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The Parents Project is real thing that is really happening.
AKA, the site is up!

Our first handful of posts and our brand new design just went live moments ago - and we are so excited to share it with you all! We will be working over the next few months (and then to infinity and beyond!) to continue to build the essays, advice, stories, and more, and to work out any and all of the tiny bugs that will arise in these first few weeks.
We cannot thank all of you enough for supporting us and helping us begin this resource for so many parents who need guidance and support. 
Stay tuned as we add many new resources, and follow us on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram!!

I’ve seen some of the material that’s on the site, and think it’s a helpful tool to have on hand for parents, youth, and other involved adults alike.

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Anonymous asked: What exactly is a community based therapist?

Community-based therapists are based in the community as opposed to specifically a school — so, in clinics, homes, hospitals, or other community settings.  They’ve governed by state or federal guidelines that focus on broad medical need for someone to function at home or in the community, whereas school services are appropriated based on functioning specifically in school and guided by a different set of laws and guidelines. 

My position is referred to by some organizations or guidelines as “in-home” or “home-based” therapist, but I work with children in families in whatever settings in which the family and kiddos state they need assistance.  I’ve worked with children and families in their homes, in schools, in a shelter setting, in afterschool settings, in day cares, even on community outings to stores or activities.

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Seasonal Activity: Feelings Egg Hunt


This one is going up a little late, but all it takes it a trip to the dollar store and about fifteen minutes to set up.  This activity is not age-limited — it can be adjusted by adding pictures or more complex feelings, or even by giving scenarios instead of feelings and having kids talk about them in reverse.  It’s not only good for socioemotional learning for therapists, counselors, or teachers, but could also be used as a creative writing activity (or art if you’re working on drawing expressions, body language, etc).

What You’ll Need

  • Plastic eggs, available at most stores for cheap (mine are from Dollar Tree, tiny plain ones in a 24-pack and the larger patterened ones in what I think was a 12-pack but a few were lost in my car)
  • Paper strips (above are cut-up index cards for durability)
  • List of feeling words (balanced between + and - is best)
  • Baskets or other containers for collection (optional)

Print and paste or handwrite feeling words (and faces, if necessary, or possible scenarios for higher-level activity) onto strips.  Fold up strips and place in eggs.

If weather permits, this is a great outdoors activity — unfortunately, today it’s raining and we’ll be doing it indoors instead.  Explain to your kids (students, clients, etc., and guardians if applicable) that you’re going on an egg hunt, and (if appropriate — i.e. if they’ll understand that it’s a game rather than reality) these eggs, just like them, have feelings that they’ll be able to relate to.

Depending on your kids, you may want to give a limit (everyone try to find five, etc.) to be sure it’s more or less even.

When everyone has collected their eggs, sit in a circle and have each participant open one egg and read what the egg is feeling.  Have the participant respond, “I’ve felt like that too!  I felt ___ when…” and give an example of a time when they felt the same way. (If doing the higher-level activity, have participants instead read the scenario their egg is in, state how they think they would feel if they were the egg, and brainstorm some ways to respond; this can also be a group activity.)  Continue until nobody has any eggs left.

Close out the activity by asking participants which egg was the most challenging, and which was their favorite. In a formal setting the latter could be done with a coloring activity and/or augmented by having participants create their own egg with a feeling and a scenario.

If you want to be really goofy about it, I would absolutely give every single egg a ridiculous egg-themed name, whether on the paper slip or in marker on the outside. If I didn’t have to reuse mine, the sharpie would be coming out to label Eggbert, Eggwina, Shelldon, Shelly, etc… On a serious note, adding a name adds an additional supportive, scripted conversation piece — “It’s okay, Fry, I feel that way sometimes, too.  Once time…” “That’s awesome, Scrambella!  I…”

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According to People magazineOklahoma teens Katie Hill and Arin Andrews, who are transgender and were in a relationship with each other during their transitions, will share their stories in two memoirs to be published Sept. 30, 2014, by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. The book covers, revealed today, are above.

Katie Hill told People"I don’t want this book to just appeal to transgender people or their allies. I want people to understand that there really is no such thing as normal."

(via christina-in-alaska)

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Heads up, #education





There a few teacher Facebook groups that follow the #education tag, apparently. We saw one about a year ago where all the promoted posts were re-posted onto that group. This week I came across another after seeing a post shared a few times where it eventually made its…

FYI y’all

Don’t forget that you still have the right to demand work be removed! 

Facebook’s legal terms clearly state in Section 5 parts 1 & 2 that they have the right to remove any content that infringes on someone else’s rights- Posting screenshots of someone else’s work may seem like a gray area… but Facebook tends to lean on the side of caution in that regard.

Any original writing is protected by copyright law. Period. 

