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Be Conscious of Messages (Solution 10)

28 Oct

For the past ten days I have been posting strategies for building stronger and healthier relationship and communication skills between boys and girls. My goal was to present ideas for bringing kids together to enhance their interaction. Today we reach the end of our top ten list, and I am pleased to present the final solution.…..Solution 10: Be Conscious of Messages Continue reading

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Minimize the Use of Gender Labels (Solution 9)

27 Oct

Let’s jump right into it shall we?
Solution 9: Minimize the Use of Gender Labels

Everything has a label, a name, a title….We need to know how to refer to things. I use hundreds when talking to my own kids: Honey, Sweetie, Baby, Lovie, Kiddo, Dude, Babe, Sweetheart, Sugar, Lamb……When I’m speaking to both of them I will sometimes say Girls or Ladies, but I don’t think I have ever said to just one child alone, “Um, girl…could you please put your dirty clothes in the basket?” That’d be weird, right? But in groups we often use gender as a label, and often when it really isn’t necessary. Continue reading

Norms and Expectation (Solutions 7 & 8)

26 Oct

Whether it’s in school, the workplace, within the community as a whole or at home in a marriage, the world is coed, and boys and girls would benefit from strengthening their skills to work and communicate together. But because boys and girls socialize each other in such different ways, we face a challenge in enhancing these skills. We must figure out ways to bring them together and confront the norms they have come to accept. Which brings me to today’s solutions (yep – it’s a combo again. It may be a cop out, but it really was difficult to separate the two)….Solution 7: Normalize the Boy-Girl Friendship and Solution 8: Communicate Expectations. 

What do our kids think about friendships between boys and girls? Do they view these relationships in the same way they do those between their same-sex friends? Continue reading

Classroom Environment (Solutions 5 and 6)

24 Oct

We’ve hit the halfway mark on the top-ten list! When I started thinking about writing-up this next solution, it made some sense to me to combine it with another. Both have to do with the classroom and the classroom environment. I know many of you aren’t teachers, but as parents involved in your child’s school, I think much of the following may be of interest. So today’s post is a two for one…..Solution 5: Adjust Physical Environment & Solution 6: Creating a Sense of Community. Continue reading

Discover Common Ground (Solution 4)

21 Oct

Okay, here we go. Day 4…..Solution 4: Discover Common Ground

 It’s kind of getting late in the day, and I’m rushing to get this post up, but I have a good explanation for my procrastination. I spent the morning at the Arizona Head Start Association’s Mental Health Symposium, presenting a workshop on Bringing Boys and Girls Together in the Early Childhood Setting. See…my excuse is relevant. Continue reading

Cooperate and Collaborate (Solution 3)

20 Oct

Woohoo – day 3! I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t stressing me out, but I’m hoping that sharing this top ten solutions list in ten days will prove useful and interesting. Just as a quick recap, day 1 was dedicated to intentionally bringing boys and girls together, and day 2 focused on fun. Today’s solution adds a third layer onto this mission of bringing boys and girls together in ways that will enhance relationships…..Solution 3: Cooperate and Collaborate. Continue reading

Have Fun (Solution 2)

19 Oct

Day 2 of 10! Are you back? Just joining me? Well, I’m happy you’re here, and incidentally, being “happy” has everything to do with today’s post…Solution 2: Have Fun! Continue reading

Increase Contact (Solution 1)

18 Oct

Welcome to day 1 on my mission to post a daily solution for bringing boys and girls together.  I probably should have written all of these posts before declaring to do so, but where is the fun in that? So the pressure is on, and without further ado….Solution 1: Increase Contact! Continue reading

Every Problem Has A Solution (Or Maybe 10)

17 Oct

I’m kind of obsessed with this new website my kids’ school just implemented. It’s not the easiest thing to access (there’s logging-in, passwords etc…), but it’s totally worth it because I get to be a fly on the wall, regularly viewing pictures and videos.

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Best Practices

5 Oct

Best practices emphasize the importance of diversity in children’s play experiences and friendships.

But in reality, Continue reading

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