Thursday, September 11, 2014

Was It Something I Said?

Dear Mom At School:

Three times this school year, we've chatted amiably at pick-up time.  And three times now, a third mom has approached us.  Each time, in mid-conversation you've turned your back to me to talk with the third party (different person every time), and ignored me for the duration.

I know that Hanlon's Razor states that one should:
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity*.

* or in this case lack of manners.

But it's starting to feel personal.  Ya know?

Cut it out.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tired of the Affirmations Yet?

From Hay House:
Today I will let go of my need for approval and my need to be liked. Instead, I will choose to like and approve of myself. The people who count (including me) will respect me when I'm true to who I really am.

- Melody Beattie

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Another Affirmation

Another affirmation from Heal Your Life:
I release all feelings of worry and guilt.

Throughout life, the two most futile emotions are guilt for what has been done and worry about what might be done.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What Else Am I Going To Have To Teach At Home?

Some people belive that cursive is still part of the school curriculum.  From the Toronto Star:
It was always my understanding that the “examples” provided at any grade level for any specific learning expectation were based on what students should be able to do at that particular grade level.  
On page 72 of the current Ontario Ministry Policy document for Language Arts the example provided for Grade 3 Expectation 3.7 says (e.g. use legible printing and some cursive writing, etc.) it is incumbent on teachers to make sure that students are able to do all of the examples provided.  
Teachers are required to assess students’ knowledge and skills and provide instruction and practice so that students can acquire and master them. Cursive writing is included in every 3.7 learning expectation from Grades 3 through Grade 8 in the Ontario Language Arts policy document. 
There is definitely an expectation that cursive writing be taught in Ontario schools. Cursive writing was used as an example rather than as a separate learning expectation to underscore the need for students to master a range of ways to communicate including the use of technology.

Read more.

Interestingly enough, I've yet to find a teacher who interprets the text as it's explained above. 


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


From Heal You Life:
Today I will tell myself that who I am is okay, and that what I'm doing is good enough. Of course I make mistakes and get off-track sometimes, but that doesn't mean that I'm not as good as everyone else. No one is perfect, and that's just fine.

- Melody Beattie

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Powerful Affirmation

Found at Heal Your Life.

I forgive myself for not being perfect. I am living the very best way I know how.

- Louise L. Hay