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Friendship Troubles

Friends

Making new friends.

Handling  challenging situations.

Knowing when to move on…

What do you do when a friend wants to do something that is unkind, thoughtless, or involves breaking the rules?

What do you do when a friend is bossy, self-centered and treats you unkindly?

If a friend  treats you badly, is it okay to treat them the same way?

Relationships are messy and there are not always clear cut answers.

Problems = Opportunities

As adults we need to learn to welcome opportunities to help children navigate the murky waters of friendship.  The social skills that children learn (or don’t learn!) will serve them all their lives.  Everyone has a basic need to belong, to feel loved and cared for. Learning social skills at a young age will equip children in their adult years  to handle  the problems that arise in any friendship.

Look for opportunities to:

  • Teach children to  recognize their own self-worth. Kids who feel comfortable in their own skin are often the best at encouraging others to be their best selves as well.  By sharing with children your vision for their authentic and best self, you are empowering them to see themselves in their best light.
  • Teach children empathy.  Children who are  good at listening and observing other’s feelings make supportive and thoughtful friends.
  • Teach children to see friendship troubles as opportunities to learn and grow.  Too often we see conflict as something to be avoided or ignored rather than an opportunity to understand someone else’s perspective and develop a deeper relationship.

 

Grab ‘N Go Lesson Plan for Busy Educators: 

Friendship and Conflict Lesson Plan

 

Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about  Good Manners

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 In this book, Wyatt learns what to say to a bossy friend and how to turn a challenging situation into an empowering one for both characters.  You can find the book here:  http://wyatthewonderdog.com/manners

Book Signing For Rescue Dog Hatch Is A Big Success

The book signing at Must Love Dogs Inc. to benefit Rescue dog Hatch was a huge success! Wyatt made the CBS Atlanta 6:00 news! Check out the
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Pam and me signing those books!

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Everyone got to meet Hatch, the sweetest dog in the world and hear Wyatt’s story. Thanks to Must Love Dogs Inc. for sponsoring the event. It was a great Saturday afternoon!

Wyatt Is Here!!!

 

 

What an amazing journey this has been! Publishing is definitely a different world and time has a different meaning to us all. After about five months of waiting for printing to occur, everything is finally completed and I have a box of shiny new books sitting in my office. It has been a thrill to share them with others. Just this week, I have begun reading the story in first grade classes and the reaction of the students is precious. They are amazed that I could actually get the words on the pages. Sometimes I am amazed at that as well.

You can order the book right here on this website by going to the products page!! Thank you Hayley, my virtual assistant and real daughter! You can also order the book on amazon.com or through the publisher, Outskirtspress.com. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way and to all who have been so encouraging throughout the journey.