This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, I am more and more concerned that our youngsters are not behaving appropriately in our schools and society as a whole. I’m heartbroken of what I see these days both in our communities and school systems. As parents, we need to ‘reel’ our children back in. Parents need to Parent! Dear Parents need to parent! Dr. Cherrye strongly agrees with you. Parents cannot be friends with their children. Yes, parents can be loving and friendly, but parents need to have defined limits. Children should know that they’re not on the same level as their parents. They must respect the lineage difference, authority, rules,[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, There’s a lot going on in our society. Our children are exposed to all sorts of meanness, bullying and violence. We hear of youngsters using profanity, disrespecting elders, and just plainly – disregarding the feelings of others. I feel that we’re raising a culture of children growing up without care and compassion toward their peers and adults. Whatever happened to family values? Dear Whatever happened to family values, To teach children family values, and to have respect for others, we must first teach them how to own care and compassion. They must be taught to treat others with kindness. This is what empathy[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, I’m a public school teacher, and I see lots on contention among students being mean to one another. With so much negatively and division going on in the news, how can we teach children about diversity, unity and multicultural acceptance? I’m so tired of the divisiveness and bullying that’s going on in my classroom. Dear I’m so tired .., You can search online and/or Pinterest for a slew of diversity activities that can be used with your students teaching them how bullying hurts. In particular, I want to share an activity with you that I saw online just the other day. I want to first say that this is not my idea, creation of[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, What are effective strategies for transforming the school bully? I realize most people do not feel sorry for children who cause trouble. Most people do not have a heart for the bully’s meanness, and menaces, especially if they are parents with children who have been hurt at the hands of a bully. BUT, shouldn’t we focus on taking a closer look at this child? Yes or No? Dear Yes or No, As an advocate against bullying, it is my belief that we must first safeguard the child (the victim) being bullied. In doing so, however, one of the main avenues is healing the[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, Bullying is wearing us out, and does not appear to be vanishing in our schools. Yet, you have continued your outreach giving parents, teachers and educators great pointers and tips. ~ What next? ~ Dear What next? I realize how you must feel. Bullying is still on the rise, so we must remain steadfast and diligent in our attempt to decrease these unwanted, nerve wracking behaviors. I feel you! I am reminded of the ‘star fish’ story and how impossible it appeared to the man for the little boy to save the thousands of star fish that washed onto the shore after the[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, I was visiting with my neighbor the other day and became shocked at how she feels about disciplining her children. She hasn’t right-out said it, but I believe she feels I’m too lenient. In her opinion, parents are failing their children if they do not use household chores and labor as a means to build their children’s character. I shared with my neighbor that I believe in discipline just as she does, but I never thought about using chores and labor as a way to build my children’s character. To me, Dr. Cherrye, this sounds a bit harsh. ~ My children are not[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, Our daughter has had a refreshing winter break away from school. We actually noticed glimpses of her pretty smiles and watched her relax during the holiday season. It has been a much needed break away from the school setting taking a heavy load off her shoulders. Actually, our daughter loves school. It’s the bullying acts that she hates As the days are narrowing down, it will be time to return back to school. What can we continue to say, or do to help our daughter with her anxiety of returning back to a school campus of bullies? ~ We feel her dread ~[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, I’m a Social Worker, and I work with many families within and outside of the school settings. The Winter Break (about two weeks at home with families) can sometimes be tough on some kids.  Please provide activities, or even book title ideas that can be used to assist children with taking their minds off their problems. I want to help encourage better moods, and behaviors this holiday season. Due to the array of backgrounds, some children are just born into terrible home lives. ~ Not all children are as fortunate as others ~ Happy Holidays for some Children Dear Not all children are[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, As a teacher and parent, I realize the holidays can be extremely fun and upbeat for some children, but not all. I co-teach with a dear friend who just cannot wrap her head around why some kids seem sad around the holidays. What advice can you help me share with my dear teacher friend? ~ Not every child’s life is a bed of roses ~ Dear Not every child’s life is a bed of roses, Indeed yes! The holidays can be a stressful time for many children and their families. Teachers can help ease the tension by paying attention to the needs of[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, As I visited an elementary school sharing in Thanksgiving lunch, I was very observant of the atmosphere, and students. Since parents and families were invited to share in this occasion, I wondered if the students had been introduced to thematic lessons teaching them about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States, and how this holiday with family may have impacted their lives and culture. I was disappointed that it appeared to be more of a rushed, money making festivity rather than having any true meaning. I saw no decorations. The cost of the visitor lunch plate was a whopping $5.00, but the[…]

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