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Hey What’s been happening with Recess? Well – LOTS – behind the scenes.  I have met with Mr. Bradshaw and Jennifer Killion (special ed admin) and we’ve brainstormed and put into place a few things.  And a social work intern has taken this on as a research project – so […]

Recess Update – April


  Happy Daylight Savings Time. That’s right, it the time of the year that all parents hate!  Spring or Fall it doesn’t matter, because hour more/less of sleep means NOTHING to us parents! NOTHING! I worked hard to get a bedtime routine down with my kids. Truly, a routine helps […]

Sleep little darlings!


I met with my principal, Mr. Bradshaw and the special ed administrator to discuss further steps and how to implement more positive strategies and minimize using recess as a punishment. Teachers and staff were asked to self-report recess removal during a 2 week time frame. The data was not surprising […]

Recess Removal update



Okay – So, just in case you catch me in public with my 2 in tow and I’ve lost all patience, I’m not PERFECT at this NOT yelling thing.  I’m still a work in progress.  I am, however, MUCH better than I used to be. Let’s talk about the bad […]

How I Stopped Yelling at my Kids!


Seriously,  to all the moms (and dads and other caregivers) of 3 year olds – I hold up my coffee in salute to you. Your job is HARD! 3 year olds are HARD to live with.  (Yes, teens are too, but Let’s FOCUS here). Convo with a 3 year old […]

3 year olds are CRAZY!


   FACTS about Spanking. Is associated with increased aggression, depression, anxiety, and delinquent behaviors. (Apr 2016 study) It reduces gray matter in the brain.  Our pre-frontal cortex (where we make good “adult” choices) develops slower and is smaller if we were spanked a lot as a child. (Gray Matter 2009) The […]

Spanking and what else to do.



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1. I worked internally last year with administration on changing this policy and made very little headway as just 1 voice. This year at curriculum nights, I was informed that the policy was the same. I felt that I needed more voices on this issue and felt that a Petition […]

Why did I Start a Petition for Recess?


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RECOMMENDATIONS From American Academy of Pediatrics There is a FULL 8 page document available here.(http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/1/183) In their role as child health experts, the pediatricians of the AAP stress the following perspective to parents, teachers, school administrators, and policy makers: Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a […]

Research on RECESS removal


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RECESS!   Don’t we all have memories of Monkey Bars and Swings? Competing with friends, scraping knees and elbows, negotiating the rules of the made-up game?  Sadly our children may not. Many schools are eliminating or minimizing recess time despite RESEARCH that clearly shows it’s beneficial. Here’s the thing – […]

Please don’t take away my Recess!



1st – its normal development, but that doesn’t make it less annoying to parents! Kids tattle because they are developing a sense of right and wrong.  Children’s worlds are often black and white, and they don’t know how to problem solve all of the gray social situations that occur in […]

TATTLING