Habit 7 is the habit of taking care of your body by eating right, exercising, and getting the right amount of sleep. It’s the habit of spending time with family and friends; to learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. The habit is about taking the time to find
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Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® is the habit of listening to other people’s ideas and feelings. It’s trying to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. It’s about being confident in voicing your ideas. It’s about looking people in the eyes when speaking. Habit 5 is
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Synergy Saturdays are for spending time together and building family relationships. That is what my husband would say if you asked him why we have Saturdays. My answer is very different. My school of thought is; “Saturdays, not Synergy Saturdays, are for catching up on cleaning and doing projects around the house, basically finish my
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Back to school is the most wonderful time of the year! There is something magical to be found in back to school supplies. You see, I am a sucker for a fresh box of crayons and new sharpened number two pencils. New notebooks fill my mind with endless possibilities. I am aware that not everyone
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Young adult books are a genre of fiction that is geared towards 12-18-years old. Why? Usually, the protagonist’s age in the story is between 12-18-years old. This makes the novel or novella relatable (and perfect) for the age group. For young adults, it can be challenging to get back into reading. School assigned reading can
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Family engagement in schools is a vital part of education in the classroom. Family engagement is the foundation in which students learn how to interact with others outside of the family. What is modeled at home, is modeled in the classroom. So, how can parents help their children be model students? The answer is to
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Habit 3®: Put First Things First, is a habit about priorities. We all juggle multiple hats in our lives, whether it be professional or personal, we need to develop habits that help us manage the day-to-day. Habit 3 talks in-depth about “Big Rocks” and “Little Rocks” in our lives. “Big Rocks” are the most important
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Creating a family mission statement is an important piece of family history. Not only because the mission statement defines what is important to your family but also because the mission statement has deep historical roots. Let’s take a quick look at the evolution of the family mission statement. The Coat of Arms Quest (noun): a
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Recess is an integral part of an elementary student’s day. It provides physical activity, social connections, and problem-solving situations for students. It is part of the foundation of social-emotional learning. And according to the third-grade students I recently surveyed, recess is the best part of their school day. During this favorite time of day, students
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Screen-time recommendations for kids can be a conundrum for parents. As digital use increases in education, it is important to familiarize yourself with screen-time recommendations for kids based on age and activity. Here’s why. Did you know in the United States alone, 91 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 17 play video
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Perspective is a hard thing to shift when we fall into a routine. My all-time favorite quote from Dr. Stephen Covey, found in The Leader in Me, expresses my message today about perspective: “When literally hundreds of students arrive in unison each morning like a giant wave, or when they depart en masse at the end of
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What is an emotional bank account? What is an emotional bank account? Dr. Stephen R. Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families®, defines an emotional bank account as one’s relationship with another. He explains the concept of an emotional bank account with a metaphor: “By proactively doing things that build trust in
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If you want small changes, work on your behavior; if you want quantum-leap changes, work on your paradigms. – Stephen R. Covey