Perspective?

Right off the bat I know there are going to be many of you who are going to disagree with me…and that is OK.  This is just my opinion and I don’t expect everyone to feel the same way that I do.  That being said, in light of the recent news coming out of Penn State and the death of Joe Paterno I strongly feel that more needs to be said in support of the boys who were failed by a system they trusted.

Prior to having my children I was a first grade teacher for 8 years.  During that time I took my responsibility to the children I taught very seriously.  Not only was it my job to keep them safe while they were in my care, but it was my obligation to report any signs of abuse they may have been experiencing while at home.  There were always teachers who would look the other way in order to not “cause trouble”.  I however was not one of them.  I couldn’t live with myself if I knew of or suspected something and didn’t report and FoLlOw Up on my suspicions.  Children often have a hard time expressing themselves and I knew I may have needed to be their “voice”.

In the Penn State tradgedy it is my opinion that simply “reporting” the alleged incident was NoT enough.  A TrUe and TrUsTeD leader would have gone above and beyond no matter what the consequences would hold for the school or football program to make sure action was taken to protect all children.  If you want to be a leader you must make difficult decisions in the best interest of those you serve.  Joe Paterno looked the other way in exchage for continuing his legacy.

No amount of football wins can undo the pain that has been suffered by innocent children and their families.  I wonder if those who have been so quick to look past this inaction and lack of leadership when it ReAlLy counted would feel this way if it was their brother, son, grandson, or friend who was one of the abused.

If you suspect someone is suffering any type of abuse please do the right thing. You only get one chance to make a difference.

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Can Anyone Hear Me?

I’m writing this post today with a scratch in my throat.  No, not a scratch due to a cold, but a scratch due to raising my voice to get my kid’s AttEnTion or tell them they need to stop doing something for the 20th time!  Can you relate?

I remember my teaching days and how I learned in college that no good teacher will YELL at their students to get them to listen.  I just had to LaUgh when I thought of that today.  It is amazing what situations can make you ScReAm, regardless if you are a “good” parent or not.

When I reach the point of YELLING it is an instant reminder that I need a B R E A K.  I need to ask for help, get a babysitter, or take a night off and distance myself from the kiddos so I can sort out my thoughts and relax.  When I do, I am much more patient with the kids and it makes me feel like a better Mom because I can handle frustrating situations with more ease.

No one wants to be the yelling Mom…so the best thing to is find a SoLuTion to the problem…see you after my nap ;)

~Lara

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I AM…A Grandmother

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I Am…A MOM…FINALLY!!

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