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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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How White Lies Undermine Teaching our Children Honesty

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr   A white lie is defined as a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.  However, I don’t believe that a lie can be harmless. Nick Galifianakis, a cartoonist for the Washington Times enlightened me with his recent cartoon in which two young kids are […]

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New Data on Young Adolescent Suicide and What you Can Do

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr “It is now just as likely for middle school students to die from suicide as from traffic accidents.” (New York Times) Recently, The New York Times reported alarming data that young adolescents, ages 10-14, have experienced a rise in suicide rates.  These kids are so young! […]

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Teaching Children the Value of Commitment

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Commitment is a value; it means being dedicated, not quitting. In Jessica Lahney’s book, The Gift of Failure, she states that parents tend to shelter children from failure, thereby leaving them unprepared for when they actually do fail.  Parents often allow  children to quit when things don’t feel “comfortable”, […]

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Keeping Seniors Motivated during Second Semester

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr How do parents and teachers keep seniors motivated after they’ve submitted their college applications? Once college applications are submitted and graduation is in-sight, seniors tend to lose motivation. Teachers have reported that during second semester students tend to “drift-off” or not act like their usual selves. […]

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e.Merging’s Educational Consulting and Assessment Services

Written by Bethany Todd What are the best schools for STEM education? Can you help me find the right fit for my child? These are common questions our clients ask. At e.Merging, we understand that every child is unique. Therefore, we provide a wide range of services, working with our clients to create a personalized education plan […]

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Parents Get Inclusive

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr Inclusion is a mindset. Inclusion is a culture. Inclusion is a right. Inclusion goes beyond the classroom. It’s a community e.Merging has partnered with Enlightened Inclusion. We join them in their mission: “committed to transforming the conversation around what it takes to create a culture that intentionally […]

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New Ideas on Teaching Gratitude

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr In the month of December, when my children are constantly re-creating new Christmas lists, begging for gifts, asking for more candy, more treats, and just more, more, more, I’m reminded; I need to teach my children gratitude. My kids certainly do not have enough gratitude. And, neither do I.  Every […]

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Holiday Gifts that Support Creative Play

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr Tis the season for shopping and deciding what you want to give your kids this year. Check out our holiday gift list and consider buying some toys and gifts that support creative play! These gift ideas support children’s free play, imagination and creations. Also, check out the resources […]

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Family Literacy Night

Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr This week, I have been helping our local elementary school design a Family Literacy Night. In doing so, I  have been convicted; beyond reading to my little ones at night, we haven’t done much family literacy  lately. I, therefore, became inspired to create our own Family Literacy […]

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