Seeing Through Compassionate Lenses #55

“Compassion is not an option — it’s key to our survival.”

“Paradigms are like glasses. When you have incomplete paradigms about the world and other people, it’s like wearing glasses with the wrong prescription. That lens affects how you see everything else.” 


Working within public education for nearly several decades and having three very different children of social and behavioral differences, I’ve been able to learn and receive a better understanding of how kids behave considering their environment, different authoritative modeling, and family dynamics.  These can all have certain effects with children and their academic success as well as building and fostering positive relationships and life skills.  Therefore, it’s crucial that those who are working and educating our youth be especially prepared to handle and model positive ways to providing them with the tools they need in a nurturing and compassionate way.

The way problems are solved around the growing and maturing minds of youth can have either hindering consequences or encouraging success.



“One effective approach I’ve read that is working well is called Collaborative Problem Solving–represents a radical departure from traditional school discipline practices.  It can help school staff view challenging behavior through more compassionate, accurate, and productive lenses.  It can clarify what they need to focus on to help challenging students.  And it can provide them with the tools they need.  But it’s not easy.  It’s hard work.”

To better understand this method and read more about this successful program, please go to the following links:
“Man masters nature not by force but by understanding.”  ~Jacob Bronowski

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”
~Benjamin Franklin

“I hope that someday we will learn the terrible cost we ‘all’ pay when we ignore or mismanage those people in society who MOST need our help.”
~The Honorable Judge Sandra Hamilton, Provincial Court of Alberta, Canada


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