More Jelly Beans Prayer

cartoon of a mom and boy with jelly bean basket. The boy says, "I had a jelly bean prayer that you would buy more jelly beans."
I love jelly beans. There! I’ve said it! I loved them ever since I bit into my first licorice jelly bean. They gave me great satisfaction because I soon learned many kids didn’t like them. So I would happily collect all the black licorice jelly beans while my classmates would gladly hand them over. Continue reading “More Jelly Beans Prayer”

When is too Early for Traveling Sports Teams?

Cartoon of two babies. One says, “As soon as I can walk, my parents want me on a traveling soccer team.”
Copyright © Kidzmatter and Kevin Spear

 When I drew this cartoon I was thinking about the pressure to perform that some kids face. I am not from a sports-minded family and I probably passed that same lack of interest on to my kids. It’s not that I wasn’t interested in competition. It’s just that there weren’t very many traveling art competitions and ultra competitive writing conferences at my elementary school. (sure, there were spelling bees. I never made it past “pneumonia.”) Continue reading “When is too Early for Traveling Sports Teams?”

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Safety is the best policy

Cartoon of a boy with a cast and a teacher

Cartoon of a boy with a cast. He says to a teacher, “Do you want to see the reason you had to rewrite your safety policy?”

Weeping, Wailing and Gnashing of Teething Rings

A nursery teacher says to a parent, "This morning's nursery saw lots of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teething rings."

There are some things you just can’t prepare for. One baby begins to wail. the next thing you know, you have a choir of weeping and wailing.

Yes, you can see leadership principles in a group of babies. If you have one charismatic cryer, the whole group will join in within a few moments. Continue reading “Weeping, Wailing and Gnashing of Teething Rings”