A Survey for Adults and Children They Love

Malala Yousafzai, human rights and education activist, said, “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” When Malala was 17 years old, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel peace prize. Words have power. So do questions. Steffane Wells is a teacher. One day, she asked her […]

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Fun Reading Tips Your Child Will Love

“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage,” said C.S. Lewis, beloved author of literary classics such as The Chronicles of Narnia. He insisted, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story.” When I was an […]

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Why We Must Talk to Young People About Their Dreams

I’ve shown others how to define their direction and create attainable goals for more than three decades. How I do it and why I do it completely changed during a conversation with high school students – and a mistake I made when I asked a question. Several years ago, I guided a group of seniors […]

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Motherhood is a Matter of Perspective

Genes are like a bunch of seventh graders; never quite sure how they’re going to rearrange themselves. They’re rarely predictable. And, when they converge, they produce results with lasting consequences. The hereditary line on my mother’s side of the family took particular twists and turns. My mother’s mother had five sisters. Two sisters produced children; […]

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What Color Is God?

Children understand life’s deeper truths in ways that adults sometimes fail to comprehend. “Which crayon do I use to color God?” asked Heather. I began my teaching career in a third and fourth grade classroom in a small rural school in Clinton, Missouri. Fortunately, questions with this depth rarely needed an explanation from me or a […]

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