Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. – Muhammad Ali

My dear friend Kim had a cold/sinus, something going on a few months ago. It turns out that even though all we had done was text, I had it in a day or two. read more →

5 weekend activities to keep you kids learning, engaged and having fun.

As a child, the arrival of the weekend meant playing make-believe and romping around outside with the stipulation that you had to come in once it started getting dark. Things are a lot different now. Kids enjoy video games, YouTube videos, and watching movies, but that doesn’t leave a lot of room for exploration, knowledge expansion, and learning. Your child likely sees the weekend as a break from school, but what if you could make learning something new fun? Put away the worksheets and check out these weekend activities both children and adults will enjoy.

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Everyone can have a positive impact on someone else’s life and this teacher is showing kids just how important it can be.  Continue Reading

So, I was running late for work and needed to stop for fuel. I filled the car with $50 petrol and headed in to pay. read more →

Flowers in a field with the words Kindness makes the world a better place.

I had a very frustrating day yesterday. 4.5 hours on a live chat trying to fix my Outlook after updating it! Yep, I was feeling rather deflated by the time I had to pick my 17 y.o. up from school. read more →

Classroom management strategies and resources for calm, happy students

There's nothing fun about a classroom that's out of control. It's stressful and unproductive. Thinking about kids running amok reminds of something my husband often says. "Start how you intend to finish!" For me, that means starting the year with strong classroom management strategies in place. Setting the rules at the start of the year means everyone is on the same page. Start planning before you head back to school and be prepared to involve the students in your new grades.

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I did a kind gesture the other day by donating my house trained baby rescue pig. read more →

Quote - One of the most important things we adults can do for young children is to model the kind of person we would like them to be.

I’ve used several of your Ripple Kindness suggestions here in my room in the middle school where I work. Recently we’ve had a student diagnosed with bone cancer. This student is a very popular student, very conscientious about their studies, and comes from a fantastic family. read more →

Quote - You will never have a completely bad day if you show kindness at least once.

On the way home from school with my youngest son at the wheel, we were close to home when we noticed a burning smell and smoke coming from the bonnet. He pulled into the next street and we popped the hood to investigate.

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Quote - Imprint your positive experiences on your heart and mind. They are the little seeds that help us to flourish.

My husband and I were in a restaurant, having just visited our gravely ill 7-month-old grandson in the hospital. We had a lot on our minds as we were told he would not live. That didn’t stop him though. read more →

Tips from a principal who nurtures kindness and empathy at school and encourages her school community to part-take in good deeds. #kindness #ripplekindness #makeadifference #bedkindedu #teachers #principals #school #positivevibes #teachingtips

I constantly research and try to stay in touch with what's happening in the world of kindness. During one of my web surfing sessions, I came across some advice in a school newsletter by Tanya Uren, principal at Kingston Primary School in Western Australia.

I love that she encourages her whole school community to show kindness and prompts parents to nurture it at home. I felt it is something that other schools may also like to highlight in their communication to parents so I asked Tanya if she minded me sharing her insights with you below.    

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GP’s are now making community referrals for art activities, creative writing, Mindfulness, volunteering, group learning, and sports, etc., to facilitate wellbeing and recovery. ‘Social prescribing’ is becoming ever more important as we become increasingly aware of holistic approaches to wellbeing and embrace the idea of the ‘whole person’. Being conscious of our own physical and mental wellbeing over our lifetime requires self-awareness and a personal investment in our physical and mental health.

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