The Butterfly Effect

Posted: August 19, 2020

It may be difficult to appreciate how much of a difference good deeds and a life skills education make in individual lives, communities, and our world at large. Those of us familiar with science fiction or philosophy have likely heard of the concept known as “the butterfly effect.” The idea behind the butterfly effect is that even something as seemingly insignificant as the beating of a butterfly’s wings affects events going into the future.  A different way of thinking about this concept is that everything affects everything else. All actions and moments matter.

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Posted: August 4, 2020

When I was 13 years old, my mother gave me a small book containing one of her favorite poems, “IF” by Rudyard Kipling. At the end of the poem were the words “man” and “son” – she crossed them out and wrote “woman” and “daughter.” My mother told me to read the poem often and try to live by its words. Almost 40 years later, as she was dying, my mother asked me to give copies of “IF” to all of her grandchildren. I did.

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Posted: July 28, 2020

Tips for parents to teach life skills at home!

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Nurturing the Development of Young Children

Posted: July 21, 2020

Now that we’ve both been home full-time with our respective children (2 toddlers for Nell and a high schooler, middle schooler, and elementary schooler for Meredith) for four months, it’s become even more clear to us how important it is that parents and other caregivers in children’s lives understand how every moment—every interaction—between a child and someone else is an opportunity for learning.

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Safe Spaces

Posted: June 10, 2020

The risk-factors of homelessness, poverty and single-parent homes for students and their families are often overlooked, instead of taking them into consideration holistically in the classroom. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are more than 560,000 homeless people in the United States on a given night. But homelessness is not just the obvious idea of being without a physical home; it also embodies certain aspects—such as the breaking up of families—that silently dehumanize a child’s psyche.

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