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Why Is My Child So Stressed Out Over Exams?

The limbic alarm is a system is deep inside the brain that is constantly on the lookout for safety or threats, and sends us into fight-or-flight when it senses the latter. If we try to reason with a child when their alarm has been triggered -- get them to see that they are distorting the problem -- they won't be able to process what we're trying to explain. In fact, whatever we're saying to reassure them, no matter how reasonable, can actually be another stress.
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Kindness Is Learned In School

I know from my years spent in public school classrooms and the schoolyard...that tough love can be done in kindness. I learned that consequences can be carried out with kindness. Gentle critique can be conducted with a cushion of kindness. All of this and more. All can be cradled in kindness and compassion and gentleness and love.
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This Is How You Pay Off Your Student Loans In A Year

According to the National Student Loan Centre, it takes an average of 9 years for Canadian students to pay off their student loans. Although these figures may seem slightly alarming, don't fret! It's possible to repay your student loans in a relatively short period of time (in my case, $17,000 in just one year). Here are 5 simple, effective strategies to successfully start paying down your student debt.
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Send Your Kids Back To School With Healthy Lunches

With 2 months of summer vacation, it can be difficult to adjust back to the school routine. But like all good things, this too must come to an end, and make way for new beginnings. As many of us prepare for the start of school, the 'to do' list may feel a little overwhelming. And if you are feeling worried about meal planning, we've got you covered. Registered Dietitians share their best meal planning tricks to ease your transition and ace back to school.
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Does Full-Day Kindergarten Pass Or Fail?

Kindergarten is not what it used to be. It traditionally was a place with time for inquiry, discovery, creativity, invention, innovation, imagination and wonder. With the shifts in thinking, it has become in some jurisdictions an environment subjected to the perils of standardization, conformity and primarily cognitive-focused learning. If full-day kindergarten is ever to truly be a success story, it must return to its roots and core values.
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Teach Like the School Is On Fire

Sometimes as teachers I feel we forget that we have priorities. There are some things more important than others. Curriculum is necessary, but if the house is on fire, that document is not coming with me. Outcomes are necessary but if the room is under threat, I will not give them a moment's notice. Lesson plans are useful, but if a child's life is at risk, that carefully laid-out plan for my day would be the last thing on my mind.
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Are We Talking Enough to Kids About Stress?

Who hasn't gone through playground drama, right? What I didn't realize is how this situation was making daughter feel low about herself and her ability to handle her emotions on the playground. I think like most parents I wasn't sure how much to ask her about stress. Culturally, many of us grew up with more conversations about academics and marks than conversations about feelings and stress.