Book Reviews

  • Global Nomads Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World  A great book that does a nice overview of life as a expat. It is written by a nonworking spouse, so provides a nice perspective for people who are accompanying their spouses. The book is an easy read and provides many jumping off points for discussion.  
    Posted May 30, 2016, 9:25 PM by
  • Third Culture Kids If you are ever going to read a book about mobile families, this is the book that started it all. Third culture kids is full of information about how transitions from place to place affect you and your children. It also goes into depth on long-term affects, both positive and negative. I would highly recommend this book for families who plan on staying abroad. 
    Posted Sep 7, 2015, 5:59 PM by
  • Parenting With Love and Logic As adults our lives are full of natural consequences. If we do not feed ourselves, we go hungry. If we forget something at home, we go without. If we are unfriendly to someone, it effects our reputation. Parenting with Love and Logic suggests that we continue this type of system with our children to help them become more independent, successful people. 
    Posted Aug 23, 2015, 7:48 PM by
  • Drive Every once in awhile you find a book that changes the way you think, and Drive is one of those books. Pink dives into what really motivates us as human being and it may not be what you think. Gone are the days of clocking in and out, grinding through the 9 to 5 work day, and performance reviews. The future holds more autonomy, purpose and mastery, which will lead to more productivity, innovation, and overall happiness. Great book, great message, and a great way to get motivated! 
    Posted Nov 27, 2014, 9:50 PM by
  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk An oldie but a goodie! This book handles it all. How to help you child deal with their feeling in an effective way, how to set clear firm limits, resolving family issues peacefully, and so much more. It has an easy to read format for quick reference, but also has the potential deeper discussion. Check it out in our school library today! 
    Posted Aug 31, 2014, 10:57 PM by
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Counselor Corner

  • An Argument For Chores Like all parenting topic, there many opinions about chores. What age should I start assigning chores? Should I give my children an allowance based on the work they do around the house? Why should I give my child chores if I am employing people to do it for us? I would like to make the case that chores are an important part of learning how to be a contributing member of a family, which translates later to a contributing member of society. It also allows children the opportunity to learn important skills like how to keep the kitchen clean, how often to water a plant, or how to care for a pet. And of course, you cannot talk about chores ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 7:35 PM by
  • Smokey Bubble 2.0 The bubble in which we live is becoming smokey again. For those of us returning, memories of past years creep into our minds. And for those new to the community, the the unknown sends your thoughts into overdrive. Our brains naturally feel stress in everyday life. In fact, stress is not always a bad thing. If humans weren’t stressed about lions in tall grass, we probably would notbe here today. But as our stress changes from lions to smoke, the longevity changes as well. Long periods of stress wear us down both mentally and physically, which impacts the way we view ourselves, the surroundings and the people around us. Our children are also built ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2015, 9:19 PM by
  • Excitement in the Air This first days of school are always filled with excitement.  The teacher and staff are working hard to get everything ready, and your children anxiously await that first morning where they reconnect with old friends and scope out new possibilities. These feelings of excitement can also be laced with feelings of nervousness and anxiety. As parents, it is our privilege to help our children prepare themselves for another school year. Below are a few talking points and suggestions to help your child feel more comfortable as the school year begins. 1. Start the school routine before the first day of school. In the days leading up to the first day, have your child practice the morning routine. Discuss what time ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2015, 9:05 PM by
  • ‘Tis the Season For Stress As we approach the December break, many families are headed back to see relatives and soak in the holiday spirit. Christmas carols, decorating trees, shopping, and eating are all the things we enjoy about the holiday season. So how do we enjoy the season while staying relatively stress free? “Impossible,” you say, well maybe not. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help keep the holiday season in perspective. What message do you want your children to absorb from the holidays? The years we have with our children are so precious and the last thing we want is to add tension during the holiday season. This should be a time to enjoy each other; and the best way ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2014, 10:06 PM by
  • Encouraging Autonomy Teaching children to be autonomous is one of the most importants jobs we have in terms of being parents and teachers. As parents, we want our children to have the confidence and wisdom to make the right choices without our approval or guidance. As teachers, we want our students to develop strategies to work independent of teacher input and validation. So how do we promote this type of behavior without leaving our children out in the cold to figure things out on their own? How can we scaffold their decision making skills to teach them how to make good choices even we are not around? In the book “How to Talk so your Kids will Listen and Listen so your ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2014, 12:16 AM by
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