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Don’t miss the Colorado Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Showcase

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12, ages 13 and over.

And from now until March 7, 2023, you can see their genius on display at the Denver Art Museum! 

Each year, thousands of Colorado youth enter an average of 5,000 pieces of artwork into the program. Through the process of blind adjudication, exhibitions of award-winning work, recognition, and awarding of scholarships on the state and national levels, students have opportunities that would not be possible without this program.

Artworks on view at the Denver Art Museum include American Vision Nominees, Jurors Choice Award, Senior Portfolio, Ceramics & Glass, Digital Art (Digital Displays), Drawing & Illustration, Expanded Projects, Film & Animation, Mixed Media, and Painting. All Honorable Mention Awards will be digitally displayed at both exhibition locations.

The exhibition, on view in Wonderscape (Martin Building, lower level) is included in the Denver Art Museum’s general admission, which is free for youth 18 and younger. 

How can I teach my child to share?

Does your child struggle with sharing? The tug of war, the kicking, the shoving, we’ve all seen the perils of children fighting over a toy. Sharing is HARD, especially for little ones who don’t have a full understanding of the concept. This is a normal part of the development process. 

The growing child develops attachments to things as well as persons. This ability to form strong attachments is important to being an emotionally healthy person. The one-year-old has difficulty sharing her mommy; the two-year-old has difficulty sharing her teddy bear. Some children get so attached to a toy that the raggedy old doll becomes part of the child’s self

According to Dr. Sears, true sharing implies empathy, the ability to get into another’s mind and see things from their viewpoint. Children are seldom capable of true empathy under the age of six.

How to Teach Your Child to Share

The good news is, we can start teaching toddlers to share! Start early and play with them often to help them learn. Here are some tips and game that can help:

  • Starting at just over 1 year your child can start to learn what it means to take turns. Here are some ideas for fun activities that encourage taking turns:
    • Sit with your child and roll a ball back and forth to encourage playing nice with others.
    • Gather several big blocks and sit on the floor with your child. Begin by stacking one or two blocks. Next, give a block to your child and tell him to put it on the tower. When she does this, say, “It’s my turn,” and put another block on the tower. Next, tell her, “It is your turn.” Continue trading turns as you build the tower higher and higher.
    • First, you will need a board at a slanted angle that is wide enough for cars to go down. Start out by rolling the cars down the board, then give your child a car and let her try. Repeat, putting the cars on backward and sideways. Let her catch cars at the end of the ramp and bring them around to do it again!
    • First, get two play phones and sit with your child on the floor. Make a ringing noise and answer your phone. Say, “Hello. Is (child’s name) there?” Then hand the phone to her, saying, “(Child’s name), it’s for you.” Pick up the other phone and begin talking to her. Let her talk, then repeat what she says back to her. For instance, you can say, “Oh, you were playing with your doll.” Ask her lots of questions, listen, and show her that you understand her answers. After a while, say goodbye to her and hang up the phone.
  • As your child gets closer to 2, he can start to understand more about sharing. Practice sharing with your child. Have him give you a toy and then you give it back. Or give him 2 of something to snack on and ask him to give you one. Be sure to give positive feedback when he shares!
  • Playdates and group activities also help toddlers learn to share, interact with others, and make friends.

And finally, recognize when it is OK not to share. Sometimes there are items that your preschooler just isn’t ready to give up. And that’s fine. If you force him to share something he’s not ready to give up, it could backfire, making him resentful instead of generous.

Before a playdate begins, go through the house and have your little one pick out items he’d rather not have someone else play with. Put them in a special place. Then go through and pick out things that are great for sharing — art supplies, puzzles, board games. This will set a good tone in helping them learn to share.

-Bright by Text

Denver Children’s Consignment Sales Spring 2023 Schedule

Welcome to Denver’s Spring Consignment Sale for 2023!

Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Be sure to check out the following fabulous sales. Always double-check the website for times, admission prices and any changes.

