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July 2013

Pictures of PEACE! Enjoy!

As I post my daily blog, I always enjoy finding images which relate to the topic of the day.  Often, I find them so uplifting and inspiring.  So today, I'll be sharing mainly images and a quote or my thoughts regarding the picture.  

Also, pictures are an excellent way of initialing a conversation with your children.  Ask them what they are seeing in the picture.  You can also explore their feelings that come up as they view the picture.


Sharon Ann Wikoff

My thoughts are like the ripples in the ocean.

Children ARE Teachers of PEACE

In the 1980’s I was working as the Children’s Director of Education at the West Valley Center for Spiritual Living in southern California.  One of the books I purchased at that time and have used over the last 30 years is,Children As Teachers of PeaceBy Our Children, Edited by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. author of Love is Letting Go of Fear.

This book has children’s art work in it as well as their words about PEACE.  In the editor's introduction they described the book as a joyous journey and inspired from the truth in the words: “Children as Teachers of Peace”.

Listening to Children...In Action!

Listening to Children…In Action!

As I mentioned yesterday in my blog, listening to children is so very important.  As both parent and educator I’ve come to understand that listening to children is very essential for their well-being.  It addition, it is FUN and very revealing. Listening plays a huge part in connectedness which research shows is the key to a happy childhood as well as a happy adulthood! Listening makes for a peaceful child and peaceful family. 

When I was 18 years old, and a day camp counselor, one of the children in my group was with another counselor doing a craft project.

Listening to Children...of All Ages!


I’ve been writing the blog now for 16 days.  Each day I want the content to be note-worthy, important to the reader!  Daily I ponder “What should the focus be for my next blog”?   Sometimes, the topic is obvious!  Sometimes, it’s not!  Ideas come and go!  I continue my thought process.  Daily,  I want something NEW, something DIFFERENT, something to catch everyone’s attention.  For Day 17 several subject entered my mind but no decision was made!

Blogging and Parenting...What Do They Have In Common?

The reason I am blogging each day during July is because Lesa Townsend  ( presented a 31 Day Challenge and invited folks to blog daily for 31 days.  She sends a wonderful newsletter daily, with tips for Bloggers.  I’ve found it very helpful, and yet I have much to learn about the social media side of writing a blog.

Two years ago I started my blog, but had not done much with it.   So, I felt this 31 day challenge was a great opportunity.  I must say that last week I found the word “challenge” very appropriate.

10 Fun Ways to Connect With Your Child

10 Fun Ways to Connect With Your Child

Finding fun and easy ways of connecting with your child/ren makes for a peaceful day for all.  Following are 10 fun ways of connecting with your kids.  If you have other ideas, please feel free to share.  I’d love to hear what works for you and your family.   

1.    Serve the food you give to them in a
fun and creative way.

Make a face with the fruit they are having for breakfast or a snack. Or cut their sandwich in the shape of a star.

The Importance of "Quiet Time" for all!

The Importance of “Quiet Time” for all!

Do you ever get to the point where you are yearning for some time where nothing is scheduled,  when there is no specific task that must be accomplished, when you can simply sit back and reflect on things?

I know that I certainly do!  I need this type of quiet time.  Time to think my own thoughts, to be still, to see what emerges in the stillness.  And I’ve seen how important this quiet time is for children too.

In today’s fast paced world, both the adult and child can find themselves overly involved with very little that is free from one specific activity or another.

"YES" Environments for Children

                  “YES” Environments for Children

"YES" Environments are about creating spaces for children which give  freedom to both children and parents!!

As I sit down to write my blog for this 13th Day of July, we are in the midst of summer.  For those of you with children at home, you may be having a wonderful time, or you may be counting the days until school begins. In either case, I hope that these ideas will add to the summer fun you are experiencing with your children.

Focusig on "What is Right"! Part II

Focusing on “What is Right” Part II

Yesterday the title of my blog was Focusing on “What is Right!” and I shared with you the work of Kurt Wright, who spent more than 20 years working with top business leaders and their organizations, to support them in "getting on a roll" and to understand what each of us is like when we are at our best. In his work he encourages individuals to focus on "what is right".

As part of his program he invites people to answer five questions, which I shared in the blog yesterday (and are below).

Focusing on "What is Right"! Part I

Focusing on “What is Right”!

Some years ago, I met a gentlemen who had initiated a program for Abundance and it was based on looking at “what is already right”, not focusing on the problem, or what is wrong.  I was very curious about his  approach and asked him more about it. He referred me to Kurt Wright’s work, and the book Breaking the Rules.

Kurt Wright, founder and President of Clear Purpose Management, Inc., has spent more than 20 years working with top business leaders and their organizations, all around the world, to support them in getting on a roll.
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