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    how to care for an introvert

    Floating around the interwebs is this article, written by a self-professed extroverted teacher. She writes about complaints she receives from parents of introverts that she requires her students to answer questions in class. She says she has done research about the different needs of extroverts and introverts, and has come even more strongly to the conclusion that her introverted students need her to require their class participation in order to prepare them for the world. I have taken issue with a few items in this article. First, the basic premise of what she writes is that introversion = quiet, and quiet = incapable, and extroversion = loud, and loud =…

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    print this post

    I am in the process of creating a goal workbook – something you’ll be able to use and really dive deep into. From time to time I will give you a little tidbit here. So here’s your first taste: What you do with this – print it. Then do what it says. Don’t think. Just draw. What will it look like when you’ve accomplished your goal? Here’s a little twist – have a significant other? Why don’t you both do it – without looking at the other’s drawing. Then take a look – what is the same? What’s different? What are the parts that stand out to each of you?…

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    Super Dad!

    This picture has been floating around the internet the last couple of weeks, and I think it deserves another little bit of spotlight. In my time as a counselor I’ve heard a lot of parents express a lot of anxiety about their children. But it’s amazing – they don’t say “I’m anxious” or “I’m afraid.” They start with “my kid won’t–” or “my kid doesn’t–” and it’s anger and frustration that are the surface emotions. Imagine this picture happening with a parent who hasn’t figured out their fears or anxieties. You have a kid who feels like a superhero. They want to express that. Or maybe nothing that deep –…

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    secret postcards

    have you ever been to postsecret? I remember way back in the day waiting all week til they would refresh their blog and I could see a new batch. The idea is that people around the world create a postcard with a secret on it, they mail it in, postsecret photographs and publishes them anonymously. People are brave, when they think no one knows who they are. They say things they wouldn’t normally tell another person. They admit anguishes, they admit prejudices. Ugly things come out, a lot. But so does beauty. Sometimes the secrets are just beautiful and touching and you can’t help but hope that they are going…

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    Homeschoolers and Mental Health

    For my Master’s degree I spent a full year writing, collecting, analyzing and editing this project. I surveyed over 1000 homeschoolers from 48 different states. I asked them approximately 175 questions – including 5 mental health measurement tools. I measured depression, anxiety, happiness, character strengths and their attitude towards seeking professional therapy. In addition, I asked things about their income, religion, formal education, time spent using community resources, and what type of homeschooler they identified with the most. It was a fascinating amount of data, and one that I can’t wait to write more and more about. With so much data, it will take me years to pull out little…

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    Inner voices Mosaic

    Materials:CardboardMulticolored papermarkersacrylic paintmod podge/gluepaintbrushes Started out by having everyone paint a “canvas” – choosing a piece of cardboard and painting it with acrylics paints. Then we asked everyone to take a variety of small 3 x 5 (ish) pieces of paper in different colors, and we asked them these questions: We asked each individually, and asked them to write their answers on a different colored paper for each question. After that, we asked everyone to tear up those pieces of paper, and glue them onto the piece of cardboard to make a mosaic. Themes that came up included: processing from whence these “voices” came – who we learned what from,…

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    “journeys” sand tray

    This week the theme was on our “journey.” We started out by reading the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver to set the mood for our group. Poetry By Mary OliverThe Journey One day you finally knewwhat you had to do, and began,though the voices around youkept shoutingtheir bad advice–though the whole housebegan to trembleand you felt the old tugat your ankles.“Mend my life!”each voice cried.But you didn’t stop.You knew what you had to do,though the wind priedwith its stiff fingersat the very foundations,though their melancholywas terrible.It was already lateenough, and a wild night,and the road full of fallenbranches and stones.But little by little,as you left their voices behind,the stars…

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    Resilience Artist Trading Cards

    This week’s focus was on the qualities of resilience that each individual has gathered/learned over the course of their life. We talk frequently about getting “gifts wrapped in shit” in the Creative Expressions group – that perhaps the circumstances were not ideal, however many of the characteristics we learned from them are essential to our survival and thriving. Materials: Standard size deck of playing cards (approximately 3-6 cards per person), mod-podge/glue, acrylic paint, magazines to cut up and collage, tissue paper, scissors, paintbrushes, paper, markers What we did:We started out by taking one piece of paper and dividing it into 4 sections: “young child, teenager, young adult, now” Then creating…

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