Diamonds in the Rough:  Helping Our Kids to Shine Bright

Posted by Dr. Erik Konsmo on Aug 1, 2019 4:00:00 PM

In southern Namibia, there rests a ghost town named Kolmanskop.  In 1908, a German company was building a railroad through the region when a worker discovered diamonds spread along the ground, which could be seen with even in the moonlight.  Prospectors quickly flocked to the area. What's amazing is for the first several years, diamonds were being picked up off the desert floor! By 1912 an entire town had sprung up in the middle of the desert with a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, casino, theater and more.  But when the easily picked diamonds were gone, and mining became more difficult, the population moved on to other diamond finds on the African continent.

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Topics: Character Education, Preparation, Perspective

The Benefits of Being a Benchwarmer

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 25, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Just hearing the term Benchwarmer may conjure up some unhappy memories for many. Maybe some of us have felt the frustration being a ‘reserve’ or bemoaned the thought of ‘riding the pine’ for another game. Being left-out is no fun, but the experience seems to be harder when it happens to your own child. Here’s some helpful insight we can pass on to our young athletes to help them to score even when they're on bench.

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Topics: School Sports, Helpful Tips, Character Education, Encouragement

How We Can Help Our Children With Confidence

Posted by Heidi Groesbeck on Apr 7, 2017 3:30:00 PM

We can all agree that the journey from elementary school years to middle school years is a vulnerable one for our children. Between the “little” and “big” kid phases of their lives, they will often experience a range of challenges while navigating through friendships, academics, independence and opinion. These experiences, whether successful or not, can bring many different thoughts and feelings to the surface and sometimes affect our children’s confidence.

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Topics: Character Education

3 Tips for Your Children to Practice for Self-Control

Posted by Cathy Towner on Mar 31, 2017 3:41:00 PM

What is self-control? It is the ability to control oneself, keeping one’s emotions in check, especially when one is in a very difficult situation. As adults, sometimes self-control could be a challenge.For a child, just learning, this could be a very big hurdle to accomplish.

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Topics: Character Education

3 Tips for Your Child to Practice for Self-Control

Posted by Cathy Towner on Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

What is self-control? It is the ability to control oneself, keeping one’s emotions in check, especially when one is in a very difficult situation. As adults, sometimes self-control could be a challenge.For a child, just learning, this could be a very big hurdle to accomplish.

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Topics: Character Education

How To Turn Failure Into A Learning Opportunity for Your Child

Posted by Heather Downing on Mar 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

I saw a t-shirt that said, "mistakes are proof that you are trying." What a great quote! Making mistakes, or failing, is an inevitable part of learning something new. As a teacher, I don't want my students to be afraid of failure or mistakes. 

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Topics: Character Education