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Top Articles of August

Compiled by Bethany Todd and Laura Barr Here are our top reads for the month of August Elementary Are you on the same page about “social emotional learning”? MindShift suggests we not be. What do We Mean When We Say Social Emotional Skills In order for children to have empathy and understanding, they have to […]

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A New School Year and What I’ve Learned about Worrying

Written by Bethany Todd   My daughter starts first grade on Tuesday. After getting her teacher’s name in the mail last week, I quickly received texts from friends reporting who their child had as a teacher. I was surprised to find that nearly everyone we knew was in the other first grade class. It seemed […]

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Fostering Curiosity

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Rational thought and knowledge has indeed surpassed the purity of wonder. Knowing about has usurped our ability and desire to just be with—to commune with our surroundings, to be present with life. – Vince Gowman With smart phones at our fingertips and the ease of quick […]

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Creating a Parent/Teen Driver Agreement for your Child

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr The day a child gets his or her driver’s license, parents often feel fear, pride, and excitement.  Parents are no longer the taxi driver, delivering everyone to and from practices and school, yet now they also have to deal with the dreaded weight of knowing their […]

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Redefining Courage for our Young Teens

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Brene Brown teaches everyone about courage by redefining it as something more than “heroic”. She defines courage as being honest and open to being yourself, to ask when you need something, and allowing oneself to be vulnerable. As I learn about this kind of “ordinary” courage, […]

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Top Ten Education and Parenting Finds of the Week

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr Each week, e.Merging sifts through research and media in order to keep ourselves knowledgeable about what is  happening in education and parenting. We want to share all the good stuff with you.  Below is a list of our latest and favorite finds. Most of them are very current or […]

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Breakthroughs with DIY Personalized Books

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr This summer, I’m working on creating some DIY personalized books for my kids. I did this once before for my daughter when we were moving from Virginia to Denver. I realized then, the power of personalized books. For the record, I’m not talking about the new […]

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Wolf + Friends And What Inclusion Looks Like

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr   Last week, we came across an absolutely fabulous resource and website for ALL families. But, what struck us the most was the their commitment to inclusion. Truly pioneers in inclusion, Wolf + Friends are making headway in the world of business and autism.   Wolf […]

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Laura Barr writes a Manifesto to Helicopter Moms

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr e.Merging has talked a lot about subjects like helicopter moms, over-parenting and entitlement. However, lately, we have felt like Helicopter Moms have gotten a bad reputation. In Laura Barr’s Manifesto to Helicopter moms, she encourages all moms to take a deep breathe, because “most of us are just flying […]

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Podcast Series on Autism and Neurodiversity with Guest, Laura Barr

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr What is Neurodiversity? Neurodivisity is defined as the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population (used especially in the context of autistic spectrum disorders). Syrucuse Univsersity states that, “For many autistic people, neurodiversity […]

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