Families Growing Together

Families Growing Together: Coming of Age

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Rebellion is an evil word often attributed to teenagers who are struggling to achieve some level of independence. It’s a curious word because it can be utilized in both a positive or negative light. I suppose its attribution depends on which side of the argument one stands. Coming…

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Families Growing Together: Awakening Into a New Experience

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Renewal, or beginning again, is best achieved when we can notice our own internal conflicts and work with them. Restart. Remember. Remind. All these words have something in common. They suggest something old that has been brought back to the present. Whether it be through memories, activities or…

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Families Growing Together: What if Transformation is Letting Go?

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Transformation had never been a concept that I considered at this time of the year. I contemplated transformation at the beginning of a school years and for New Year’s resolutions; these new ideas usually remaining only in my head. In my experience, May had not screamed “Change!”, aside…

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Families Growing Together: What We Don’t Tell Our Children

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Success comes from taking risks. Rewards of risks seldom leave us displeased, resulting in self-esteem boosts and other personal benefits. A risk would not be a risk if it did not have the possibility of failure. I sometimes wonder if we are doing our children a disservice by…

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Families Growing Together: Family Dynamics Are Like Shadows

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning The dynamics of family life are complex and complicated, beautiful and frustrating. We are born or brought into one familial unit; as adults we may create another. Family dynamics are like shadows. They follow us around for most of our lives and seem to come out in full…

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Families Growing Together: Children – Blissful in Their Unknown

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning This month, take some time to sit with your family. Ask them about their fears, about their desires, about those dreams that escape them. Ask each other about what the unknown means to them. Watching small children play is a glimpse into true authenticity. They are not concerned…

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Families Growing Together: Our Children And Wisdom

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Trying to describe wisdom to young children and youth is a daunting task. Using language to describe it may actually take you further away from its truth than when you first began. Wisdom is best shown through action. Because it is elusive to many people, wisdom calls others…

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Families Growing Together: The Call

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Our Children — The Call With the internet at their fingertips, our children are surrounded by a mediated world more intimately than they ever have been. They see images that challenge them, both positively and negatively, in worlds of which some of us could never dream. These images…

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Our Children – Delight in Life Naturally

By Amanda Fischer, Director of Lifespan Learning Children often can help adults to remember what “delight” is like. Children tend to delight in life naturally. The first snowfall, a birthday cake, a race with a friend; children are awake to the delights of being alive in a world full of wonder and beauty. Try out…

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Our Children – Awakened, Fascinated With The World

by Amanda Fischer, Director of Lifespan Learning Have you ever watched a toddler investigating a puddle? What about a school-aged child rolling down a hill over and over again? Children are often awake to the beauty and fascination of the world around them in ways that adults have forgotten. This month, our task is to…

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Our Children – Hooked by issues of Justice

by Amanda Fischer, Director of Lifespan Learning There are so many opportunities for children to learn about justice at home. From basic questions about right and wrong, all the way to exploring the various shades of grey in complex political questions, young people are hooked by issues of fairness and justice. Ethical questions naturally engage…

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