Denver Children’s Consignment Sales 2023

February 24-26
Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton
Thursday (9 a.m.- 7 p.m.); Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.); Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)
Where: Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton 

March 4
Mothers of Multiples Society Sale
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock

March 23-26
Just Between Friends of Aurora
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (25% off sale); Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (50% off)
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016

March 30-April 2
Just Between Friends of Douglas County
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (half-price sale)
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80104

April 13-16
Just Between Friends of Arvada
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 9 am -6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (50% off)
Where: Flatiron Marketplace, 170 E Flatiron Crossing, Broomfield

April 15
Boulder County Kids Sale
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Boulder Valley Christian Church, 7100 S Boulder Road, Boulder

April 20-23
Just Between Friends of Denver
Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (half-price sale)
Where: Shop at Northfield, 7950 Northfield Boulevard, Denver

May 4-7
Just Between Friends of Loveland
Times: Thurs. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (50% off) 
Where: The Outlets at Loveland – I-25 & Hwy 34

May 10-14
Just Between Friends of Longmont
Times: Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat. 50% off); Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (75% off)
Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont

 Have we missed your favorite sale? Be sure to leave the information in the comments below.


Consignment sales no longer in operation or pending:

Rhea Lana’s: Pending
St. Philip Early Learning Center (pending)
Supertwins of Colorado: Discontinued
Haute Tots: Pending
Bear Valley MOPS: Discontinued
New to You Sale: Temporarily Discontinued

Photos: JBF

Denver Restaurant Week 2023: What You Need to Know

Denver Restaurant week returns to Denver from March 3–March 12, 2023.  Here’s what you need to know!

WHEN: Denver Restaurant Week will be held for 10 days March 3 – 12, 2023.

WHAT: The program will showcase the creative, exciting menus that diners have come to expect – with both to-go and in-person options. Once again, Denver Restaurant Week will include three price points: $25, $35, and $45 for a three-course meal. The program will also focus on advocacy for the industry while keeping the health and safety of the community top of mind.

WHY: With numerous food and beverage awards to its name (including several from the uber-prestigious James Beard Foundation), Denver has quickly become a dining destination for foodies. You’ll find plenty of fine dining options at chef-owned eateries, along with cuisine from around the globe at our gourmet food halls and markets, and fresh, local ingredients like green chile and Colorado beef and lamb.

VISIT DENVER’s Denver Restaurant Week was initially designed to showcase Denver’s growing culinary offerings to local residents during a traditionally slow time of year; over the past 18 years, it has evolved to highlight what is now an award-winning, nationally recognized dining scene. 

Denver RestaurantWeek’s menus are live and can be found here


Your RSV Questions Answered By Colorado Children’s Hospital

This year, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has created a particularly challenging situation for kids, families and healthcare providers, who have had to contend with “tridemic” of RSV, the flu and COVID-19. Hospitals and neonatal intensive care units across the state have come up against more pediatric hospitalizations for RSV than ever before, and we know that this has left parents with young children scared, concerned and unsure about what RSV means for their family. Below, Children’s Hospital Colorado pediatricians and neonatologists Kathleen Hannan, MD, and Stephanie Bourque, MD, share their answers to some of the most common RSV-related questions they hear.

How contagious is RSV? If one child in the house gets RSV, is it possible to protect siblings?

RSV is spread through contact with droplets from the nose and mouth of infected people when they cough and sneeze. RSV can also spread through dried respiratory secretions on clothes and similar items and can remain on hard surfaces for several hours and on skin for shorter amounts of time. Washing hands and staying away from those who are feeling sick is the best way to prevent the spread. Teach older siblings not to touch baby’s face or hands and instead connect in another way, such as “feet hugs.” While it might not always be possible to fully prevent RSV from spreading in your home, older children typically handle RSV better than young infants and babies. 

Should my child be tested for RSV?

