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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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Empowering Girls to Respond to Social Aggressive Bullying

By Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr   Bullying behavior can look different coming from a girl versus a boy. While boys tend to bully more physically, girls bullying behavior is often more “socially aggressive”. This aggression is often manipulative behavior that happens away from the eyes of teachers and sometimes parents; it’s hidden. […]

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Practical Ways to Teach Young Children How to Respond to a Bully

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr   Last week, an 8 year old boy committed suicide after being bullied at school. This utter heart-break is another example why we need to prepare schools and children for how to deal with bullies. In the next few weeks, we will discuss different elements of bullying and […]

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Define Success with your Kids

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr Family meeting time! Gather together as a family to define success. It’s important to define words with our children as our language has a strong impact on how children interpret the world around them. I didn’t define success in my own life until well after college […]

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Journaling with your Child, Teenager, or Student

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr Journaling is an effective way for parents and children to communicate with each other. It invites both parties to slow down, quiet oneself, and, reflect on thoughts and feelings, before communicating them. Journaling is also effective because it is a process. Communication with children, and especially […]

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The Power of Authentic Listening: At Home and In the Classroom

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr   “Listen to me”, we all beg of our children. But, do we ever stop to explain what we mean?  I imagine that many of us don’t. However, explaining what we mean could improve communication and understanding between our child or students and yourself. Improving communication […]

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