She Is Not A Gift – Girl Scouts Dry-Up Holiday Brainwashing

She’s lovely, innocent, and deserves to enjoy a developmentally appropriate holiday free of un-wanted touch, and yet that human right is often undermined by “socially accepted” norms. In an article about brainwashing,  the writer Julia Layton states, In psychology, the study of brainwashing, often referred to as thought reform, falls into the sphere of “social influence.” […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Affect All of US

This post is a link-fest that provides critical research on why children act-out, are checked-out, or even drop-out of school. Keep in mind, that information about ACEs is not limited to children’s behavior and physiology, but also why parents, teachers, and other educators can be more prone to stress related illness, depression, alcoholism — and […]

Cultural Continuity: A Interesting Concept…Hard to Execute

(The teacher I needed would have looked like this) I have to give kudos to WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies as a forerunner in embracing  — against the social trend — the concept of “Cultural Continuity”.Their research supported the fact that Hispanic Caregivers provided better care for Hispanic infants/toddlers, African American Caregivers provided better […]