WeAreTeachers needs to learn some boundaries. 

Preach, msleah.  File under: things that are not cool.


I sent a fanmail to the account asking that they ask permission before screenshooting, with the explanation that some tumblr writers don’t have already nor do they want that size of readership.  Extending that courtesy would be easier than reporting the posts for copyright infringement. 

Jbizz, I don’t know if you gave the okay for your post to be on there but they’ve got a screenshot and linkback on March 7.

Itsssnix, March 5.

I don’t know wjrabosky, but there’s a repost that includes photos of their students in it, January 21, which I feel needs a shout out just in case they don’t want them on facebook even if faces aren’t showing.

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Do you regret that they have found you?
Naaaahhhhh. After 62K+ people it was bound to happen.
I actually had one student tell me my blog wasn’t that…

If you’d regret your students finding your tumblr, YOU SHOULDN’T BE POSTING THINGS ON THE INTERNET.

I’m looking at you, young teachers or teachers in training who post pictures of themselves drinking and/or drunk posting. It’s a really quick way of losing your job/never getting one.

::goes back through posts and privates all pictures and personal posts::

But then gets pissed about the double standard we have about teachers. Teacher aren’t human. Teachers do it for the kids so we bank on the kindness of their heart rather than supporting them. We expect the school marm from 100 years ago and reject the colorful lives that teachers can have. That’s not fair.

Yes, I’ll go back and private, but I’m doing nothing illegal. My job shouldn’t depend on my personal blog. WHICH, AT TIMES HIGHLIGHTS EDUCATION.

Is it terrible that I’m just not afraid?
If anybody wants my job that badly… go ahead, have it.

Let the older generation judge me.

Disagree, disagree, and disagree with the bolded above.  There are many reasons why students, parents, administration could react badly to something posted, and those things that are posted that could be reacted to are not confined to drunk-posting.  I believe that things are far more complicated than that.

Teachers and other youth-involved workers, but especially teachers, can be skewered and admonished for having opinions, for enjoying movies or tv shows that have content someone objects to, for being friends with someone who engages in activities that someone may view as unteacherly, for having or getting tattoos or piercings, for being in the same photo over a quiet dinner as an alcoholic beverage, for being remotely political, for being gender-variant or having a same-sex partner, for any number of things.  Just because a student or parent or administrator would react badly to something doesn’t mean that person has no business posting it on the internet.

I propose a modified warning: if you’d regret your students finding your tumblr, make sure it is absolutely untraceable back to you.

To tell a person that they aren’t allowed to have a personal life in public because they are in a certain is, I think, unfair to that person and demeaning of them as an individual with tastes and thoughts and opinions and beliefs.

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The Parent is Part of the…Equation.

Strengths-based.  Positive.  We try not to say “problem.”

But right no w part of the issue is a parent who is so passive they are actually veering more toward apathetic. It’s beyond not putting their foot down in terms of discipline — they don’t follow through with processes to get the household basic needs and assistance even when they have help for all but the last piece of the process, they have no desire to be involved with the school but at the same time will not say no to suggestions of going to parent-geared activities or connecting with seeing grades on the computer.  They just won’t say yes either.

Their entire demeanor could be reduced to a shrug, but they voice wanting to keep everyone together with strong feelings…sometimes. They say they feel they have no support system when other providers described to us how they have offered and given numerous supports in numerous circumstances.

Maybe part of this is learned helplessness.  Maybe part is depression, though we aren’t privy to the parent’s diagnoses — and maybe I should mention the possibility of need my team mate.  But what can we do to help this parent develop assertiveness when the parent is barely present while they’re there?

(If more information is needed, I can talk privately to give some more detail while still maintaining privacy of information.)

Anyone familiar with this challenge either in the school or therapy setting and have any suggestions?

Filed under social work therapy family therapy education assistance please advice needed assertiveness mental health family functioning family systems

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Give and Take

In the last few weeks I’ve been told by kids, parents, or other professionals that it is my fault that a crisis is happening (parent), that my presence is what’s making a kid act up (professional), that I should be shot in the face (child); have been called unnecessary, useless, f*ggot, p*ssy, b*tch, motherf*cker, and “that girl”; have been swung at by a few different sets of small fists; and have had communication continuously ignored by a handful of people with whom we’re supposed to be working in tandem.

I have also been complimented by my supervisor, an admissions counselor, coworkers,and parents; given stickers to appreciative colleagues for themselves, not kids, and seen them hang onto them for days; have seen people overjoyedly become a permanent family, adults hug their kids and kids hug their adults; become a human chair by sitting down on a preschool circle rug for more than a minute; and watched removed and unresponsive kids get so excited over playing jenga with people that they move into jokes, laughter, and silliness.

I am very, very tired.  But I love my job.

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