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International Friendship Month: 15 ways to help a friend

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  Why is friendship so important?  True friendships bring a sense of belonging and acceptance, while reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation from the world. When times get tough, feeling like you are not alone makes tough times more manageable.  … READ MORE

A Compliment Goes A Long Way: 50 compliments you can give right now

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Compliment (n):  A polite expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration. – Merriam-Webster   January 24th is National Compliment Day! Compliments produce a reward system in the brain that boosts motivation, self-esteem, and acts as a natural mood lifter. Compliment … READ MORE

Our Kids Deserve Better: What is SEL?

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By Contributing Author Jack Bernard. This Op-Ed piece was originally written for Respectful Ways. Sections of this article appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, December 5, 2023             “Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Emotional Intelligence … READ MORE

SEL skills linked to increased student achievement

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Meridian Public School District credits Respectful Ways and PBIS with increasing their students’ social-emotional learning skills   Could SEL combined with educational frameworks in schools be a game changer? Increased student performance at Meridian Public School District suggests this is … READ MORE

The true benefits of gratitude – and 10 best ways to give thanks

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  The fall and winter seasons are often associated with meal preparation of comfort foods, cozying up under a warm blanket, or relaxing with a cup of hot cocoa by a fire. This season, aside from decompressing, it’s just as … READ MORE

20 Acts of Kindness for World Kindness Day

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Contributing Author: Kim Celotto Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams   We’ve all experienced walking behind someone who chooses not to hold the … READ MORE

School Violence, Trauma & Bullying are at an all-time high

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Contributing Author: Jack Bernard “Character education teaches children that the rush they get from bullying, for example, can be replaced by the positive rush they feel from being kind and making friends. However, this flip of the switch is not … READ MORE

What is Social and Emotional Learning and Why is it Important?

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From toddlers to middle-schoolers, learn about social emotional learning and why it’s important for kids. When it comes to learning and teaching social skills for kids, memorable quotes like “Treat others the way you want to be treated” may come … READ MORE

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