Posts tagged: Language

Emoji Spirituality

Kids love emojis. As fun visual substitutes for words, they help children share how they’re feeling and communicate…

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Being Gender Inclusive

I started transgressing gender norms with my children when they were babies. I dressed them in colors and styles…

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Why Children Confuse God with Santa

Santa is everywhere these days. Well before Thanksgiving, store displays and commercials were selling products in his…

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Helping Kids Appreciate Facts

What is a fact? One basic definition is that facts are things that we know to be true because of experience,…

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Avoiding Seductive Details

Drawing children into learning activities can sometimes feel like Sisyphus rolling an immense boulder uphill. Just when…

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Developing Spiritual Persistence

I am often so excited when I begin a new spiritual practice, I expect to see immediate benefits. In my enthusiasm, I…

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Ways to Check Understanding

A common way to check whether children have understood something is to give a test. But even in schools, teachers are…

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Learning to Forgive

Sibling squabbles were a daily part of life when my children were preschoolers. They erupted when one child would steal…

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Letting Go of the ‘Main Point’

It’s often the first thing a teacher or group facilitator looks for in a lesson plan: a line near the top that…

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Collective Spiritual Conversations

Often our interactions with children center around questions like “What did you learn? Or “How did that happen?”…

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How Labels Undermine Spiritual Identity

“Where are all my helpers? It’s time to clean up our room for storytime.”  Many adults use the title 'helper'…

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