While tests are available for RSV, they are primarily limited to children in the emergency room or hospital. Testing for RSV does not change how we treat infected infants and children. The best ways to manage RSV are through supportive care, which includes fluids, suctioning as needed, treating fever and getting plenty of rest. There are other illnesses that may present similar to RSV, including strep throat and influenza. Your pediatrician may test your child for these or other illnesses to help guide appropriate therapy and medications.

How do you safely allow for social interaction with other kids during the respiratory season? 

This is really challenging, especially during the past few years with pandemic isolation and decreased socialization for young children. When possible, meet friends or playgroups in well-ventilated areas or outside at parks. Continue honest conversations with other parents about sick symptoms in your household to make the most informed decision. If anyone is feeling under the weather, reschedule for another day.

Should we expect RSV to be this serious every year?

We are likely seeing increased numbers of RSV cases this year as a significant number of children have never been infected with RSV before. Typically, children ages 0 to 2 are at the highest risk of contracting RSV, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many older preschoolers and school-age children were not exposed to RSV due to social distancing, mask wearing, and decreased enrollment in daycares and preschools. The good news is that experts are researching new ways to protect infants and young children from RSV. New RSV monoclonal antibodies being studied will likely be available to more infants, including those born at term. Additionally, a promising new vaccine has been developed that would be given during the second or third trimester of pregnancy and is designed to provide immunity to newborn infants for the first several months of life. Neither of these new therapies are available quite yet, but parents and pediatricians are hopeful they will help decrease the risk of serious disease and hospitalization in young children.

And remember, always consult with your pediatrician for specific questions or concerns about your child’s health. 

Additional resources 

  • If you are seeking assistance or care, please call your primary care provider or the Children’s Hospital Colorado ParentSmart Healthline™ at 720-777-0123, to receive tips from registered, experienced pediatric nurses, available 24/7.
  • Caregivers can also use the free ChildrensMD mobile app to access care guides to help make smart decisions on what level of care (if any) is needed and how to provide speedy symptom relief for minor illnesses or injuries you can manage on your own.
  • Symptoms of respiratory viruses can be similar. Read our expert guide on how to spot the subtle differences between RSV, flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses.

St. Patrick’s Day in Denver: Family-friendly events

The luck of the Irish is alive and well in Denver! St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be about green beer and pub crawls. Here are some family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day events in Denver for 2023:

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Denver 2023

Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade

WHEN: March 11, 2023; 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Denver
Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade starts on Wynkoop at 19th Street, turns down 17th Street in front of Denver Union Station, and then turns northeast down Blake Street, proceeding all the way up to 27th Street.

Olde Town Arvada’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival

WHEN: March 11, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Olde Town Arvada

Everyone’s Irish at this all-ages St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This street festival features live music, 50+ unique vendors, food, a kids’ zone, and adult libations.

Runnin’ of the Green 7K and 2mile race/walk

WHEN: March 12, 2023; 11 a.m. 
WHERE: Washington Park

Whether you opt for a 7-mile (11 km) route or a simpler 2-mile (3 km) path, have no doubt that the views of Denver’s gorgeous downtown will inspire you for days to come. What else? Plenty of good beer, live music, and Irish dancing performances. Participants come together for the race at Boulder Running Company Cherry Creek at around 11 am.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day A Bright Morning

WHEN: March 17, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE Painting with a Twist, Lone Tree

Spend your St. Patrick’s Day at Painting with a Twist as you paint ‘A Bright Morning’ with family or friends.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K

WHEN: March 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
WHERE: Highlands Ranch Town Center

Grab your friends, family, running shoes, and your best Irish costume, and join us as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a festive 5K!

Family Day Out: St. Patty’s Day Celebration

WHEN: March 18, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Uncorked Kitchen and Wine Bar

Celebrate Irish culture today and have some fun together while you do so! Spend some time enjoying a delicious stew, baking together and decorating sweet treats to celebrate just after the famous day. 

