The pandemic is preparing kids for life beyond the classroom

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There’s a sense of excitement in the air. Nowhere is that excitement greater than in classrooms across the country. Except maybe in the many kitchens impersonating classrooms this year.

Christmas is less than a week away. Teachers and students are packing up their books or shutting down their laptops and eagerly starting their holiday break. And parents are cheering in the background.

The next time classes convene it will be in a new year — 2021. Thank goodness.

If ever there were a reason to celebrate the new year, this…

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I’m coming to you today with an unpopular opinion. I know this article will upset a bunch of you.

But I’ve made my peace with it. I’ve never been a people pleaser.

My intentions are good. I’m writing on behalf of children everywhere. (They don’t know it. Please don’t tell them. Let’s keep what’s left of their childhood intact, at least through the end of the year).

The Annual Elf Debate

It’s December, so the annual elf debate is in full swing.

Each year around this time, parents divide into two distinct and equally vocal camps. Those that Elf-on-the-Shelf and those that don’t. …

Schools are failing students and the pandemic is making it worse

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COVID-19 is surging across America, prompting many states to enact new restrictions. More rigorous masking requirements, limited capacity in restaurants, and a ban on social gatherings are just a few of the new regulations.

Over the last week, many communities have closed schools and resumed remote learning. The state of Kentucky has closed all schools. And big cities like Chicago and New York have also put an end to in-person instruction.

The Debate Over Closing Schools

Closing schools is one of the most contentious coronavirus decisions.

Legislators and administrators are reluctant to do so. They cite COVID-slide, learning loss due to remote learning this spring…

From an experienced angel mommy

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On October 1, Chrissy Teigen shared that she and husband John Legend lost their third baby. Teigen was halfway through her pregnancy when their son died.

She posted heartbreaking photos from the hospital that captured the raw emotion and unspeakable grief of losing a child.

Almost immediately, people criticized her posts. Some suggested that the pregnancy and loss were not real. Rather, they were an elaborate ruse to deflect attention from a brewing scandal.

Others didn’t question the authenticity but reacted with hatred. They chastised Teigen for posing for photos so soon after the loss. “It’s kind of sick that…

4 apologies to avoid and a simple formula for what to say instead

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I was in the grocery store when I heard a mom hiss at her son, “Apologize to your sister right now.”

I did not hear the transgression that incited the directive. But I heard the “apology” he offered. “I’m sorry you’re an evil brat,” he said. “And I’m sorry Mom likes me better.”

Ouch. I suppressed a chuckle. But I am pretty sure that apology was not what his mom had in mind.

Apologizing is Hard

It’s hard to admit you are wrong. Even if you are not an 8-year-old boy.

Many people, including most adults I know, struggle to admit their mistakes…

Life lessons of an All-Star season

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On Wednesday night, my son’s 10u All-Star team lost a heartbreaker to [finally] end our baseball season.

After 18 (give or take a few) regular season Little League games, three rounds of playoffs, two weeks of All-Star practice, four games, including a championship victory in the Regional Tournament, more practice for Sections and three nail-bitingly close games in the Sectional Tournament, the season is over.

I’d be lying if I said the loss wasn’t hard–for us all. The game was so close. Our boys battled back repeatedly from multi-run deficits. The tying run was only 60 feet away from home…

Eight simple ways to make networking less painful and more productive

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What’s the second scariest word in law school, after “exams”? Loans? Debt? Graduation?

Those are all good guesses. But how about networking?

Few people enjoy networking. And if you are an introvert, you downright dread it. But there are ways you can make it more productive, and a lot less painful.

Understanding Introversion

Many people equate introversion with shyness. There is a myth that introverts are meek, self-absorbed, and afraid of change. They find social situations crippling and fear speaking up in front of others.

But that’s not what being an introvert is all about. Introverts are often quiet, reserved, and thoughtful…

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Small business owners have a lot on their plates. Inventory and invoicing. Customers and employees. Revenue and taxes. Updating your website. One of the last things you are likely thinking about is copyright law.

But copyright issues often arise in small businesses. Especially in the context of websites and other marketing efforts. As a small business owner, copyright may affect you as both a creator and user of protected work.

Looking for pictures for your home page? Need some content for your blog? If you are just copying and pasting from other sites, you are violating copyright law. …

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Disclaimer: The following is not legal advice and is for informational purposes only.

Going back to school this year comes with the increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Cases of COVID are already being reported among students and teachers.

To deal with this unprecedented situation, some schools have adopted “strict” safety guidelines. Mandatory mask-wearing. Keeping students 6 feet apart. Plexiglass dividers. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting.

But we don’t yet know if these measures are enough to keep students and teachers safe.

Other schools are opening without basic safety measures in place. Overcrowded classrooms and hallways. Optional masks. No social distancing. …

How an abundant mindset increases productivity and helps achieve your goals

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The most important thing you can do to increase your productivity is to change your mindset.

Not buy a planner.

Or make a list.

Or even stop checking your email before noon. Although, that probably wouldn’t hurt. You should stay off of Facebook and Instagram too.

But changing the way you think about the world, and your place in it, can help boost your productivity. And make meaningful progress toward your goals.

Many people think being productive means getting things done. But they don’t realize being choosy about what those “things” are is the key to being productive.

Sure, crossing…

Lisa Walton

Former lawyer, forever teacher and professional writer, Lisa writes about education, parenting and personal & professional growth.

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