Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education

False claims of education funding increases Manitoba’s government continues to claim they’ve increased education funding, yet anyone who actually crunches the numbers can see this is disingenuous. Obviously this isn’t a new tactic, nor is it one used exclusively by any one political party, they all play these games. I hate games like these, whichContinue reading “Playing Politics With Our Children’s Education”

 I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School

I care a lot more about the environment than I do about the content For the record: I do value my son’s education. I appreciate teachers and the near-impossible task they are handed every single day: Please, educate these children. No, you may not have any more resources. No, you may not have better ventilation in yourContinue reading ” I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School”

 Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children

Anybody else’s school have rules about not letting the kids jump in puddles?   How ridiculous is that?   Send an email home asking parents to send extra clothes with their kids and let them PLAY.  This morning I happily dug out my son’s rubber boots so he could splash in puddles at recess. WhenContinue reading ” Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children”

Executive Functions for Kids And Parents

As parents of neurodiverse children, it’s our responsibility to understand what reasonable expectations might be for our children. Children with asynchronous development may need a little extra patience and guidance. When we have a deeper understanding of the challenges they face on a moment-to-moment basis, this helps us show our kids more compassion and empathy,Continue reading “Executive Functions for Kids And Parents”

The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Funding

Children whose parents complain the loudest get what they need while others go without When my son was seriously struggling at school, he was being treated poorly and his needs were not being met. As the school year progressed, so did the phone calls, emails, and meetings. Supporting my son and his school took upContinue reading “The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Funding”

Anti-Bullying Articles & Resources

Stories and articles about bullying prevention and support Today is pink shirt day, a day intended promote awareness of bullying, spark conversations about bullying, and increase programs intended to prevent bullying. Programs don’t work. Programs are nearly always a bandaid solution. What works is a full-scale school and division-wide culture change, and fundamental changes in pedagogy,Continue reading “Anti-Bullying Articles & Resources”

Patience is Absolutely Finite

Many of us have heard people spout opinions about how “kids these days” are too coddled. We protect them from failures and defend them from disappointment. In doing so, we don’t allow kids to develop a thick skin (which apparently is desirable). In order to not coddle our kids, they need to experience the disappointments and hardshipsContinue reading “Patience is Absolutely Finite”

My Top Articles of 2022 Thus Far

In celebration of reaching three thousand followers on Medium Thank you, fellow Medium readers and writers, for supporting my writing. In celebration of reaching 3 thousand followers this week, I have compiled my 10 most popular articles for January and February 2022 to make them easier to find. I’ve also added to each of them, soContinue reading “My Top Articles of 2022 Thus Far”

The Pain of Internalized Stigma

February is National Inclusive Education Month I shared this story with the previous Education Minister and received nothing but a form email from his office assistant in response. Now I’m sharing it with all of you, and with our new Education Minister, MLA Wayne Ewasko. By sharing this heartbreaking story, I hope to prevent otherContinue reading “The Pain of Internalized Stigma”

Children Are Not Mini Adults

Stop comparing apples to oranges Some try to justify the use of punishment and rewards to gain compliance from children by claiming that we do the same to adults. “We wouldn’t go to work if our employer stopped paying us” they say. Well, sure. We chose to go to work. We applied for the job, attended theContinue reading “Children Are Not Mini Adults”