St. Patrick’s Day Ninja Night

WHEN: March 18, 5-8 p.m. 
WHERE: Easton Training Center, Denver

Take an evening for yourselves, while they entertain the kids! The Kids’ Martial Arts program at Easton Training Center – Denver hosts several Ninja Nights each year as a fun opportunity for kids to have fun. 

St. Patrick’s Day Specials at Hopdoddy Burger Bar

WHEN: TBA 2023
WHERE: Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Enjoy Hopdoddy’s Shepherd’s Pie Poutine, a delicious order of hand-cut fries loaded with Jameson-braised pot roast, vegetables and white cheddar cheese curds, all topped with a pasture-raised egg and fried rosemary. This order will only be available while supplies last!

Denver Deal: Travel and Adventure Show Discount, Free Days

All those great diet resolutions that you started at the beginning of the year – they may be like mine. Completely done for – in part because Girl Scout Cookies are on sale again! My faves are the tried-and-true thin mints and samosa. But I have heard the raspberries ones are amazing. Have you tried? What is your favorite?

Travel and Adventure Show. My favorite kind of celebrity is a travel celebrity. Yeah, I may sort of fan girl over Samantha Brown or Rick Steves. I also totally respect the Points Guy. He can give tips on how to get the best deals in travel – and he’ll be in Denver for the Travel and Adventure Show, February 25-26 at the Convention Center. Save $7 per ticket (making them just $9) when you use promo code DVPRIOR23.

Free Days. We have posted the list of all the free days again this year. Mark this page and make a New Year’s Resolution to go to a few of these! This week the free days are:  

·         February 23 – City of Aurora Open Space & Natural Resources

·         February 23 – Clyfford Still Museum

·         February 23 – Plains Conservation Center

·         February 27 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

National Margarita Day. National Margarita Day is Wednesday, February 22. Here are some of the best deals we have found:

·         Punch Bowl Social. Enjoy $5 margaritas and $2 tacos all day Weds., Feb. 22.

·          Los Chingones. Los Chingones doesn’t want just one day – but are celebrating the whole week with $5 margaritas.

·         Blanco Cocina + Cantina. Offering ½ off pitchers all day long. While you’re there get some of their street corn (I dream of the stuff).

·         Chevy’s. Chevy’s has a margarita flight for just $10. This includes signature, strawberry and mango!

·         Chili’s and On the Border. Both Chili’s and On the Border have their premium margaritas for just $5 all day!

Elitch Gardens Pre K Pass. Little ones can ride, slide and play at Elitch Gardens all season long with the return of the Prek-K Pass. The pass gives free admission for children three to five years of age for the whole 2023 season (including Fright Fest). Parents register your kids online before May 21 at  and then activate the pass before June 25. Adults you can buy season Passes right now for $74.99 – which gives you unlimited visits to the park, free parking, free tickets for friends and more.

Prom Dress Exchange in Denver. On Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. choose from 1,500 dresses to find the dress of your dreams for only a $10 donation or another gently used outfit. Additionally, they’ll have shoes, jewelry, handbags, and hair accessories so everyone can be Cinderella on their special night. No one is turned away. Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado.

IHOP National Pancake Day. February 28, IHOP will celebrate National Pancake Cake with a free short stack of pancakes for FREE! The offer is only available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and dine-in only.

REI Sale. Clearance jackets, footwear, clothing and backpacks are up to 50% off! Now is the time to get great outdoor gear on sale!

Denver Restaurant Week. I usually have a pretty tight budget where we don’t go out to eat too much. But I do love Denver Restaurant Week. That is the time I get to try restaurants that I would not normally go to. They have special deals at Denver’s Top Restaurants with menus at a tiered level of $24, $34, or $45 per person. The week is March 3-12, but many restaurants taking reservations now.


“Safer Internet Month” Tips to Keep Everyone in Your Family Safe Online

Every February, internet users around the world observe the annual “Safer Internet Month” to increase awareness of ways to make internet safety a top priority for adults and children.

