Physical Activity: Move Your Body!

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We have an expectation in our family about physical activity. The expectation is that it’s mandatory! Each day, we plan to move our bodies in some way. Some days it may be going to the gym, others it may be walking around the zoo or riding scooters/bikes around the neighborhood. If the weather is cold […]

Active Listening: School Violence Series Part 3

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Imagine you are struggling to connect with others.  Think about what you feel. Are you lonely, sad, misunderstood, angry, anxious, or depressed?  These are the feelings many who commit school violence are experiencing that cause them to lash out in harmful ways.  Now think about what others could do to help connect with you during […]

Empathy: School Violence Series Part 2

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Empathy is a concept easily talked about but much less easily understood.  Furthermore, the application of true empathy can be immensely challenging. The basic definition of empathy is the attempt of imagining or trying to share the feelings of another.  Empathy is also often confused with sympathy. Sympathy incorporates feelings of sadness or sorrow for […]

Diversity

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”— Martin Luther King, Jr. on diversity Connecting with others When is the last time you invited friends to your home who’s culture, lifestyle, skin color, or belief system differed largely […]

Be The Change: Social Skills To End School Violence

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Ashley Barkley is on a mission. A former school counselor and Acorn’s adolescent therapist, Ashley wants to help our high school and middle school students end school violence. They can change the face of our schools. She talks about empowering students to fight school violence with social skills. She has a 5 step process to […]