Perspectives

In view of our changing perspectives and awareness of racial inequities in our country we offer a few sources of information from OMAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. Read on… As educators, caregivers, parents and people committed to equal opportunities for all we need to have honest conversations about what is happening in our community and across the nation. To be advocates for a healthier…

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Her View From Home

During these days, weeks and months of the Covid-19 virus, Kim is sending her love as she tends to her brood of six kids and a working-from-home husband. Life has not slowed down, but has become more rewarding as they find new ways to come together.Checkout Kim’s recommendation for this month’s blog titled: HER VIEW FROM HOME; STORIES FROM THE HEART OF…

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Power of Moms (& Some Dads)

Reviewing Favorite Mental Health Resources Blog by Lindsay Goeckeritz on June 10, 2019 from https://powerofmoms.com/favorite-mental-health-resources/“In our family, we do kind. We do hugs. We do trust. We do second chances. We do loud (really well)! We do love. We also do mental illness—with its accompanying therapy appointments, teacher meetings, medication, misunderstandings, and near-constant uncertainty of how to navigate a world whose opinions…

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The Read-Aloud Family – Post 2 (by Kim Jansen)

When my teenage daughter was in third grade, she brought home the most nauseating series of books from the school library – “Rainbow Magic Fairies.” Every story involved best buddies Kirsty and Rachel helping fairies of various colors outsmart the mean Jack Frost. The adventures seemed contrived and all ended with a big “group hug.” (Ok, so I’m over-generalizing just a little…

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The Read-Aloud Family – Post 1 (by Kim Jansen)

Happy New Year! As the Christmas decorations come down, I often reflect on our celebration of this Holy Season. What went well? What needs a little tweaking next year? I find that making notes for the following year prevents making the same mistakes again and again. This year’s notes look something like this: For gingerbread houses, buy a kit for the little…

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Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Children’s Innate Talents – Post 3 (by Kim Jansen)

The story of Matt demonstrates the power of a parent or other mentor in helping a child recognize and develop his talents (see page 14 of Strengths Based Parenting).Growing up on a farm, Matt joined every 4-H club possible, and he frequently won the highest award for his projects at the fair. Upon receiving the coveted ribbon, however, Matt frequently dropped that…

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Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Children’s Innate Talents – Post 2 (by Kim Jansen)

Reading the results of my Clifton Strengths Finder assessment felt like looking in a mirror. I nodded my head repeatedly as I murmured, “Yes, I do that all the time. And that. Oh, and I am really good at that!” I was impressed by how accurately the report described the way I naturally operate. The Gallup organization uses the word “talents” to…

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Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Children’s Innate Talents – Post 1 (by Kim Jansen)

My first impression of the Clifton StrengthsFinder promoted by the Gallup organization was decidedly negative. “What’s the point in yet another personality test?” I thought. After all, wasn’t I trying to refrain from putting people – particularly my children – in neat little boxes? Besides, even though the StrengthsFinder assessment had revolutionized the way my husband interacted with his team at work,…

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The 5 Love Languages of Children – Post 3 (by Ashley Stevens)

Disciplining In Love“Love looks out for the interests of another; so does discipline. So discipline is certainly an act of love. And the more a child feels loved, the easier it is to discipline that child.”Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell begin chapter eight of ‘The Five Love Languages of Children’ reiterating that every aspect of a relationship with our kids is easier…

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