With cybercrime costing businesses and internet users at all levels billions of dollars in 2022, consumers need to prioritize keeping their connected devices, and the people who use them, safe.Internet Safety Tips

Children rely on the internet more than ever for communication, schoolwork, and socialization. While the internet can be a powerful and effective tool for children, it’s important to remember that with any technology comes risk. Here are some tips and tools to provide a safe and secure internet experience for your family:

• Communication: Talk to your children about their online experiences so they’re more likely to share uncomfortable situations.

• Parental Controls: Like most parents, you may be curious about what kind of content your child is consuming online. Luckily, with Xfinity you never have to wonder. Learn more about activating parental controls on the internet and keeping your family safe while
surfing the web.

• Advanced Security Tools: Xfinity xFi Advanced Security helps prevent you from accidentally accessing risky sites, and monitors network activity in real-time to detect when devices are behaving in unusual ways that could indicate a security risk.

• Private information: Children may not understand the significance of sharing their personal information on the internet. Help your children understand that some information (i.e., their address, phone number, school, etc.) is private and should not be shared online.Keep kids safe online

• Family contract: Avoid confusion and establish clear rules surrounding internet communication. A family contract is a useful tool to establish rules regarding information that cannot be shared online, the level of permission required before meeting someone in person, and other important information.

Another tool to make the internet safer for families is Common Sense Media, which offers ratings and reviews for TV shows, movies, games, and apps so parents can be well informed.

Keeping your kids safe online is an ongoing — and not always easy — process. Combining the right tools with smart parenting will help ensure that your kids are safe on all their devices and can grow into savvy, independent adults.

For more internet safety tips, visit

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“I Care”: Self-harming and what every parent needs to know

Many parents are currently navigating the twilight zone of parenting that makes colicky, sleepless nights with a newborn and potty-training nightmares seem like child’s play. 

It is called parenting an adolescent child. 

Almost overnight, my spirited, confident child who gave no heed to social circles and popularity did a complete about-face…and every area of her life was impacted when she entered junior high. She abandoned her whimsical world of the arts and imagination that brought her such joy and she become hyper-obsessed with boys, make-up, her friends and popularity.  Though I recognized many of these things are normal teen development, they were some potential behaviors that were worrisome and for the first time as a parent, I felt like I had lost control and couldn’t make her life better as she struggled.

 Self-harm ran rampant in her middle school circles. The athletes. The artists. The kids who struggle to fit in. The perfectionist, overachieving kids (SO SO MANY). Every time I’d hear about someone new who was struggling, it opened my eyes to just how pervasive it was. 

I expressed some of my fears and frustrations with my good friend and mother of six who recommended the book, “Reviving Ophelia 25th Anniversary Edition: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls.” Written by Mary Pipher, Ph.D., the Los Angeles Times called it “An eye-opening look at the everyday dangers of being young and female, and how adults can help. An important book…Pipher shines high-beam headlights on the world of teenage girls.” Though written 20+ years ago, this book resonated with me on such a deep level.

I have learned so much since that time by educating myself about mental health, what is normal teen behavior, what is worrisome, and what needs therapy/medication. One thing I did right: I intervened EARLY and got my daughter the help she needed and several years later, she is on a healthy, happy path because she was given the tools early in her life to navigate her mental health.

Self-harm and the Power of “I Care”

A few years ago, I stumbled upon an online article where the author confessed to having a secret. I usually avoid click-bait like that but felt compelled to click through and I’m so glad I did. It was a woman’s incredibly raw narrative of her years-long struggle with self-harming. I noticed there were so many comments attached to the article and, though I usually avoid them at all costs, I couldn’t bear the thought that perhaps some of the people were shaming her…and I wanted to share my support and love with her.

But what unfolded in that comment section is something I have never seen before. Support. Love. Safety.

