Life Skills for Remote Learning

Posted: March 24, 2020

Overcoming Obstacles’ Life Skills Lessons for Remote Learning is a free resource that offers educators engaging activities they can use with their secondary school students while they are learning from home. The activities will help your students identify their strengths, make better decisions, achieve their goals, develop a positive attitude, respect themselves as well as others, and handle the stress in their lives. Please feel free to include this handbook in any resource packet you, your school, or school district are assembling during this time of remote learning, and do not hesitate to share this handbook with anyone you feel will find it helpful.

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Helping Children Deal with Stress

Posted: March 19, 2020

Children thrive in a structured and organized setting but over the past couple of weeks, many of their daily structures have been displaced due to the spread of COVID-19.  A sad reality is that many households are not equipped to handle this sudden displacement, despite the growing number of social services available to them.  

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Building Confidence

Posted: March 3, 2020

After a brutal week filled with a seemingly never-ending amount of work, drama within my friend group, and a nasty case of the flu, I found myself staring at all that I had committed to this semester and doubting every choice I ever made. I felt like a fraud, like I wasn’t smart enough to be in the classes I was in, like I wasn’t qualified enough to work at the internship I have.  Although I was able to recognize the flaws in my thinking and cope with the negativity in a healthy way, these feelings were not unfamiliar to me. I spent most of my time in middle and high school struggling with these negative emotions. Now that I am older, I have the perspective to understand that just because life is hard, does not mean that it is unmanageable. In fact, the very same struggles that can make life feel overwhelming can become important transformative experiences when placed in the proper context and when taken on with the right skillset.

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You’re So Money

Posted: February 19, 2020

How many of us have friends and relatives, or maybe it’s ourselves, who don’t know their own value?  When growing up, I lacked the confidence needed to be assertive, to properly protect myself, and to thrive.  My mother said to me on more than one occasion, “You’re my daughter!  You can do this!”  For sure, I appreciated the pep talk, but those were just words from someone who loved me unconditionally.  Neither she nor my father taught me the skills I needed to appreciate my value.

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The Gaps

Posted: February 4, 2020

We all have gaps in our knowledge. A painter who isn’t skilled in math; a mathematician who stumbles over geography; a person so gifted you wonder if they know everything, only to discover they don’t know how to boil water. The reassuring thing about gaps is that many of them can be filled. This perspective on knowledge is empowering. Filling the gaps is an attainable goal with the right resources.

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