As a Principal the holiday season brings a lot of emotions for staff, students, families and community members. We do our best to remain even keel, calm and structured. I try to remain supportive, neutral and encouraging for those students who may not always be as excited about a break as their peers-while sharing in … Continue reading ‘Happy’ Holidays Look Different for All Families
During December the staff at Woodson took on a challenge-to take time out of this busy time of year to PAUSE and recognize someone who has made a big difference in our lives. We took this idea from the video The Success Project. Identify 4 people who have made an impact on where you … Continue reading The Power of a Letter
In the article “How to Set Boundaries” Brene Brown highlights the necessity of setting up boundaries between home-life-family while honoring time for yourself as well. Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. Brene Brown This can be a difficult task-especially if you are one … Continue reading Occupational Wellbeing-Making a Mantra for Survival
trying your best 110% of the time, while giving yourself GRACE when you fall short…. So ironically this has been sitting in my “draft” box for about a month! September is a busy month-back to school for my own kids plus the school of 360 kiddos I am Principal of…..well it is busy! As I … Continue reading GOOD ENOUGH
If you are a parent, student, teacher (or all of the above)-back to school can bring excitement as well as a little anxiety. Between re-establishing bedtime routines, school supply shopping and worries about what the next year will bring, we forgot to ‘pause’ and be in the moments with our families. Below are a few … Continue reading Setting Boundaries with the Business of Back to School
So now that you are practicing the “Sunday Principle” it is time for more practical tips for Sunday and the rest of the week to refresh and engage with those around you-in real life. A few weeks ago I was at a conference about 20 minutes away from a dear friend of mine-one whose birthday … Continue reading When Did Facebook Replace Connecting with Our Real Life Friends?
So you tried your first day off of technology. If you are anything like me, at times you felt like you left your car keys at home-or had that nagging feeling your were forgetting something. Hopefully halfway through the day you didn’t think about it as much (until you did that unconscious reach for the … Continue reading Do You Need the Sunday Principle? Step Three: Keep Going!
Do you spend more than 80% of you day with your device(s) near your side? Is your smartphone your alarm clock? Do you keep your phone on the table at dinner-or out to eat? Do you treat your devices like your “favorite child?” If you accidentally leave your phone at home/in the car-does minor panic … Continue reading Do you need the Sunday Principle? Step One: The Social Media Detox
So a week of *gasp* one hour off social media/phone/tablet/iPad/iPod/computer how did you do? Was it painful? Were you in a panic? How about day 5 or 6-did it get better or worse? Regardless-we are moving on to Step Two: 12 hours of limited connectivity. Think of this as a ‘vacay in the mountains’ where … Continue reading Do You Need the Sunday Principle? Step 2-Rip it Off Like a Band Aid