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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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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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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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