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Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning
by Lennon Flowers
The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation, and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.
You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
by David Sobel
New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.
Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Many of the Disney classics contain outdated images of racial and gender groups. Luckily, recent animated masterpieces provide alternatives without sacrificing anything in the way of imagination.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura Gottesdiener
Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
What I Learned About Living Well In My Mother’s Puerto Rican Kitchen What I Learned About Living Well In My Mother’s Puerto Rican Kitchen
by Melinda Gonzalez
When I was growing up, the conveniences of modern life took over my mother’s kitchen, and our health declined as a result. Here’s what happened when we went back to the way our ancestors dined.
This Christmas, Try Compassion at the Dinner Table This Christmas, Try Compassion at the Dinner Table
by YES! online staff
In the spirit of the season, Reverend James Forbes shows us how compassion at the dinner table can bring people from all walks of life together—and reminds us that our work isn't done until that happens.
Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List
by Christopher Zumski Finke
This is my first Christmas as a father. Since my baby has never known holiday commercialism, it's made me re-examine what I really want to ask for this year.
Can Football Teach Boys Compassion Instead of Aggression? Two Videos Show Us It Can. Can Football Teach Boys Compassion Instead of Aggression? Two Videos Show Us It Can.
by Ariel Chesler
Two videos making the rounds online show us what happens when boys embrace their vulnerability and support one another's emotional needs.
StoryCorps: On Black Friday, Don’t Shop For Loved Ones—Listen to Them StoryCorps: On Black Friday, Don’t Shop For Loved Ones—Listen to Them
by Natalie Lubsen
Finish out the holiday week by taking a few minutes to record the story of someone you love. We guarantee it will mean more to you than shopping.
Dear Michelle Obama: If We Want to Curb Childhood Obesity, Sesame Street Is Not Going to Cut It Dear Michelle Obama: If We Want to Curb Childhood Obesity, Sesame Street Is Not Going to Cut It
by Erin Sagen
Can a licensing deal between Sesame Street and the Produce Marketing Association truly improve childhood health? Maybe, but grassroots solutions already exist.
A New Dad Asks, If Male Violence Is the Biggest Threat to Women—How Do I Raise a Kind Son? A New Dad Asks, If Male Violence Is the Biggest Threat to Women—How Do I Raise a Kind Son?
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The idea of having a baby boy scared me: What kind of man will he grow up to be? Here’s what I learned about what it takes to raise compassionate men.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks
by Shannon Hayes
Living a happy life in love is the most important sexual education we can give our kids.
How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style
by Frida Berrigan
For a more sustainable start to the school year, just follow the Seattle-based rapper to that thrift store down the road.
When You've Built a Life of Joys, the Biggest Challenge Is Choosing When You've Built a Life of Joys, the Biggest Challenge Is Choosing
by Shannon Hayes
I've built a life filled with work I love. But the challenge of choosing among competing joys is very real.
Putting My Kids' Art in the Trash: How I Got Past the Guilt Putting My Kids' Art in the Trash: How I Got Past the Guilt
by Shannon Hayes
It feels bad to throw away the crayon drawings and unfinished projects. But the memories stored there can never really be lost.
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