“The physical pain magically took me away from any emotional pain that I was feeling for a brief time.” -Kari

“I did it for years. Then I got caught. That led to the help I desperately needed. Cutting is rarely for attention. It’s very hidden. It became almost addicting to me and it was a release from my emotional pain. My brain still thinks of it when I’m highly stressed or depressed but thankfully because of the help I received 20yrs ago, I’ve never done it again.”-Mandy

“For those who self-harm or feel like nobody cares please go attend some counseling. There is nothing wrong with seeking help, and nothing wrong with anyone who seeks help. Everyone needs a little help sometimes and it makes you strong for seeking help.”-Rhonda

“This hit me really hard. I cut when I was a teen and occasionally if I’m so stressed or depressed these days I’ll do it. But it’s so correct about nobody taking notice.” -Sandra

And then suddenly, people started to notice it was OK to share.

“I am in my early 20s and still cut and no one cares or notices.” -Maive

I responded:  I care. Please know that you are loved. If you have no one to talk to, please reach out to me.

“I do it in my forties, and no one cares.” -Alex

A chorus of replies. Of the same reply: “I care.” 

And so it continued.

No longer were women confessing their former struggles but they were sharing the demons they are still battling. And with each confession, “I care,” was always, ALWAYS the response.

No matter our background, we all carry some level of pain. How different would this world be if we could all do better in creating safe places for ourselves and our kids?

Warning signs for non-suicidal teen self-injury

Parents and pediatricians alike should look for warning signs of self-injurious behavior. Children’s Hospital Colorado shares these warning signs:

  • Visible marks such as scratches, cuts or burns that are not clearly explained by typical activities
  • Covering up with weather-inappropriate clothing such as long sleeves in the summer or refusing to participate in activities that involve fewer clothes, such as swimming
  • Sharp objects found in a child’s room
  • Worsening symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Knowledge of a friend who is self-harming

Resources for self-injury

Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The Mindfulness Workbook for Teen Self-harm: Skills to Help You Overcome Cutting and Self-harming Behaviors, Thoughts and Feelings. 

Self-Injury: Why Teens Do It, How to Help: An in-depth article from Contemporary Pediatrics with clinical scenarios, assessment charts and more

Cornell University College of Human Ecology: Self-Injury & Recovery Resources: A comprehensive resource for clinicians dealing with self-harm, including information briefs on dozens of self-harm-related topics

S.A.F.E. Alternatives: A leading outpatient facility for teens and adults who self-harm with tons of info on self-harm treatment and interventions

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Important lesson: Helping ALL kids be seen

Every year before school starts, I look at this old metal pitcher and remember.

When I was a brand new school counselor, the school secretary, nurse, attendance secretary, and I used this to wash a sweet little girl’s hair in the sink in the principal’s office restroom on several occasions.metal pitcher story

I don’t even know how I ended up with it.

What I do remember is this sweet baby, and countless others who just needed all the things school had to offer…safety, love, grace, compassion, food, electricity, security…

Not because her parents didn’t love her. Not because she was being neglected. Not because they didn’t want more for her.

They were doing their best. They sent us their best. They wanted so much for her.  It was just hard. Sometimes the paycheck and the utilities ran out before the week did.

So, we washed her hair. We dried her hair. Her mama sent her dirty school clothes to school in her backpack on Thursdays so we could wash them and send them back Friday for the next week.

I remember going to see her momma at work to see how we could help. She was embarrassed at first, but then she felt grace. She let us help her family in a most vulnerable and tough time in their lives.

There’s an African proverb that essentially says, “A child not embraced by the village, will burn it down to feel its warmth.”  They are our children. This is our village.
Teachers all over the world are embracing our children day in and day out.

If you can’t join in and support us, mind your business. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. You NEVER KNOW WHAT ANOTHER PERSON IS GOING THROUGH. Be loving. Be gentle. Be fierce in the things you are passionate about.

“Do small things with great love.” Sometimes the “small” things are the biggest things.

Credit: Act Biggy

“What if we used our mothering love less like a laser, burning holes into the children assigned to us, and more like the sun, making sure all kids are warm?”

― Glennon Doyle, Untamed

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